Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fly Fishing Legend Lost in Accident

I write with a heavy heart at the loss of a fly fishing legend Denny Breer, owner of Trout Creek Flies in Dutch John, Utah. Having just returned back from a trip to Belize, I was just informed today that the "Dean of the Green" died in a tragic accident on November 6th at his home. Years before I had the privilege of meeting Denny, my friends and I had thoroughly studied his book, Utah's Green River: A Fly Fisher's Guide to the Flaming Gorge Tailwater. Many of the techniques and lessons we learned from his book transferred to other tailwaters we would visit. He has been an unbelievable wealth of knowledge over the years.

A few years ago at the start of Fly Currents, Nick and myself were constantly on the road meeting with fly shop owners and guides. Being a new company with a new idea we got plenty of sceptical looks and suspicious reactions. Occasionally we would come across an owner that immediately understand what we were trying to do and get enthusiastic about helping us reach our objectives. On this rocky road we met with Denny and I will never forget how generous he was with his time and how he offered to help us without hesitation. It is no coincidence that many of the owners we met with afterwards were much more open to our ideas after knowing Denny was involved. We will always be grateful.

Whether you are just learning to fly fish or a seasoned angler there is a void in our sport that will be hard to fill. In an industry that, at times, can have strong opinions and egos, I have never heard anything but admiration and affection for Denny. He will be sorely missed.


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