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February 13, 2013

90-Year-Old Angler Can Still Out-Fish All of Us

By Kirk Deeter

One of the great honors of my fishing life was to not only meet the legendary Frank Moore, but to actually fish with him on the North Umpqua River in Oregon. I did that a few years back with my buddy, Tyler Palmerton (seen here with Frank). Yesterday, Tyler forwarded me this video news clip that ran on Frank several weeks ago. It's a pretty amazing piece on a truly remarkable man, who turned 90 years old not long ago. I wanted to say Happy Birthday to Frank. There is no finer gentleman in all of fly fishing. 

And no greater advocate for the resources. Frank exemplifies how one cannot really be a "complete" angler until he or she pours effort and attention back into the waters that make fishing possible in the first place. Nobody has done that, at least not in the context of steelhead rivers in the Northwest, more profoundly than Frank Moore.

I also wanted you to see what true grace on a fly fishing river looks like. Watch the video, and pay close attention to the motions this man makes with a fly rod—the snappy roll casts, and how he stops and starts that rod just so to make perfect loops. It's pretty humbling, I can tell you, to be standing right next to that cast when it happens.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

The old guy sure gets my admiration. He has definitely got the casting down well. And he definity has the line control done well.

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from TP wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Great Read "KD"......Frank is truly one of a kind and somebody that to me his life story reads like "Ted Williams on hitting baseballs". As a farm kid learning to fly to playing fullback for the Oregon State Beavers, then enlisting to help in WWII. Storming the beaches of Omaha and making it all the way through France in the Infantry to finally getting home to his beloved wife and family. Pioneer as a lodge operator / guide... environmental impact studies on the North Umpqua leading to a 8MM film on logging and sharing it with congress and many other agencies on his own dime, in his own plane. He has made the world a better place, even more so for the people he has impacted along his journey. I know I used to turn my nose up at those pesky Fly Fishing regulations on the "NU"....no external weight, no bobbers, at one point no weighted flies..on and on and on. Imagine you were at Fenway with Ted learning to hit sliders opposite field, liken that to Frank on the North Umpqua learning to fish floating lines or shooting heads with traditional flies, booming casts.....not for the faint of heart but playing on hollowed ground as it was meant to be has it's rewards.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Happy Birthday, Frank.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Tell you a dead giveaway as to Frank's skills as a flycaster/fly presenter. When a guy lays out line, and the dry fly is moving down stream, and the flyline is moving across even flowing currents...you see the guy extending line by moving the rod tip up, and down feeding out line, and not having to mend by throwing line upstream, the guy is an accomplished angler. You won't see a newbie extending line that way.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Frank, Happy Birthday. May you live to teach us another 90 years.

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from MidnightBanjo wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

It's always been my experience that the previous generations can out fish, hunt, and work the current generation. Their experience is invaluable.

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from Andrew Sandstrom wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

a true original outdoorsmen I'm sure he has forgot more than we will ever know.

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from TP wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Great Read "KD"......Frank is truly one of a kind and somebody that to me his life story reads like "Ted Williams on hitting baseballs". As a farm kid learning to fly to playing fullback for the Oregon State Beavers, then enlisting to help in WWII. Storming the beaches of Omaha and making it all the way through France in the Infantry to finally getting home to his beloved wife and family. Pioneer as a lodge operator / guide... environmental impact studies on the North Umpqua leading to a 8MM film on logging and sharing it with congress and many other agencies on his own dime, in his own plane. He has made the world a better place, even more so for the people he has impacted along his journey. I know I used to turn my nose up at those pesky Fly Fishing regulations on the "NU"....no external weight, no bobbers, at one point no weighted flies..on and on and on. Imagine you were at Fenway with Ted learning to hit sliders opposite field, liken that to Frank on the North Umpqua learning to fish floating lines or shooting heads with traditional flies, booming casts.....not for the faint of heart but playing on hollowed ground as it was meant to be has it's rewards.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

The old guy sure gets my admiration. He has definitely got the casting down well. And he definity has the line control done well.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Happy Birthday, Frank.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Tell you a dead giveaway as to Frank's skills as a flycaster/fly presenter. When a guy lays out line, and the dry fly is moving down stream, and the flyline is moving across even flowing currents...you see the guy extending line by moving the rod tip up, and down feeding out line, and not having to mend by throwing line upstream, the guy is an accomplished angler. You won't see a newbie extending line that way.

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from lang123 wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

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from lang123 wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

Frank, Happy Birthday. May you live to teach us another 90 years.

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from MidnightBanjo wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

It's always been my experience that the previous generations can out fish, hunt, and work the current generation. Their experience is invaluable.

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from Andrew Sandstrom wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

a true original outdoorsmen I'm sure he has forgot more than we will ever know.

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