Fishing Museum Hosts Program on ‘Outdoor Life’ Editor and Author Ray Bergman

PULASKI – The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will host a presentation by Gus Aull III of Camillus at 3:30 p.m. March 16.

Aull will share childhood memories and display his collection of items that were once owned by “Outdoor Life” fishing editor and author Ray Bergman.

Bergman wrote thousands of articles for “Outdoor Life” magazine from 1933 to 1959.

Although he never graduated from high school, Bergman he was a prolific writer and authored several books including “Trout,” the undisputed Bible for cold water fishermen in the 1940s through the 1960s. The book is popular today.

Aull and Bergman’s families were close friends and neighbors in Nyack, NY.

“When Ray Bergman died, he left many mementos of his fishing and writing career to young Gus’s father, Gustavus A. Aull. He in turn left them to his son Gus Aull III when he died in 2002,” said Mike Riordan, president of the Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum.

The collection includes original color plates from “Trout,” fly and bait casting rods owned by Bergman, wicker creels, galley proofs, volumes of “Outdoor Life,” and other items.

“Gus Aull intends to create ‘The Ray Bergman On-line Museum’ so that the fishing community can learn and appreciate who Ray Bergman was and what he contributed to the fishing community,” said Riordan.

Located at 3044 State Route 13, Pulaski, the museum hosts an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. the third Sunday afternoon of every month.

For more information call the museum at 315-298-2213, Riordan at 315-374-2997 or visit