Lee Wulff (1905-1991) was a well-known sports fisherman and hunter, conservationist, author, photographer and film producer. He initially visited Newfoundland in 1935 on a fishing expedition as a guest of the Commission of Government of Newfoundland. The government was inviting photographers to visit Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1930’s with the goal of boosting tourism. Wulff an avid fisherman promoted salmon and blue fin tuna fishing, establishing two world records. He also ran fishing camps on the Great Northern Peninsula.
Over the next three decades, Wulff served as a consultant on sports fishing, hunting and tourist resources in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Wulff introduced several innovative techniques for sports fishermen, which received international recognition. These included the short wading vests worn by fly fishermen and hair-wing dry flies for the salmon fishery.
Wulff favored the designation of salmon as game fish, and promoted the conservation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s sports fisheries by utilizing the “catch and release” method. He also established angling schools in conjunction with his wife Joan Wulff.
Wulff made twenty films about fishing and hunting in Newfoundland. His articles and photography were published in numerous magazines including Maclean’s, Outdoor Magazine, Field and Stream, American Sportsman, Atlantic Salmon Journal, and the Atlantic Advocate. His autobiography, Bush Pilot Angler: A Memoir was published in 2000.
The Rooms is now making available on line GN 186 a series of 741 aerial views of Newfoundland and Labrador communities photographed by Wulff. The community photographs were taken by Wulff in the 1940’s from his own plane; the photographs are arranged alphabetically.
Find an aerial view of your community here: