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In Memory of Thomas R. Druggish
On April 26 2013, my good friend and fishing buddy, Tom Druggish, passed away after succumbing to cancer. He will truly be missed by many.
Tom and I met many years ago when he was new to fly fishing, and decided to hire a guide to hasten his journey up the learning curve. We fished the Big Thompson River in Rocky Mountain National Park that occasion, and by days end had struck a lasting friendship.
Tom also became my "hand model" in the ensuing years, as I took photo after photo of him holding a freshly caught trout. I often chided him that I spent more time taking photos of his fish than I did catching my own. Some of those images graced the pages of Fly Fisherman Magazine a few years ago, as photo illustration for some articles that I had published.
On one trip to Colorado's Frying Pan River, Tom earned the honorary (tongue in cheek) Native American moniker of "No Seeum Bear" and I will fondly remember him by that name in the spirit of good humor for the rest of my time on earth. The name speaks for itself. Druggs – as he was known to many – was quick of wit and had a wonderful sense of humor. Many was the time he had his captive audience on the river howling with laughter.
Tom was too young to die – we still had many fishing trips yet to come – but he will always be just around the bend, near but out of sight, and every time I string a fly rod and enter the liquid realm of fish and fisherman, he'll whisper "Dennis! come quick and take a photo of my fish."
Good bye Tom… God bless you my friend.
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02/2013: Recent fly tying sequences are now available in Fly Pattern Archives. The latest, "DC's "T.B.T.F" (Too Big To Fail) Streamer Pattern" recipe and tying sequence.
02/2013: Recent articles are now available for reading in Article Archives. The latest, "DC's "T.B.T.F" (Too Big To Fail) Streamer Pattern".
12/2012: Frankenfly's "Spotlight on Dennis Collier"
Dennis Collier and his newest in fly fishing artistry are spotlighted in an interview on Frankenfly.com. Please take a moment to read it here.
"Dennis Collier claims to have been radiocarbon dated back to the early 1940's when he arrived on the scene in his home state of Colorado."
11/2012: Dennis Collier has added numerous pencil sketches to Anglers Art "Art Work" and "Limited Edition". One piece titled "Release" is a copy of the original artwork created for There With Care to raise money for families facing a child's critical illness. (All material is copyright of Dennis P. Collier)
06/2012: "Fishy photographer: Dennis Collier"
Dennis Collier is featured in an interview on GlobalFlyFisher.com. Please take a moment to read it here.
"Subsequent to his retiring Dennis Collier abandoned most things that could be construed as work, but he still shoots a lot of fishing photos"
Friday 24 May 2013