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Ole Time Woodsman, a Maine fly dope from the 1880s, is back

By Aislinn Sarnacki
Bangor Daily News
August 7, 2018
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

Ole Time Woodsman, a fly deterrent with a story that spans back to Maine logging camps in the 1880s, has been resurrected and is now available for purchase online. With a pungent scent that is meant to mask the natural odor of a ripe lumberjack, the dark brown liquid is made from the same recipe as it was more than 100 years ago. “It’s a mixture of pine tar, petroleum distillates — like mineral oil and stuff like that — and essential oils,” Ken “Skip” Theobald III said. An angler, hunter and businessman from Prospect, Theobald purchased the company from his father and has recently worked with the Environmental Protection Agency in Maine to get it back on the shelves after a two-year hiatus. The story goes that a logging crew learned of the effectiveness of the “human scent camo” and placed an order, the rest is history.

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