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PostPosted: May 10th, 2018, 6:16 pm 
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Ray Stout, long time Big Eddy regular passed away today in Bangor. Ray was a retired Marine Officer (Captain) who started fishing the Penobscot river back in the 70's. He and his buddy Eddie Reif guided on the river for years. Ray was a great fisherman and storyteller, we often wondered about the validity of some of his fishing stories but always gave him the benefit of doubt. Ray was one of the original founders of the Veazie Salmon Club and is credited with the creation of the Floating smelt, at least the version used on the West Branch, it's a fly still very popular and widely used today.

I've got an old Bamboo rod Ray gave me several years ago and I plan to fish it this Memorial Day. Hope he's watching.

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 Post subject: Re: Tip a glass
PostPosted: May 10th, 2018, 8:05 pm 
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Sip poured. Ray was a good dude. Back when I was in grad school and had posted here that I was having trouble tying boot bodies, he searched me out at the Cabin Fever Reliever to give me proper instruction and biot material (goose, but he called it Kalifornia condor). Quite a sense of humor. My condolences to his friends and family.

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 Post subject: Re: Tip a glass
PostPosted: May 10th, 2018, 8:35 pm 
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Oh geez. :-(

Ray was a class gentleman. I took several trips down the main stem of the Penobscot with Ray while he was guiding for Eddie and rowing those damn pea pod boats that Eddie had. A great guy. Very sorry to read this.

Dave M

PS: I still have a genuine Rays Floating Smelt that he gave me up on the West Branch at an FFIM Clave several years ago that sits above my tying bench as inspiration.

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 Post subject: Re: Tip a glass
PostPosted: May 10th, 2018, 11:21 pm 
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Sorry to hear that- thank you Al for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Tip a glass
PostPosted: May 11th, 2018, 5:11 am 
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Very sad to hear..
Straight up guy always ready to give you a pointer

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 Post subject: Re: Tip a glass
PostPosted: May 11th, 2018, 6:17 am 
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I too have an original floating smelt that I have on my bench. While many leave this world without real impact, he will be remembered by fish for decades to come. Sorry to hear-

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 Post subject: Re: Tip a glass
PostPosted: May 11th, 2018, 8:06 am 
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Sorry to hear that. I have a floating smelt he gave me at a Cabin Fever Reliever that will now go into retirement.


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