A Wee Willie Gunn Story ....

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A few years back I set about searching for a Victorian fly pattern, the Dusty Miller, and happened upon this tale by accident. In the late 1940s a chap called 'Dusty Miller' was tying flies for a tackle shop in Brora, N.W. Scotland. Willie Gunn, a local gillie, bought a few, caught six fish one day, four the next and bought some more of the magical fly. So, as there already existed a 'Dusty Miller' fly, this one was named after the lucky gillie, Willie Gunn, not its designer. Interesting enough, but the story went on .....

A few years later a very posh lady was fishing on one bank of the River Brora and doing rather well for herself, when a somewhat forlorn character trudged past on the far bank, rod in hand.
"How are you doing?" she called.
"Not very well, Ma'am." replied the man.
"Well, you ought to try a Willie Gunn." she shouted back, hoping to be helpful.
"Madam," came the voice, "I am Willie Gunn."

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There's an interesting obituary here for Mr. Gunn by Bruce Sanderson from 'The Independent' newspaper, 1996.
 
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You're very welcome, Airborne 82, though credit really goes to Ard. I posted it before and it obviously tickled him enough to stick it here. :icon_lol:
I don't know quite what it is about it, but it somehow it epitomises our sport.

I love the tale in the obituary about him quietly letting another fish through his water - because he seemed to be enjoying himself. True Highland gentility.

All the best,
James.
 

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Ok, something about these Scottish jokes is not registering within my own warped sense of humor. I read another Scottish joke here just recently and that too left me with furrowed brow in attempt to flesh out the humor. Have I been so far removed from the European roots of my ancestors? Why do these well proved humors bounce off my ears like the dull thud of a toad knocking flies off the walls of my house.

I never thought it possible to be pigeonholed into any particular group but now I am haunted by it. Knowing any moment an email from a political organization could be waiting, ready to capitalize on this deficit and stir me to anger towards anyone who gets Scottish jokes. The horror!

Scottish Joke Deficit Dave
 

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I'll try to illuminate the hidden humor Dave,

The joke is that when the lady called out to the downtrodden fellow trudging upstream across from her he had just finished a day where he couldn't catch a fish if it were thrown to him............... She instructed him to 'Try a Willie Gunn' for success like she was having and the fact was that he was in fact Willie Gunn.

Did that help, I gotta leave if I'm gonna see water other than rain today :)
 
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