Francis Betters Memorial Statue Project
Fran Fest - Saturday October 12, 2013. Live music, games and food. Raising funds to commission a life-size bronze statue of Francis Betters, the legendary Adirondack fly-fisherman.
In honor & memory of Francis Betters, an Adirondack fly fisherman. Fran was born in Wilmington, NY, in 1931 and lived to be 78. He began fishing as a young boy and never stopped. He said his father was the best fisherman he ever knew & that he taught him most of what he knew about fishing and the outdoors. Fran wrote about fishing, was an expert fly-tier & was known for developing specialized local fly patterns such as the Haystack, Usual, Bomber and Au Sable Wulff. Fran built rods too. He was an authentic Adirondack character & loved to tell stories, sharing his knowledge & great sense of humor. Fran especially loved the West Branch AuSable River & its fast, challenging waters.
Fran owned & operated the Adirondack Sport Shop in Wilmington for almost 50 years & was inducted into the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum Hall of Fame in 2008.
Friends of Francis Betters are raising funds to commission a life-size bronze statue to be placed near the Lake Everest dam in Wilmington, to honor and memorialize the West Branch Au Sable River fly-fishing legend.
Donations are tax deductible & can be sent to:
Mr. TJ Swan donated audio CD’s including over 70 minutes of Fran talking about his life, fishing, poems & his great stories; included w/ donation.
$25 Mini-Muddler ______ $250 Usual ______________
$50 Caddis ____________ $500 AuSable Bomber _____
$100 Haystack _________ $1000 AuSable Wulff ______
Town of Wilmington (501c3)
Fran Betters Statue Project
PO Box 180
Wilmington, NY 12997