Sad News, Doug Rose Has Died.

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  1. Steve Knapp

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    Doug was an incredible person and conservationist. He will be missed. I am lucky to have been able to meet and fish with him. His time came too fast. What a tragedy.


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    To lose a friend is always sad. To lose a friend who you've only met a handful of times is hard. To have someone become a friend from his writing is not always easy to do. Doug could write so you could believe
    he was your friend. Once in his presence you knew he was your friend.
     
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    "Hey Leland, come here! There's a good fish that rose about 40' feet over there, put your popper in the ring," said Doug. I did and I hooked it. "That was fantastic, what a great take!" he said in between laughs. As he framed this photo, he laughed that great laugh that could only come from Doug. I will miss him. Thanks Doug. Rest in peace my friend.
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    Wow, wow, wow. This news is like a punch to the gut. Like many others, I first got to know Doug through his writing about the OP rivers, especially the Color of Winter. A few years ago, my wife wanted to hike from Lake Ozette to Cape Alava. Remembering a story by Doug in the Color of Winter, I shlepped in my fly rod and wading boots and fished for pretty, searun cutts in the freshwater lagoon of the Ozette River - very cool. The next summer, I asked him to guide me to some potential fishing locations around Forks. I caught my first silver on a fly that morning and a nice hatchery steelhead the next day at a spot I had fished with Doug the previous day. Our day was great, filled with his stories of the history of the early pioneers of the OP rivers and the prominent names in flyfishing in the area. And, at my specific request, he really worked with me on recognizing quality holding water. Through our conversations we shared our love of the Ranch section of the Elwha and our hopes that the removal of the dams would improve this special place. We became friends and I treasure my conversations and emails that we exchanged.

    The measure of a life is not the money we earn; we can't take it with us. But it is in the impressions that we make in the lives of others. Those impressions will live on long after our corporal remains are no longer. By that measure, Doug was a giant and will live on through his writings and the memories of his friends. He has joined that Pantheon of heroes of flyfishing in that special place, the West End.

    I will miss him. My deepest condolences to his wife and Doug's other friends.

    Steve
     
  5. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    My gosh, seems like just last week when we learned he was ill. I can only hope that when my time comes I too can pass so quickly.

    Sigh.

    K
     
  6. golfman65

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    Very sad news...Glad he passed peacefully and with his dog at his side...
     
  7. Tacoma Red

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    I am so saddened to hear of this. His sweet words of prose will live on forever as his kindness given to so many friends and fishing compatriots. I feel so very fortunate to have known him so very briefly because of the impact he has had on me as a fisherman. His kindness to me came at an important part in my life.

    To those of you who have known him the best and have loved him and been loved by him my deepest condolences and prayers that your hearts are someday healed.
     
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    I am saddened to read the news. He way Doug wrote really resonates with me, I love reading his books. I have met Doug and ran into him a few times out and about. Always delightful, caring and wiling to share some knowledge. Strength to Doug's family and friends. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
     
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    I'm saddened to hear the news. A great one lost too soon. Back in September I was supposed to fish with Doug for the first time, but the flows were so low that he let us reschedule for a later date to be determined. That date was unfortunately never scheduled, and I will regret that for the rest of my life. His books were the catalyst that led me towards the passion that I have for steelhead. Godspeed good sir. I still expect that trip once I leave this world.
     
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    I will always remember the laughter at Neah Bay when he let his backcast drop into the water a little too long and when he came forward to cast a silver salmon was already there.

    Great writer but a much better person.
     
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    Very sad to see Doug pass on. Although I did not know him personally, like many others, I have been greatly inspired by his writing. He captured the essence of what I hold most dear about rivers and fishing as well as anyone. Doug was one of the good guys and it stinks he is no longer with us. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. May the waters always be steelhead green in the rest of your journey, Doug.
     
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    So sorry to hear that Doug is not with us anymore... He guided me one day on the OP and it is still one of the most memorable trips I remember. He taught me how to grease line/skate the fly and I caught the steelhead on my 10th cast that morning!

    RIP Doug
     
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    Condolences to Doug's friends and family. Doug was one of my favorite fishing writers, through his stories I have fished the OP many many times.
     
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    So sorry to hear this news. I did not know Doug Rose personally, but I listened to the man talk more than once, and read a lot of his literature. Condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by so many.
     
  15. Steve Rohrbach

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    I am going to hit the vise today and tie up some Keta Rose patterns in honor of our friend Doug. It should be in all of our saltwater boxes this Spring. A very simple but effective pattern. I can hear his laugh now. ketarose.jpg keta_rose.jpg
     
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    This sucks. I only had the pleasure of speaking with him one time, and really looked forward to Cutts & Chums this year. Fair winds and following seas on your journey, Doug. Perhaps, if Cutts & Chums can continue, it would be a fitting memorial, maybe bearing his name?
     
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    Terribly sorry to hear of Doug's passing. I never met him but read Doug's books and posts with interest. It has been a sad pleasure to read the tributes here. Clearly he touched a lot of people and left his mark on the FF community. Condolences to all.
     
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    It is with sadness to read this thread since he had so much more to offer. He was truly a humble gentleman who will be missed greatly by the fly fishing community, his family, and friends. His writing and great books will be his legacy. I was honored to have meet him a couple of times last year and he was one of those special individuals that you would have liked to know better.

    Roger
     
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    Doug Rose was a very talented writer and I will always enjoy going back to his books to explore the OP again and again. I fished with Doug for winter steelhead a few years ago and enjoyed the way he worked to find unknown paths and trails into hidden holding water. It was about quality of experience with Doug, not quantity of hooked fish. I will really miss his great blog and having him out there to protect our fisheries. My condolences to his family.
     
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    Sad news indeed !!
     

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