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This profile was last updated on 11/20/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Inventor

Muddler Minnow
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Muddler Minnow
  • Founder
    Original Muddler Fly
  • Founder
    The Muddler Fly
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Web References
Its golden flanks were dotted with ...
www.flyfisherman.com, 20 Nov 2010 [cached]
Its golden flanks were dotted with black and red spots as big as the end of a pencil, and as I watched the heavy trout slowly fin its way back to the deep run, I gave a quiet thanks to Don Gapen, the inventor of the Muddler Minnow. He created the fly for the clear waters of Ontario's Nipigon River where it has caught countless trophy brook trout, but Gapen's elegant fly isn't just for brook or brown trout. The Muddler Minnow-and its many variations-works wonders on rainbows in Alaska, steelhead in the Great Lakes and on the West Coast, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and even some saltwater gamefish.
Jack Gartside's Quiz o the Month
www.jackgartside.com, 23 Jan 2002 [cached]
Originator of the Muddler Minnow: Don Gapen
East Texas Fly Fishers Links
www.easttexasflyfishers.org, 5 Mar 2006 [cached]
Muddler Minnow created in 1937 by Don Gapen
About Us
www.gapen.com, 2 July 2013 [cached]
The Gapen Company has been a family-owned business since 1936 when the Original Muddler Fly was created by Don Gapen. Since then we have been producing quality fishing tackle and pioneering innovation in the tackle industry. You may have heard of the Ugly-Bug, the Bait-Walker, or even the Walk-N-Lizard.
Gapen History
www.gapen.com, 8 April 2006 [cached]
Above, Don Gapen, creator of the Original Muddler Fly in 1936, shows off a 10-pound 4-ounce brooktrout caught on his beloved fly in the river he treasured, the Nipigon. To the right the Original Muddler Fly as it was tied by Don Gapen. In 1936 Don Gapen moved north to Nipigon, Ontario, Canada, at the end of Hwy 61. The road was gravel. Here the Gapens purchased Chalet Bungalow Lodge, a 65 capacity American plan resort once owned by the Canadian Railway. At Nipigon, famous for its world record brook trout, Don and his family spent their summers and winters creating a resort for fishermen who flocked there to catch the record size brook trout, lake trout, northern pike, whitefish, sturgeon and the bountiful supply of walleye.
It was here that Don Gapen created the world famous Muddler Fly and it was here that his son Dan Gapen began an outdoor career and education.
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