Sad News Tim Irish

#1
With a heavy heart I have some sad news. One of the truly great guys in fishing passed yesterday. Tim Irish, a mentor and great friend of mine, and a friend to many others I'm sure in the WFF. He was one of the true OG's and friend of the river he loved the Yakima. I met him 30 years ago on the river. He was a true and loyal friend and I shall miss him immensely !! I will pass more as I hear. I'll see you on the other side old friend !!!!
 

suckegg

Active Member
#5
Yet another "special one" slips from our midsts. Those of you who hold the Yakima's trout dear to your hearts might want to send some thanks Tim's way. He was instrumental in the effort ending the stocking program and changing it's status to catch & release. Tim was ahead of his time in that vision from which many of us now find great enjoyment in.

Just last week Tim shared a touching personal story with me that left me barely able to hold back the tears. I was not aware Tim was orphaned at birth till he shared his story. He said for 60 year he wanted to find a blood relative but he had no luck even knowing his mothers maiden name. His daughter recently suggested he list his name on a website built to help people find their relatives. In just a few weeks he received a letter from his mother who was living in Idaho. A meeting was arranged and Tim said he met a "house full of relatives" when the door opened at his mothers place. It was clear it meant the world to him and in a way it was as if he'd been relieved, freed from the burden of a mystery that riddled and clawed at him for a lifetime. I had never seen him so happy and at ease as I walked out of the shop on what was to be our final conversation. I am thankful we crossed paths and for all the stories and theories on fishing he shared. I'm far more thankful though Tim's wish was fulfilled before he passed.
 

BDD

Active Member
#6
Having worked with and along side Tim for 5 or 6 years, I truly felt privileged calling him my friend. Listening to his vast knowledge of the Yakima River, and even more than that, life itself, will be sorely missed. I was so happy for him when he found his long, lost family. May he rest in peace and his new-found family find comfort in finally meeting him before passing on.
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#8
Yet another "special one" slips from our midsts. Those of you who hold the Yakima's trout dear to your hearts might want to send some thanks Tim's way. He was instrumental in the effort ending the stocking program and changing it's status to catch & release. Tim was ahead of his time in that vision from which many of us now find great enjoyment in.

Just last week Tim shared a touching personal story with me that left me barely able to hold back the tears. I was not aware Tim was orphaned at birth till he shared his story. He said for 60 year he wanted to find a blood relative but he had no luck even knowing his mothers maiden name. His daughter recently suggested he list his name on a website built to help people find their relatives. In just a few weeks he received a letter from his mother who was living in Idaho. A meeting was arranged and Tim said he met a "house full of relatives" when the door opened at his mothers place. It was clear it meant the world to him and in a way it was as if he'd been relieved, freed from the burden of a mystery that riddled and clawed at him for a lifetime. I had never seen him so happy and at ease as I walked out of the shop on what was to be our final conversation. I am thankful we crossed paths and for all the stories and theories on fishing he shared. I'm far more thankful though Tim's wish was fulfilled before he passed.
I am so happy that Tim was able to do this before he died.
Leland.
 

doublespey

Steelhead-a-holic
#9
I met Tim in the 80s when he owned a little drivein called "Irish's" in Ellensburg. He was just getting into guiding and my dad and I met up with him and started arranging trips. Over the next 10+ years he taught me a lot about flyfishing, the Yakima, and just plain having fun.

Timbo was a serious prankster - he really got me one trip in August. He kept talking about the terrible Rattlesnake plague they were experiencing in the Canyon. Mid-afternoon, I'm stepping out of the raft with my hands filled with fly rods and gear when Tim shouts "Watch out - SNAKE!" while rubbing a couple pine cones together behind my back.

You'd be amazed how real that 'rattle' sounded - I threw that gear up on shore and promptly face-planted in the water.

I'll always remember Tim's ever-present smile and joy of teaching and sharing. RIP my friend!
 
#11
What a shock. I'm a flurry of emotion right now. Several times a week for the last three years I would see his truck at the shop and stop in to get advice or just listen to a story. Much of what I know about the river and fly fishing was learned from Tim. He was a giant sequoia of the local fishing world.

The last time we talked was Saturday. I was telling him about catching stockers at Matoon. Even though he was the one that suggested that I try it he was teasing me a bit. He told me to bring some gravel and throw it into the water to "chum" for the stockers.

Tim and I were in the same tribe (short guys). Whenever the subject of casting came up he would get around to how big guys like Lefty Kreh cheated when casting because of the size of their wrists.

Tim liked modern fast action rods and lightweight reels. I brought in my Medalist to get some backing. He looked at me and said "You not going to put that on your rod, are you"?
 

Preston

Active Member
#12
It must have been pretty sudden. I stopped by the shop on Tuesday afternoon and, in the course of conversation, asked after him; he was apparently okay then.
 

ribka

Active Member
#14
RIP Tim.

Tim was a wonderful person and a very knowledgable outdoorsman.

Spent hours gabbing with him at the WB. Walking into the WB always count on a big smile and a willingness to share his ideas experiences new fly .

What a shame. Will really miss Tim
 
#15
RIP Tim.

Tim was a wonderful person and a very knowledgable outdoorsman.

Spent hours gabbing with him at the WB. Walking into the WB always count on a big smile and a willingness to share his ideas experiences new fly .

What a shame. Will really miss Tim
Same experience for me. I moved to Ellensburg four years ago and Tim has been my mentor for learning the area. Many times I dropped in to pick up 1-2 items and ended up getting an oral dissertation on fish behavior, or a story about a fishing trip to Montana with the kind of detail that a guy wants to write down and use on his next trip. Very sad.