Percy Tackle Co. In Portland,Maine was well known decades ago for its tackle, lures & flies. As a tribute to them this fly gets its name. With a dark silouette this fly is a favorite in the depths. A little history: Gardner A. Percy, who became a “nationally known designer of fishing flies,” was born on February 28, 1887 in Newport, Vermont. On August 6, 1910, he married Mildred H. Mitchell of Stow, Massachusetts. In 1913, Gardner worked as a papermaker in Westbrook, Maine. Later he worked for the railroad. Gardner and Mildred started commercially tying fishing flies in their Woodford Street home northwest of downtown Portland in 1926. They specialized in making streamer flies, and some four years later the business was located in Congress Street in Portland. His two sons, Gardner A. and Lisle C., joined the business in the late 1940s. Gardner junior apparently predeceased his father and when Gardner senior died on September 19, 1949 – at age 62 – Lisle continued the business. By the 1960s the business was no longer owned by a Percy and the company ceased operations in the late 1970s. Gardner A. Percy is buried in Eastern Cemetery, Gorham, Maine. Percy Tackle Company remained throughout it’s existence primarily a fly-typing business. A price list found was dated to approximately 1930s. he sold his flies based on his own grading system : Grade A flies sold for 50 cents each, Grade B flies each retailed for 40 cents, and the Standard Grade sold for 25 cents apiece. Trout flies with barbless hooks each sold for 30 cents. Salmon flies sold for $1.00 each for a single hook; double hook salmon flies went for $1.50 each. Bass flies retailed for 25 cent


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