I recently took this photo of his induction at the IGFA Headquarters because he was a hero to me and to so many other Australian fishermen. Rest in Peace Jack.
Jack Erskine is possibly the most influential Australian ever involved in the tackle industry. For his life time of dedication to the sport he loves so dearly , he is held in high esteem by his peers, not only for his undisputed angling talents but for many contributions to the development and ever improving fishing tackle
He is one of the only Australians to be presented with the Ron Dempster Award for the contributions to the future of Sportfishing, one of the first inductees to the Cairns Black Marlin Hall of Fishing Fame in 2006 and in 2009 was inducted into the International Game Fishing Association Hall of Fame.
We last saw Raul at a fishing show at the Belize River Lodge booth he was excited about getting a FFF casting certification but had a flu from the cold weather. He was a really nice guy and forgave me for pronouncing his name Rule in my Aussie tongue but I think he got a laugh from it really.
Another great loss to the fly fishing world. Rest in peace brother.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Board member Mick Kolassa is coordinating efforts to assure that his family will be taken care of. Anyone wishing to help in this effort is urged to contact Mick at
You can read more about Raul here at Raul Navarrette
Randall and Kate
I have linked an article published here some time ago with Billy's own bio BILLY PATE
The document was given to me by Billy. He had some suggestions for changing the outdated IGFA rules for flyfishing that pre-dated modern tackle technology and targeting of species previously not considered fly rod targets. FLY TACKLE RULE CHANGES
Also linked here is a video of Billy and his ex wife Jodie catching a sailfish of Australia's Sunshine Coast YOUTUBE VIDEO
To read Julia Day's insights into this mans life please see full story.
Joel Kalman with World Record 29lb Snapper on 8lb tippet in NZ
This year the Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers will be inducting Mr. Ed Rice into the Northern California Fly Fishing Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, February 23, 2008. Ed Rice exemplifies the type of person, who has improved the art, science, literature, techniques, enjoyment and conservation of fly fishing as we know it. This year’s event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, Pleasanton, California in conjunction with "The Fly Fishing Show" we will be just ¾ miles east of the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Join local fly fishing personalities and national celebrities for a lively evening of dinner, induction ceremony and fund raising as we celebrate Ed’s place in fly fishing history. Festivities will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 310 Main St., Pleasanton, California, Social hour and silent auction starting at 6PM, Dinner at 7PM, followed by a live auction.
Ed Rice and Randall on "Seafaris" 1998
Reservations required to this Special Event! Click HERE to register
Tropic Paradise it is pretty funny!
Check out the Spanish Fly's Website and look out for the new series next year.