Sad News, Doug Rose Has Died.

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  1. Steve Rohrbach

    Steve Rohrbach Puget Sound Fly Fisher

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    DOUG ROSE
    Author, Lecturer, Fly Fishing Guide and Friend
    RIP
    I am struggling to find the words to describe the loss that I am feeling. Doug was a teacher who has shared his knowledge with thousands through his books, his blog Doug Rose Fly Fishing and seminars like Cutts and Chum that I was lucky enough to tie flies at last spring. This August my son Caldwell and I were in Port Townsend for a trip with Bob Triggs when who wandered up at the cut but Doug. I am so grateful that Bob snapped the attached photo. I laughed again today when rereading Bob's description of the encounter, "Once we got to the beach we realized that we were being stalked by a vagrant. Steve was very kind to this poor man. — with Doug Rose and Steve Rohrbach."
    The fly fishing community has lost a leader today. Our fish will miss his steady hand and reminder of the need for conservation. Most of all, the world will miss his kindness and laugh that warmed a room. 540179_3888356531328_1377707919_n.jpg
    Tight lines my friend!
     
  2. Richard Torres

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    A fantastic photo of him Jack, i'm guessing he was a good friend of yours.
    Although I never met this man, I thoroughly enjoyed his blogs and the wisdom he shared with all of us. His passion of the outdoors and for what he stood for will be sorely missed.
    My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends who lost a sibling, spouse, parent and fellow angler....
     
  3. Nick Clayton

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    I have read thousands of posts on this forum. I have read very few as heartfelt and well written. Thank you for sharing!




     
  4. Jonathan Tachell

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    The fly fishing community and world in general has lost an incredible person. Mr. Rose's family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

    Tight Lines up there Doug
     
  5. jimmydub

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    I never met Doug, but I can tell he meant an awful lot to many people. I am going to hold Doug, his family, his friends, and everyone he touched close to my heart tonight. My condolences, everyone who knew this man.

    Godspeed on the next leg of your journey, Doug.
     
  6. Griswald

    Griswald a.k.a. Griswald

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    One of the nicest men, and gracious fishermen I ever met. RIP Doug.
     
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  7. JudyG

    JudyG To fish is to hope.

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    Such sad news. We've all learned a great deal from Doug. Peace be with you.
     
  8. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    Sorry to hear that too. I frequented his blog often and have read all of his books more than once.
     
  9. Mark Mercer

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    A sad day for sure.... he will be missed by many. Fortunately we have his books and articles and his love of the OP to inspire us and remember him by.
     
  10. Jim Kerr

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    Oooff.
    A huge loss.
     
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  11. SaltyCutt

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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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  12. Sterling silver

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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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  14. cabezon

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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
     
  15. 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