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FAMED PENNSYLVANIA ARTIST’S WORK TO GRACE 2006 TROUT/SALMON STAMP
NED SMITH PIECE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER MAGAZINE COVER

1981 PA Angler coverA painting by the late Pennsylvania wildlife artist Ned Smith has been selected to appear on the 2006 Pennsylvania Trout/Salmon Stamp. “Sting of the Hook,” an acrylic depicting a brook trout – the state fish – surging for freedom against a fly expertly hooked in the corner of its mouth, was created for the 50th anniversary edition of the-then Pennsylvania Fish Commission’s Pennsylvania Angler magazine in 1981. In homage to its roots, the painting will also again grace the cover of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) magazine when the 75th anniversary issue of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater is published in the fall of 2006.

The 2006 edition will mark the last installment of this particular series of stamps, prints and patches (the Commission transitioned from a paper-based fishing license system to an electronic process in 2007). The artwork featured on the 2006 collectible stamps and prints is in a vertical format, unique among the 16 editions that make up the series.

In 1991 Pennsylvania introduced a new permit required of all licensed anglers fishing for trout and salmon. The primary intent of the program was to provide improved funding for managing trout fisheries – field studies, habitat improvement, hatchery production, stocking and law enforcement. It also provided an opportunity for a little artistic flair; the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission opted to issue the permits as collectible stamps featuring fine works of art.

Since that time, artwork depicting the Commonwealth’s various trout species, some of the state’s noted trout waters, an historic train car used in the early days of stocking, and even the bond between generations of anglers have appeared on Pennsylvania Trout/Salmon Stamps. Featured pieces have been selected via juried contests, commissioned or simply hand chosen.

Executive Edition of 2006 print, signed by PFBC Executive Director Dr. Douglas Austen and featuring a mint condition stamp from each of the Pennsylvania Trout/Salmon Stamp’s 16-year run

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