We have 206 members as of June 29, 2017. Our newest members are:
Glen McMath – Portland
Welcome to all of you, and please take a moment to say hello at one of the next several meetings.
- Mal McAninch – Portland
We do have a few members that have not yet paid their 2017 dues. If that includes you, please forward your dues as soon as you can. We would love to keep everyone on board supporting the club. There are lots of exciting programs and events coming up.
Your dues are used to help support the great programs we have at our monthly meetings and for the other activities of the club. We don’t make any money on the dinner fees, so we rely on dues to fund programs and activities. Our club is in good financial condition.
Editor’s Note: I recently received an email from Lance Hidy, son of our Club’s founder, Pete Hidy. He sends this message announcing Mr. Hidy’s induction this fall into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. You will see other notables including the northwest’s own Steve Rajeff being honored as well. If you happen to be traveling near the Catskills in New York come October, you might want to make a point of seeing the ceremony at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (and writing it up for the Flyline!). LKH
Your members may be interested to hear the news about Pete Hidy being elected to the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Here is the press release that went out yesterday.
NEW CLASS NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
The following four individuals will be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on Saturday afternoon, October 7, 2017: Vernon S. "Pete" Hidy, Theodore “Ted” Niemeyer, Steve Rajeff and Theodore “Ted” Rogowski. The ceremony will be followed by a dinner (limited seating will be available).
These individuals have been identified by members of the fly fishing community and are being recognized for their significant contributions to the world of fly fishing. More details about the induction ceremony, and the process used to select the nominees will be available in the August edition of Castabout.
Here are thumbnail sketches of the inductees.
Vernon S. "Pete" Hidy – produced “The Art of Tying the Wet Fly” with James E. Leisenring in 1941, and coined the word "flymph" in 1963. He wrote articles for “Sports Illustrated,” edited “The Creel” between 1961 and 1982, and founded The Flyfisher's Club of Oregon in 1960.
He was a founding member of the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1965 along with Lee Wulff, Ted Trueblood and Ed Zern. He influenced the creation of the Silver Creek Preserve in Idaho in 1976.
Pete died January 24, 1983 in Boise, Idaho.
Theodore “Ted” Niemeyer — was a renowned fly tyer, fly fisherman and historian. He had a true love of the sport, was passionate and generous with his knowledge of fly tying, wrote for “Fly Fisherman Magazine” and "Art Flick's Master Fly-Tying Guide."
He demonstrated fly tying at shows through New England and the Pacific NW. He often gave away special flies to interested beginners. Many of his flies have been distributed to collectors and museums. The New York Times called him a notable collector of prize fishing flies.
He died on September 24, 2016 in Seattle, WA, at the age of 87.
Steve Rajeff — born and raised in San Francisco, he has been involved with numerous fly casting schools since the 1970’s. He has conducted fly casting lessons and demonstrations in Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and many countries across Europe.
He is a life member of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, Hall of Fame member of the American Casting Association (ACA), and former Board of Director International Casting Sport Federation, and Federation of Fly-fishers Board of Governor-Certified Casting Instructors.
He has been a dominate presence in the world of competitive casting for over four decades and has won the ACA All Round Championship 42 times and 14 World All-Around Championships. He lives in Washington State.
Theodore “Ted” Rogowski — has a noted career as an environmental attorney, cinematographer, fly tyer and fly fisherman. Author of the Clean Water Act when he worked for the United States EPA, he has been a long-time advocate for clean water and its relationship to fly fishing.
He was a founder of the Theodore Gorgon Flyfishers, along with Lee Wulff, Ed Zern and Ernest Schweibert; and is a member of many fishing organizations. He was behind the camera for some of the classic footage for “The American Sportsman” show with Lee Wulff, which popularized the sport. He is married to Joan Wulff and lives in Lew Beach.