We are losing a WFF member!

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Drifter, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    What bad news. I knew of him from this site, and met him briefly at last year's 2-fly. It wasn't until after I'd spoken with him that I thought "maybe he's the Bob Jones from WFF". Never had the chance to go back and BS with him more. There were so many other people... I was looking forward to saying hi again this year and actually spend some time getting acquainted. Well, crap... It's nice to read all the fond memories y'all have written.

    Peace, Bob.
     
  2. Mark Yoshida

    Mark Yoshida Active Member

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    Mark, thanks for sharing this part of your friends life. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr Bob Jones. It was my loss.
    I hope to meet you some day as you have shared some of your knowledge with me via PM's.
    Excellent memories Ed.
    My family sends their condolences to all of his family.
     
  3. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    Very sad, I think of you Bob the next time I get out.. Very nice of you too extend yourself and help him out. Let us know if we can help out in anyway. Be at peace Bob!
     
  4. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

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    ED and orange you have me smiling and tearing at the same time! yeah the first time he packed up for a one day trip to the lake he filled my truck with crap! I told him my drifters only 14 ft. long for crying out load! it took a few trips for me to inspect and get rid of half the stuff he carried but we came to agree on just a few things! his hook set was at least 5 seconds later then it needed to be! but on one of our last trips we did was the moth hatch at coldwater - fish were splash rising on the patterns and he caught quite a few and did real well casting that day and setting the hook. on the way home I told him he did real good today and you could see the smile that only comes from deep down!

    I made him watch me tie flies, he would put his glasses on and watch like a scholar! he was getting much better at his tying. I guess it only makes since that if you look at each of us it must of been faith that brought us together! me never being married fishing and hunting being my whole life along with my one daughter and him being married his whole life and not really doing what he would of liked to I think. we fished a bunch together, sometimes 3 times a week - then he would tell me I can't go I'm to sore! I was glad I could help him get out and do the things he always wanted to -
     
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  5. tediousthumper

    tediousthumper Hello My name is Thad and Im addicted to flyfishin

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    Damm, I think I still have his messages on my page. I liked BOB and I'm at a loss of words. I hope he found what we are all looking for. I remember Bob said the funniest thing to me at the O Rad Bash. I brought jigs to tye to get a rise from the purist. Bob walked up to me and said "what the hell Kind of bug fly's with all that weight on it". He was a good dude, and will be greatly missed.
     
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  6. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Mark you are truly kind to bring Bob into your home. Thank you for calling 911 and being a friend and host to someone that needed it, perhaps more than any of us will never know. Mike
     
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  7. Chris Scoones

    Chris Scoones Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice of you, Mark. All the way around.

    Bob will be missed.

    Chris
     
  8. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    I was the yongest and greenest of a dozen or so local flugenflangers who started a fly club in Bellingham. The 4th Corner Fly Fishers is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The other Founding Fathers have gone Where the Leaders Never Tangle. So have a few dozen other, subsequent members. The passing of Bob Jones, or any others like us, is not a tragedy. The only thing to regret is how many other good fly fishing people have passed close by our lives without ever intersecting ours, and making it even richer than it is.
     
  9. fredaevans

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    Bob did have one last good trip, down here with me on the Rogue a very few weeks back. Even landed two good sized summer run steelhead (good sized ones at that). A happy Camper. We'd fish in the morning (Subway sandwiches and a thermo of coffee for breakfast on the beach. Frail, very very frail, had to be very choosie where I put him in the river. One time I had to ask a 'Local' if Bob could take 'his spot.' (That's where he hooked his fish.)

    Very warm down here so we'd knock off late morning and go home. He'd tie up some flies and take a long nap or peck away on my spare lap top. Posting here? Probably. Saw a couple of movies at the local theater .... at our age the tickets are only $2.50 for a first run show.

    Talked to Bob at least twice a week and corresponded more often via e-mail or facebook.

    It was a reply to a FB posting (How's the new digs working out???) from his Daughter that I found out he didn't make it.To say he was looking forward to his 'new home' would be an understatement. He was elated.

    But he got to fulfill one dream, one last good go on the river.

    Frederick A. Evans
     
  10. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Bo b was a great guy, and I'll treasure the time we spent joking at places like the two-fly! God speed my friend; I'll raise a dram to you this evening!
     
  11. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    RIP Bob.

    Mark, you are a good man. That's karma for a lifetime, and a great model of helping a person in need in our increasingly selfish society.
     
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  12. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    Rest in peace Bob.
     
  13. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I don't think that I have ever met him, but we did talk back and forth on here about one thing or the other. Or we would give each other a bad time.

    Rest in peace Bob Jones. You and you comments will be missed here.
     
  14. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

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    I'll pour one for Bob tonite; and another for Mark and Fred.
     
  15. Dave Alberts

    Dave Alberts Active Member

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    Bob Jones was a funny fellow with a huge heart. Sadly, the life hand he was dealt in his "golden years" was one that none of us would want to play. Thank you Mark for the kindness and hospitality you showed him in his last days.

    I first met Bob a couple of years back at the PHW 2 Fly event. After we finished our beat and got back to camp Bob came around as a few of us were about to pop a top and BBQ some fresh oysters I had brought from the coast. Of course he was invited to share. He opted for a soda rather than a beer, but declined the oysters... then spent some time, as in a while and in his own way... telling the rest of us how he disliked oysters. No problem, it didn't take long to bonus his share amongst the rest of us. Then, he decided "...well ok, I'll try just one"... "Mmmm...those are pretty good...". Needless to say we had to give back our "bonus"!

    Thanks for the memories Bob... God Speed!