John Morris on Jim Owen

After the publication of James Fork of the White, we acquired this brochure with the photo of Jim Owen holding up a stringer of bass. 

It is not dated but it refers to Bull Shoals as “one of the best fishing lakes in the United States.” It also states that Owen can arrange five- or six-day trips on the James River. 

The four-panel promotion for his float services must have been produced between 1951 (Bull Shoals) and 1958 (Table Rock Dam, which ended long James River float trips). 

We would have noted his enthusiasm for the new reservoir was surprising, given his long opposition to Corps of Engineers projects that turned free-flowing rivers into ponds. 

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