We are losing a WFF member!

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  1. Bill Aubrey

    Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    Been away from the site for a few days and just read thru this. I'm at work and my eyes are all screwed up. I don't think I ever had the pleasure of meeting Bob--he will be added to the short list of people I really wished I had met and spent some time with. My heart goes out to his family, to Mark, and all of his friends. Bob, rest in peace and remember to hit it. And, Jason, thanks for the great music.
     
  2. fredaevans

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    Bill, Bob is/was well worth the effort. His last trip (here on the Rogue) I'd help him out into the river (he was that frail) and get him planted. The only one "AH SHXT!" was he lost his wading staff.

    For context, I'm 70. Tossed my spey rod toward the bank (didn't even bother to reel in) and I'm at a dead run/slog a few yards up stream. Caught him and took him to the bank for a rest. Had another staff (an old ski pole) in the Jeep and got him rested/sorted.

    "No worries Bob, I've got all the time in the World."

    God was on his side that morning; Landed two. A good thing me thinks.
     
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  3. Olive bugger

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    Well Done Mark. You are a sterling human being. I salute you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. The world could do with a few more like you. Tight lines.
     
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    DSCN0033.JPG DSCN0034.JPG DSCN0037.JPG I poured a sip the day he passed, put a fly he tied on the end of my tippet that evening, and even managed one to the net:) RIP Bob.
     
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    WOW! That sucked the breath out of me.....

    "We few, we happy few, we Band of Brothers...."

    "What you do for the least of mine, you do for me."

    Fred Evans
     
  6. Doug Jones

    Doug Jones Son of a Bob

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    Oh, boy. Me too. Nicely done, my friend.
    Doug
     
  7. fredaevans

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    Looked at Bob's Facebook page today; choked me up.
    Fred
     
  8. Bob Anderson

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    Very sad. And thanks, guys, for sharing such fine stories about a man I never met. Now I feel like I know him.
     
  9. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I will add to my first meeting of Bob. I was picking up some materials for PHWFF from him that he had for me. I stopped by his house when he lived down the road from me. Upon loading the stuff in my truck, we started BS'n (Bob really hated that as we all could tell). We were talking about tying areas, and told him how eventually I wanted to get my bunkhouse on my property converted over to a full fledged tying room, but it'd be a couple years out, since I had too much on my plate as it was. He pulled me aside to his garage in back and started grabbing out lumber that was shelf grade (still have it ready to go in fact) that he insisted I use for my bunkhouse. You had a helluva hard time telling the man no. At same time, that back garage was where he kept his fishing stuff. So he went through it all with me. We BS'd quite awhile over that. Then of course, I was brought into the house to see his tying area and his lanyards. He had so much pride in everything he did. He knew about my work with PHWFF, and asked if he could come in. That's how his involvement started. He couldn't always come, but when he did he would talk the soldiers ears off. Think I got him to sit down and tie once, but he just enjoyed the company and talking with the boys at the WTB.

    I know for a fact I have more pics of him. Especially at the WTB. I took them on my old phone, but can't find them anywhere
     
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  10. Jim Riggins

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    that was a great day though, we'll have to do it again in Bob's honor. Maybe another BBQ get together with the whole gang present like the Orad Bash, something for you to work on it would be a great reason to have an annual get together. Maybe we could work on some kind of monetary donations and set up some sort of a small fund for kids or his wounded veterans grooup. sorry kind of got on a roll. Jim
     
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    Jim, I think that's (all) an excellent/brilliant idea. How better to remember a very gentle man. :D
     
  12. tediousthumper

    tediousthumper Hello My name is Thad and Im addicted to flyfishin

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    And we will call it BOBFEST, or the BOB BASH. I agree we should do an anual. And not on the OP in MARCH.
     
  13. fredaevans

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    Pick a local river (out of Seattle) and the Bob Jones Memorial?

    When Bob was down here with me the two rods he brought were 'inappropriate,' but my guess is that's what he had. No problem, just pulled a couple off the garage wall and 'try these.' He brought/tried his .. 'inappropriate' and fished with mine.

    "What fly should I put on?" There he had some darned good choices so rigged him up. "I can do that. Not to worry Bob, I have a way that works here."

    Landed two and came up-pinned from another.

    Soooo? A pick two flies and that's all you get for the weekend? Like just two; not an original idea, but one that I think would have pleased him?

    fae
     
  14. Doug Jones

    Doug Jones Son of a Bob

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    Jim:

    Please, no fund for us, but I'm always up for a good BBQ! As I mentioned before, if someone wants to contribute something to Project Healing Waters in Dad's name, that would be the kind of gesture he would appreciate.

    Doug
     
  15. Doug Jones

    Doug Jones Son of a Bob

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    Fred:

    That reminds me of fishing with my brother. I show up with what I have, which isn't much, and end up using what he sets me up with.

    If no one objects, I'd love to meet you all and joining you for a memorial event would be especially great. I have to warn you though, I cast almost as well as he did!

    Doug