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    Jack Erskine Passes On

    Sad news for Australian fishing with the passing of Legendary angler and tackle guru Jack Erskine. He was the kind of person to share and help with even the smallest amount of information for anglers across the globe. (see this past R&R article with links to Jacks site). He will be missed by many and our thoughts are with his family this hour. Please click full story below to see Youtube video of Jack.

    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.

    Raul Navarrette 1971-2012

    We had the pleasure of meeting and fishing with Raul Navarrette over 12 years ago when we visited Belize River Lodge . Raul was not only the Captain of the "Christina" mothership that we sailed on but also one of our favorite guides. The group of Elizabeth and Peter Van Gytenbeek with their daughter Kate who is my wife had grand adventure with him and the crew. It was a trip where I caught my first decent Atlantic tarpon and saw schools of permit I had never imagined. But what I remember vividly was being in the middle of a hot tarpon bite up a very tea stained river. We were getting takes just about every cast when Raul suddenly  snapped "be very quiet , don't move  muscle" and then we heard it too. A roaring buzzing that was getting progressively louder. Then we then saw it coming around the river bend. A huge swarm of bees following the river track. The sound crescendoed as the swarm pulsated and zoomed over our very heads while passing by. "Wow what a huge swarm of bees" I said softly and very calmly Raul replied "Killer Bees, very dangerous".... No shit I thought.
    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

    Remembering Billy Pate

    April sure has been a tough month. This year my mate Jose Wejebe passed and last year our friend Billy Pate on the 18th. Please remember these fine people in your prayers. Like many of you we miss them dearly.

    Randall and Kate

    Billy Pate dead at age 81

    On April 18th, Billy Pate one of the pioneers of fishing travel and big game saltwater fly fishing died at the age of 81.  Billy was always willing to impart his knowledge of fishing to those whom asked and he also was a very kind and generous soul.  If you fished with Billy you found out that he was an angler with the passion and intensity that you would expect from a professional. He was very athletic and lived his life to its fullest potential while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I have a few Billy stories and moments that I was lucky enough to share with him but above all else he treated me with kindness and respect and I feel lucky to have known him. Actually without Billy my life would be totally different and not as rich.

    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

    Jack Gartisde 1942-2009

    Who can ever forget Jack fly fishing from a inflatable Giraffe!  We will miss you.....

    Joel Kalman Passes On

    KALMAN, JOEL, of Key Biscayne, passed away, Monday September 8, 2008. A resident of Key Biscayne for 42 years. Joel was well known as a Captain sportsman fisherman whom received many awards and records for catch weight. Joel's boat was called "Bad to the bone". He is survived by his mother and father Agnes and Robert Kalman, sister Julissa Kalman, son Shawn Kalman, niece Amanda Kalman, nephew Jeremy Kalman. His strength, his spirit will be dearly missed. A visitation will be held on Thurdsay, September 11 from 2:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory located at 2546 S.W. 8th Street, Miami Florida. A mass will be held on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Agnes Catholic Church located at 100 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne Florida. A committal service will be held on Saturday in Bushnell Evergreen Cemetery, Bushnell Florida. Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory 305-631-000158 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to Published in The Miami Herald on 9/10/2008

    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

    Val Atkinson

    Twenty years ago I started taking a camera on fishing trips after realizing that there was a lot more to angling than catching fish. Over the years I have learned to combine these two passions into my life's work.

    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

    Spanish Fly TV

    Quality fishing television is hard to come across even with the multitudes of stations now available to the masses. Luckily there are shows such as Larry Dahlbergs Hunt for Big Fish on The OLN Network and of course the favorite for salt water anglers Jose Wejebe's Spanish Fly. Recently a new website has been constructed and Jose has added some out takes from his show online. One in particular is from our trip Downunder a few years ago. Jose wrestling with a heavyweight Queensland Grouper of the back of the
    Tropic Paradise it is pretty funny!

    Check out the Spanish Fly's Website and look out for the new series next year.

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