Casting Legend (and Entertainer) Mel Krieger Passes Away

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Tuesday, 7 Oct, 2008
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Casting great/fly fishing icon Mel Krieger passed away this morning after battling an undiagnosed sickness that was only recently discovered to be a brain lymphoma.
 
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The email came a while ago.

Casting great/fly fishing icon Mel Krieger passed away this morning after battling an undiagnosed sickness that was only recently discovered to be a brain lymphoma.

Krieger's casting videos, books and clinics taught many how to fly cast, and his methods for doing so were admirably simple.

Boiling away a lot of the obfuscation surrounding casting, Krieger was also an entertainer; he made learning to cast a fun gig, and did so in a non-threatening manner. It was a little like having your kindly grandfather teaching you how to do something enjoyable.

Godspeed, Mel.

 
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Nestled in the north end of the Sacramento Valley, Shasta County and its three Cities - Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake - are 545 miles north of Los Angeles; 162 miles north of ... moreSacramento; 433 miles south of Portland, Oregon; and 592 miles south of Seattle, Washington.

In 2004, as an effort to increase tourism in the area, the Sundial Bridge, designed by world-renowned architectural designer Santiago Calatrava, was completed. The Sundial Bridge casts its gnomon shadow upon a dial to the north of the bridge accurately once a year during the Summer Solstice. With the objective of providing pedestrian access to the north and south of Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the Sundial Bridge has not only lived up to its purpose but has also become an icon for the City of Redding in the present day.

Redding is one of the best places to launch for Trophy Rainbow Trout & Trophy Steelhead Fishing in Northern California. A number of great rivers are within an easy drive and local guides can on any given day help you figure out where the fishing is great.

The Klamath river, Sacaramento river, Trinity River and the Feather river are all being frequented by local guides and fly fisher.
Fishing Waters
The American River watershed offers fishermen (and fisherwomen) a wide range of experiences, from fly-fishing in the clear streams of the Sierra Nevada to casting for steelhead in ... morethe lower American as it flows through Sacramento. The American River contains two main sections. The North Fork and the Lower American River

The North Fork of the American River is designated as a while trout water. Most of the North Fork flows through a deep canyon carved through metamorphic rock. It has a very rugged character with very steep slopes and a narrow bottom. Deep pools framed by sheer cliffs, waterfalls cascading from 40 to 70 feet, and benches, densely wooded with alder and willow are typical of the beauty found in the North Fork Canyon. The fishery is dominated by Rainbow trout, with an occasional Brown trout (the brown trout are usually lunkers!).

Fishing enthusiasts can choose from a number of trails to access the river canyon, most of them dropping steeply from the canyon rim down to the water. While visitation peaks in the summer, primarily driven by hikers/swimmers, late spring into mid-summer is typically the height of the boating season. The highest boatable reach is known as Generation Gap (12 miles), run by only the most experienced Class V boaters, which can only be accessed by a three-mile long walk. The next lower reach, known as Giant Gap (14 miles), is also Class V and is accessed by a two-mile hike down the Euchre Bar Trail. Although overnight camping permits are not required, if visitors want a campfire, they will need to obtain a fire permit.

The Lower American River is a short stretch of river, flowing through the city of Sacramento, is the most heavily used recreation river in California. It provides an urban greenway for trail and boating activities and is also known for its runs of steelhead trout and salmon.
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The Sacramento River is the principal river of Northern California in the United States, and is the largest river in California. Rising in the Klamath Mountains, near Mount Shasta ... more(in Siskiyou county), the river flows south for 445 miles, through the northern section (Sacramento Valley) of the Central Valley, before reaching the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta and San Francisco Bay. It forms a common delta with the San Joaquin River before entering Suisun Bay, the northern arm of San Francisco Bay. The river drains about 27,500 square miles, with an average annual runoff of 22 million acre-feet, in 19 California counties, mostly within a region bounded by the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada known as the Sacramento Valley, but also extending as far as the volcanic plateaus of Northeastern California.
First federally designated “wild and scenic” river – that is the distinction held by the Feather River. Starting near Beckwourth, California, the river flows through to Lake Oroville. ... moreAt the upper end the river is gentle and welcoming. By the time you approach the lower reaches, the waters are cascading through step canyons, complete with white water rapids. Surrounded by large boulders, waterfalls and rigid cliffs, this section is wild and beautiful but can intimidating to the novice hiker or boat’s man. 

Fishermen in search of a truly authentic river experience will enjoy sightings of Bald Eagles, mule deer and beaver. In addition to fishing, the calmer sections of the river play host to kayakers and swimmers.
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Fly Fishing the American River in Northern Califronia will leave even the most advanced fly fisherman wanting more. That is why a knowledgable American River Fly Fishing Guide will ... morenot only educate you on the river sytem and its species, but show you the ins and outs, when, where, why, how and with what. Whether you are swinging for steelhead on the Lower American River or dry fly fishing the South Fork American River, you will be pleasantly pleased with the results.

The American River system is where you can start out fishing the Lower American River for shad, striper or steelhead while wet wading on a summer morning, then go eat lunch, get back on the road shoot up hwy 50 and within 45 minutes, have 30 fish on the South Fork American River fishing drys. Fishing the American River is one that can satisfy any fly fishing crave. The Lower American River is known for its shad, striper, steelhead and salmon runs. Shad start to enter the river in late spring, with some entering as early as April, the fishing starts to pick up in late May and early June, with July being the best. Even though the migration has ended the fishing can be great on those late July summer nights. If you have never fought a shad on a fly rod, I highly suggest it, they don’t call it the poor man’s tarpon for nothing. There are two methods used when shad fishing, one is swinging flys specifically tied for shad, the other is drifting flies under an indicator. Either technique is productive when used properly.

As far as stripers go, there are some resident fish in the river system year round, but can be extremely hard to catch due to the lack of numbers. When the weather warms so does the water as well as the Striper migration. The stripers start entering the river in early April and they are in the river system through September. Your best numbers in the lower part of the river is between April and May. June is a little slower due to the amount of shad that are in the river system and the stripers actively feeding on them, but once the shad are gone the fishing really heats up from late July through August, September and sometimes even October depending on the weather and water conditions. The best technique used for stripers is by stripping or swinging clousers with sink tips, full sinks and shoot head lines.

Now for the Steelhead, half pounders can be year round, but are mostly caught from late summer to spring. They can be caught using many techniques, from swinging to nymphing and even throwing drys. The best months to be on the water for half pounders are August through October along with March April and May. Don’t be discouraged by the word half pounder, this was the original run before the Eel and Mad river strain (winter run steelhead) was introduced in the 70's. These guys can put up a real fight for their size and most half pounders are wild fish ranging from 16-22" some even pushing 5 pounds and they are always full of spunk. The winter run doesn’t start showing up until the beginning of October, this is also peak time for the salmon run. The winter run steelhead that are on the American came from the Eel and Mad River systems, that was introduce by DFG to protect the steelhead population after the dams where e rected. These fish can be caught throughout the length of river from mid October all the way through March, sometimes even April. These fish range anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds. As far as fishing techniques goes, these big boys can be caught with the same techniques used on their half brothers, just scaled up a bit. If you want to get into steelhead and don't want to travel severals hours and possibly get a big goose egg, the American River is where its at. Not only is it our back yard, but we have 30+ years fishing this river system and we know where these fish hold throughout the year. Come enjoy some backyard fishing on a great river like the American river.

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If you have ever driven over the Lower Sacramento River or even fished it, you know that due to its shear size and abundance of water, this makes it extremely intimidating. That's ... morewhy having a knowledgable Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Guide is so important. A great guide will not only put you on the fish, but will also show you the fishy spots accessable by land, the put ins and pull outs for boats, as well as the bug life, the flies to use and when you go on your own, how to put all that t ogether to be successful. The Lower Sacramento River is a big tailwater fishery and California's biggest trout river, and its rainbows are just as big and powerful as the river they live in. If you want big fish and year-round fishing, this is the river for you. With more food than your local all you can eat buffets (2,500 insects per square foot of river), the average fish grows to a healthy and hard-fighting 16-18", and pigs pushing two feet are not out of the question, so bring some big guns. The fishing season is year-round, and water temperatures remain fairly constant too, as the river comes out of the bottom of Shasta Lake.

This river consists of long, indescribable, spring creek like stretches that are broken up by islands, deep pools, long riffles, gravel bars and undulating shelf’s, many of which are more pronounced during lower flows.

If having one of the best trout fisheries in the state isn’t enough, the Lower Sac also hosts some great runs of Steelhead and Chinook salmon too. It also hosts a variety of other fish, such as, shad, squawfish, stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass, these populations of fish become higher the farther you get away from Shasta Lake. The highest flows are during the summer months, when snow melt is at its greatest, so a drift boat is highly recommended.

You can walk and wade during the higher flows if you so desire, but staying near the bank will be your safest bet. The best time to walk and wade the Lower Sac is going to be during fall, winter and early spring, there is very little snow melt, and the rain that falls goes to filling up the lake, so the river is low and great for walk and wading. This is the time to get out there and really learn the river's bottom and fish those slots that only come out in lower flows, either way “PLEASE WADE WITH CAUTION”. But due to the river’s size and the amount of private property along its banks, those that prefer to wade have two options. One is to fish from public parks and access points along the 16 miles or river between Redding and Anderson, or, from your boat, getting out at the riffles and fishy slots to make some casts.

Public access is fairly easy though on the Lower Sac, there are 6 boat launches, and many public parks and access points along the river that flows almost parallel with interstate 5.

-Brian
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Our guides pride themselves in their vast knowledge of the Feather River, and having a great Feather River Fly Fishing Guide will not only make for a fantastic outting, but it will ... morealso increase your tight lines.

The Feather River is one of California's best kept secrets, and is misunderstood by many anglers. The Feather River is an awesome steelhead fishery, and has one of the largest steelhead runs in the valley. This tailwater fishery begins in the town of Oroville below Oroville Dam and continues flowing south until it meets up with the mighty Sacramento River at Verona.

The Feather River holds plentiful amounts of both hatchery and wild fish year round, and one that produces four runs of steelhead, three big runs being Spring, Fall and Winter, with a small run of half pounders in the summer. For those that has fished for these mighty steelhead, you definitely get a sense of their power and greatly appreciates the fight of these Feather River fish. The Springers, March-May, this run is full of hot wild fish that will give your drag a worthy work out, and to me act more like large trout eating normal nymphs and drys. The Summer run is just that, and are a smaller version of the spring run fish. The Fall run, Sept-Nov follow the salmon up the river, and gorge themselves on eggs, eggs and more eggs, this is the infamous "EGG BITE". These fish are extremely healthy, and will make you sweat for every inch. The winter fish, Dec-Feb, are big, brutes that will have you screaming for more, and with most fishing the other valley rivers, you can usually have the river to yourself. Whats nice about the Feather River is no matter the time of year, you can find steelhead scattered throughout the river.

No wonder why we love this river so much, its a year round steelhead fishery. The New Year opens up the low flow section above the hwy 70 bridge, getting a boat in there is pretty tough, but this is where a knowledgeable guide comes into play, whether a drift trip or walk and wade, he can put you in key locations throughout this area and get you into fish. No matter what you are fishing for, the Feather River has it all, from salmon to steelhead, to stripers and shad, it is an all around, year round fishery. Come join me on one of the largest steelhead runs in the Sac Valley, and be ready for a fish that will make you earn your photo finish.

-Brian 
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Hi, I watched Mel Krieger on his dvd The Esscence of Flyfishing today. I salute him for his contribution to the sport of flyfishing/flycasting. He is still an incredible teacher. The flyfishing community is amazing. You truly recognize of passing on the light, Thanks Mel, Lefty, Joan, and all the countless others that make this sport so wonderful.
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I'm just starting in fly fishing and i have trailed you tube finding loads of video clips of boring experts rattling on about fly casting, (boring) i then today came across "Mel Krieger" and straight away my ears pricked up ,i felt like i was listening to a grandfather or great uncle , he makes fly fishing casting fun and interesting, he is a great teacher even from video, i then searched his name ... more in google and was sad to learn he passed away some years ago, i am from ENGLAND so he s not a household name over here so much, however he will be in our house from here now in, i will watch and enjoy every video i can find of this great man and hopefully go out this Sunday with a small piece of Mels spirit and cast my first line, i will dedicate my first catch to him and prey for all who knew him, he must be truly missed.
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Mel, I just saw your videos but I loved them. What did the fish say when he ran into a wall? Dam.
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A very sad news indeed. I enjoyed watching his fly fishing lessons for many year. He knew how to define fundamentals with simple words. Rest in Peace amp; God's speed
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I had the good fortune of meeting Mel at Dave Sullivan's Sport Shop where I worked. He would often visit Angelo Lo Castro who ran the Gun Dept and Fly Fishing Dept.I would also see Steve Rajeef as a youngster.They could also be seen at the fly casting ponds, a hidden gem in the GG Park.I was once invited to a crab feed at the lodge by Tom Bragg and he told me there was only one rule, no one-up stories.I ... more also got Luke Brugnara his first job in the fishing dept. His father, Aleo was a probation officer her served with my father Emile Urbiztondo.I am hoping to one day go on a fly fishing expedition to Argentina with one of my good friends.
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Truly sad to learn of the passing of mel. I have just begun fly fishing a true newbie to the art, I found mels videos on the internet while searching for advise on casting and was blown away. The next day i went out to try what i had learned and wow it really worked, not every cast was great but i could hear mel in the back of my head every time i managed shoot out a good cast saying thats it just ... more keep it up! Thanks Mel although i never had the privilege of meeting you, you've taught me much and ill watch those darn videos over and over and over
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[...] Aquí aparece dando una clase en Chile, Marzo 2002El próximo 7 de Octubre se cumple otro aniversario del fallecimiento de Mel Krieger, quien nos dejó el año 2008. Pero no es por ello que Mel resulta aún tan conocido [...]
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A true loss to the fly fishing community! I took my first fly fishng lesson from Mel at the fly casting ponds in Golden Gate Park over 25 years ago. Mel was a true gentlemen and I was very fortunate to meet him. RIP Mel! You will be truly missed. Fernando
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Just started fly fishing and saw his documentary... I feld so much touched by it so I wanted to meet him sometime or send him my thanks through mail. Google told me he already passed away... What a loss ... he was the only man that let me feel by his video how much I loved flyfishing.. Thanks Mel... you tought me more in one vid than most in a lifetime.. Greetings, Rudi from Holland.
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I must have lived under a rock for the last six months. I was not aware of Mel's passing until today. My world got too busy I guess. I met Mel for the first time in Suffern NY @ a fly fishing show while I was working the booth for Tamp;T. He and Ernie Schwiebert were sauntering through the aisles, and they stopped by for a visit. I had pretty much started working for Tamp;T and felt somewhat "small" ... more by their presence. How wrong I was! Mel and Ernie made you feel good about your spot in the fly fishing community. Later on I was his "attending assistant" in a casting clinic at Eagle Brook School in Deerfield, Massachusettes. What a teacher! He made the often sometimes frustrating art of fly fishing for the student fun! I will never forget that weekend...cool blue sky, New England morning, dew drops licking your toe tops, and Mel excited about sharing, and teaching his life long passion of flyfishing to the shiverring "newbees!" Later that weekend he wrote in my copy of his book " The Essence of Fly Casting" ...." March, 1988 - Oren, To our fishing fairy tales. Good luck my friend. Mel Krieger. Well Mel ...thank you for taking my "newbee " level up a few notches. I will miss you! I don't know what the hereafter brings, but I wish to fish with you in a new Heavenly hole. Rest In Total Peace My Friend. Oren Clark
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I am from the same area where Mel grew up as a child. I was given a fly rod by my father at 12 and told just to 'learn it by feel'. No other instruction was given. Ten years later I found Mel Krieger videos to be the turning point in my experience with fly fishing. After my father passed away and Mel's videos truly helped me finish the lesson that my father had started so many years before I was very ... more gratefull. No one else could have made learning as fun and educational while kindling my interest in life as a fly fisherman. Thank you Mel. I have been in two militaries Navy/Army and I have taught anyone that would go with me how to 'whomp whomp...' This is something that I very proud of. I was lucky enough to have spoke with Mel on the phone and tell him how much I appreciated his thoughts on nature and mankind and his overall take on life. He just laughed. He only knows now how many people he touched. Thanks Mel
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When I was just 12, my mother and I stayed at Bailey Creek in Northern California with several other beginner fly fishermen, where we were graced for a few days by Mel's instruction on the big lawns there. It was one of the best experiences of my childhood. I remember on the last afternoon all of us walking the creek amp; fishing and having a blast. I also remember, at the lodge, Mel kicked back on ... more a chair, shoes off but hat still on. I never saw him again, and I didn't quite realize at the time what a privilege those few days were, but the memories I will never forget. It's always a good day to head to the lake!
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There are two types of people in the world, Poets and Engineers,. Mel was BOTH.... RIP
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Awww, I started fly fishing and tying just under 2 years ago. I had seen him on the show "The New Fly Fisher" (they were talking about a trout unlimited event). I found him to be the type to encourage all to try fishing, plus he had a great way of teaching about conservation. He was great. Yes, my comment is late, but I had just heard the news..
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Nos ha dejado un grande de la pesca con mosca y un gran ser humano, sencillo y fácil de querer, ... Como lo charlé con el un día ;tengo el hábito de recordar a la gente por sus buenas cosas y esto vaya a las personas que equivocadamente y respetablemente lo mal consideraban o mal entendían. Por eso escribí algo de su faceta de maestro que nunca se publicó en ningún lado y lo quiero compartir ... more con ustedes. Además del escrito, está mi recuerdo en YouTube Les ruego que me perdonen,no soy escritor, solo algo que sale de mi corazón. A Mi Querido Maestro y Padre en la Pesca con Mosca "Sombrero de Piluso" Mel Krieger Corría el año 1994 y un amigo me invita a participar de una Clínica organizada por la AAPM en donde disertaba el que desde ese momento sería para mí “Mi padre en la Pesca con Mosca”. Escribir de Mel Krieger como maestro o instructor es un placer que nunca había tenido y me llena de orgullo. Pasar de verlo solamente en películas a en persona no tiene desperdicio; no solamente por el encuentro personal con alguien que se dedico toda su vida y se dedicó hasta hoy a la enseñanza, si no con el descubrimiento de una persona sencilla, brillante y difícil de no querer. He participado de muchas charlas que ha brindado y la expectativa generada por su presencia siempre es reflejada en los numerosos participantes que siguen atentamente sus directivas y recomendaciones. Es de destacar el programa de la Certificación de Instructores que hizo con la AAPM como un legado para aquellos que queremos seguir su predisposición a enseñar y a compartir con todos la sabiduría que aquilató tras tantos años de enseñar a pescar con mosca, tanto en el mundo, como en nuestro país, que con su presencia, le da también a nuestros pesqueros una proyección internacional de gran nivel. Su figura es una mezcla de Maestro, que brinda con placer sus conocimientos y del Profesor, quien lo hace por formar parte de su trabajo, pero su pasión excede esto para convertirse en un referente a nivel mundial de la enseñanza de este deporte. En mi caso particular he tenido el grato honor de hacer algunas traducciones de sus videos al castellano, sobre todo el último de "Errores y Correcciones" y de esa manera poder sumergirme mas íntimamente en su mundo de gestos y miradas parecidos a mis maestros de escuela primaria. Inclusive en el video para niños, filmado totalmente en nuestra Patagonia, se ve realmente como un maestro de esa vieja escuela intima que alguna vez tuvimos en nuestra infancia Su gorro de “Piluso” es un toque distintivo que lo destaca entre la multitud que aglutina este personaje que no deja de sorprenderme cada vez que viene a nuestro país y diserta como Poeta o como Ingeniero el arte del Flycasting. Desde lo más elemental a lo más complicado. Enfocado matemáticamente o como una poesía. Viéndolo caminar con ese sombrero por Buenos Aires me apasiona Su DVD en la Patagonia es la culminación de sus excepcionales visitas a que nos tiene acostumbrados desde hace Cuarenta años, mostrando los espectaculares lugares de pesca con mosca que tiene Argentina tan deseados por extranjeros y pescadores locales. En mi caso queda decir que solo con su mirada entiendo lo que me quiere decir, vas más allá de un idioma, es como decía al principio,”Es mi Padre en la Pesca con Mosca “ y ahora que su aventura en la vida ha finalizado, me quedo con el recuerdo imborrable de por vida de mi Querido Maestro Mel Krieger Gerardo Oscar Grau
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The world of fly casting has lost a gentle giant of a poet. Pure artistry in motion. Pure gift for gab yet always on point. Our trip to Tierra del Fuego's Estancia Maria Behety will always be at the top of our 'done that' list. If only we had the chance to do another with you, Mel. You were one of The Great Ones and will sadly be missed. May we meet again on the moving water of Life.
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Gracias por el conocimiento transmitido, hay tantas historias y vivencias plasmadas en la mente de muchos que tuvieron la posibilidad de escuchar de su propio hablar y otros por varios medios, entrevisats, videos, mensajes, etc, pero lo que es seguro es que lo aprendido con él, se traspasará de generación en generación y cada una de ellas sabrá de quien vino cada una de las teorias y vivencias ... more planteadas y comprobadas día a día en cualquier curso de agua que se practique el Fly Fishing...... pescando en Paz Mel!!
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Adios Maestro, Gracias por todos los ensinamientos. Deseo que en tu ultima viaje de pesca estea bién. Nel Paraíso tendrá muchos peces y siempre será buena temporada. Besos al JC, dueno del Lodge.
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Compadre - via con Dios. I met mell fundraising auction for the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Found we shared many friends. A very very entertaining man with a generous soul. Oh yes - a superb caster and instructor - truly a poet in all ways. The Jewish Leprechaun. A mensch. He shared his zest for life and especially fly casting with all. There will be fewer smile on planet earth with his departure. ... more See you on the big spring creek Don Mel.
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Adios Mell, de seguro estas ahora en el rio mas maravilloso donde pudieces pescar con un sol en el atardecer que se refleja en tu cara, gracias por todo lo que dejastes, seras siempre recordado en todo lugar que sepa del Flyfishing. suerte y buena pesca.......
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Adios mel , tube el agrado de asistir a una de tus clinicas y me marco profundamente, los grandes hombres se van pero el legado queda por siempre. Suerte en tu viaje...
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I was tetsed by Mel for my Casting Certification a few years ago and after I passed he asked me to rmember this ..Andrew he said" I want you to do two things for the rest of your days instructing... bring back the adventure to fly fishing and never stop learning... promise me that you will do this" and I did. And I will always remember this, god bless Mel and I pray for comfort to your friends and ... more family. Andrew Stiles, CCI, FFF, Richmond, Virginia
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Very sorry about Mel. I was lucky to be his interpreter in one of his trips to Chile, my country. I feel very proud of having met such a nice human being. Have a nice trip dear friend! We'll meet again in some unknown river somewhere. Raúl.
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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Krieger during a flight from Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires, Argentina. What were the chances that me, a resident of Sun Valley, Idaho, would meet Mr. Krieger in Patagonia rather than in Idaho? We exchanged numbers and agree on meeting the next time he came to Idaho but, it was never meant to be. A few days ago chatting on line with my nephew (who was only about 6 when ... more that flight took place) about fly fishing and he told me that he attended a few of Mr Krieger's clinics down in Patagonia. Life had gone almost in a full circle. My prayer are with his son (who was a teacher at my nephew's school) and the rest of his family
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A really sad news... But he let us all, a big and great legend of flyfishing world. He´s now in a new gorgeous, glorious heaven of he love the most: the flyfishing, in a river of his lovelly Patagonia around the blue sky in the gardens of God. Sincerelly, Carola Ferrada.
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It was little know that Mel was an avid golfer in his later years. as a close friend I never fished with Mel but played many rounds of golf with him between his teaching gigs at our conclaves. Always the student and teacher, we spent much of our golfing Time comparing it to casting. the pauses accelleration and the follow through. he had a new book in the works to expound on our conversations about ... more it. most sadly it will not be finished. Mel certified me for the CCI and in the casting at the last moment I dropped my rod and used his 6 wt to take the test having casted it the day before. the magic of Mels hand was on that rod as I zipped through the drills. I will never forget his colorfill and loud language floating accross the golf course when some shot went astray. All will miss him, the fly fishing elf as I affectionately called him. warmest memories, Roger Maler
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I just purchased his DVD "Casting Faults amp; Fixes". I've read his book, "The Essence of Fly Casting", and studied his DVD of the same book. I am blessed to have the opportunity to teach casting at the Pasadena Casting Club's pond, and use every opportunity I can to say the same things he has said. He was truly a great teacher. Although I never met him, I'll certainly miss him. Rest in peace, Mel; ... more ya done good.
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A very very sad news... He did a lot for fly fishing in South America. REST IN PEACE Mr. Mel Krieger.
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So sad to hear about Mel. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Mel last April a the Golden Gate Angling and Casting club. He even gave my buddy and I some person al tips. What a great guy! He will be sorely missed.
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