Thursday, 23 July 2015

Nipigon River before and After the Dams

The slide show that flips between old and current views of the Nipigon River was a big hit during the Brook Trout Festival weekend.  It will run the rest of the summer. The light blue in the map is the old river as it flowed before the dams were created. The darker blue is today's river.

Mills Fish

Mills fish mount moved under glass.
This was the winner of the Mary Pickford trophy in 1936.
Nipigon River catch.

Fin colour after 79 years of mount.

Beads used to imitate water drops.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

We have now passed 70,000 PAGEVIEWS


Now that the 100th Anniversary celebrations are over I will have time to put up what our museum displays look like now.

The large wall map showing the Nipigon River  before and after the dams .
The flat screen TV shows a slide presentation of before and after photos.
Visiting us again was carver Denis Sinclair.


Introduction Ceremony for Dr. Cook and Party commemorating the capture of the World Record Brook Trout Tuesday July 21, 2015
The Nipigon Fishing Hall of Fame is being established to recognize persons or organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to the heritage of fishing in the Nipigon area.
One hundred years ago today, the world’s biggest brook trout was captured in the Nipigon River.  It continues to be the record today. It is the second longest angling record in existence. ( Answer your question? It’s a perch! )
The Nipigon River brook trout has played a huge role in shaping this community.  Nipigon was world famous for 70 years before the capture of the world’s biggest brook trout.
However it is the capture of the world’s largest brook trout that has kept Nipigon famous for the past 100 years.  The benefits to our community have been enormous and for that we are grateful.
We acknowledge this contribution today and honour the following angling party and guides who were part of this memorable event by making them the first inductees into the Nipigon Fishing Hall of Fame:
Dr. J. W. Cook
Rod Byrnes
Joe Fife
Robert Neeland
Andrew Lexi (represented today by Norma)
Rafael BOudain
Joe Hardy ( represented today by Clara)
Sam King
Michel Bouchard (represented today by Terry)
John Ogama
Louis Musquash ( represented today by Leona )
Jim Shuse

Lawrence Martin ( represented today by Susan)

The first of many to come as the years pass.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

69,000 PAGEVIEWS and the count goes on

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The Reel Story of the World Record Brook Trout: Fact vs Fiction

Coming Sunday July 19th, 2015  1:30 p.m.

The Reel Story of the World Record Brook Trout: 

Fact  vs.  Fiction

An illustrated presentation at the Nipigon Legion

By Nipigon’s Rob Swainson

A Century of mystery and mix-ups put straight.

Not to be missed

It’s what we’re celebrating this weekend and July 21 in particular.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Brook Trout Festival Weekend Coming Up

Nipigon Ontario is celebrating for three days, the 17th, 18th and 19th of July. They are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the catch of the World Record Speckled  Trout. has all that is going on. For most you need a $10 festival entry bracelet as a participant.
HOWEVER no bracelet is needed to visit the Nipigon Historical Museum which HOLDS the remains of the World Record Speckled (or Brook) Trout and all accompanying banners and exhibits and special guests. Our admission is Silver Collection of your choice.
Our Museum celebrations will continue to the Grand finale on Tuesday July 21, the actual date of the catch. On that date we will be inducting Dr. Cook and his party and Guides into the Nipigon Fishing Hall of Fame - something NEW we are starting.
As soon as this chaos is over I will be posting photos of our new displays and special loans we had.
During the celebrations the Museum will open an hour earlier (10 am) and run through till 8PM as usual.
We will have large (24 x 36inch) posters for sale in the museum only. After the 21st we will offer them on-line too.
The back room is being turned into our Heritage Fishing Gallery with seven foot pull-up banners that tell the story of the Catch and the catchers. Ed Mills' Paddle Pack and Speckled Trout DVD will be running along with special documentaries of the World Record Brook Trout and the River then and Now created by Rob Swainson et al. in partnership with Parks Canada.
Wood Carver Dennis Sinclair will be at the Museum every day of celebration tying flies and showing his jewellery and belt buckles (also for sale).
The Lake Helen Drummers will celebrate the Gift of the River Nipigon and lead up to the naming of the first inductees into the Nipigon Fishing Hall of Fame. (1:30 to 2PM Tuesday July 21)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

July Celebrations




 Story of the World   Record  Brook Trout
  Legion 1:30 Sun.
  Rob Swainson
See the remains of the mount of the World Record Speckled Trout
after fire of Feb. 11, 1990
that destroyed the Nipigon Museum.
See The Nipigon River Fishing Registry book with Dr. Cook’s Party Signatures
July 1915
On loan to Museum
Life size Photos of Dr. Cook’s  World Record Speckled Trout and his World Record Double Catch
  See Dr. Cook’s    Rod and  Reel  
 that caught the World 
  Record Speckled Trout
  July 21, 1915. Owned by 
  Jim Donaldson.
Visit with
 Dr. Cook’s Great Niece  July 18th at 2PM to 4 PM  and July 19th  from 10 AM to 11 AM
Visit with Chief Guide Andrew Lexie’s  Granddaughter
July 18th from 2PM to 4 PM
July 21 after 1PM
Visit with author Dan Gapen Sr. at his book signing July 18th 10 till noon


  View                    I Nipigon River
  Past and Present
  Virtual Tour
View Photo Frame loop of Fishing  in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s
View Paddle Pack and Speckled Trout
E. Mills
LISTEN to the
Tues. 21st 1:30
Visit with Wood Carver Dennis Sinclair Carver of the Life Size replica of the World Record Speckled Trout
See Life Size replicas and posters of the World Record Speckled Trout


  Ari Niemi Collection of Rods and Reels from
   Nipigon’s Past
Ari Niemi Collection  Fly Fishing Flies


  Royalty on the Nipigon River  the Princes   
           Arthur and Edward
The Induction of Dr. Cook, his party and Guides. Tuesday at 2PM Museum Fishing Hall of Fame
   Rock Images  Indian Rock Painting of Nipigon Bay
McKirdy’s Fly Dope - Repalfly