When the legions of Julius Caesar invaded Gaul in the Rhine Valley, they reported great fish leaping in the rivers; they named them salar, Latin for the leaper. More than 2000 years later, Izaac Walton, the father of modern-day angling, crowned the Atlantic salmon the King of Gamefish.

THE LEAPER SALMON FLY, originated by Jacques Héroux, celebrates another King of the Game and Great Leaper, Bobby Orr. The story …

Led by Bobby, the first 100-point defenseman in NHL history, the Bad Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 29 years. The series was lopsided. Boston won the first three games in St Louis. The Blues, who had made the finals the two previous seasons, were now 0 for 3. Trying desperately to avoid another blanking, they extended the Bruins into overtime in Game 4. But on that Mother's Day, May 10, 1970, Orr scored the mother of all goals when he took a pass from Derek Sanderson only 40 seconds into OT, clinching a 4-3 win and setting off a wild Garden celebration. Orr's goal was his first of the series, and on the play, he was sent flying/leaping by St. Louis defenseman, Noel Picard, creating one of the sport's most enduring images.

Color Legend
Jacques's selection of colors for The Leaper, a featherwing salmon fly, are of special significance and a tribute to Bobby's career:

Black and golden yellow from the Boston Bruins jersey
Silver tag for Stanley Cup wins in 1969-7- and 1971-72
Black floss and hackle on the body to reflect the defenseman's blazing speed, quickness, puck-handling, and knack for scoring
Four turns of silver tinsel on the head of the fly for the famous Number 4 on his jersey, which the Bruins honored when they retired the number
Blue feather on the cheeks as reminder of Bobby's famous playoff goal against the St. Louis Blues on May 10, 1970.