Utah Fly Fishing Hall of Fame
Created in 2016, the Utah Fly Fishing Hall of Fame was built to honor men and women who have made major contributions to fly fishing in Utah.
Their contributions have taken many forms from conservation projects, political activism to protect angling resources, environmental projects, formation of organizations such as Trout Unlimited (TU) and Fly Fishers International Chapters to promote fly fishing, enhancing the fishing experience in Utah, promotion of youth fishing education programs, and many other activities.
The candidates were nominated by their respective organizations — TU chapter, Bonneville Fly Fishers, or Great Western Fly Fishers. Their selection was made by fly fishers throughout the state.
Hall of Fame Inductees:
As a fisheries biologist since 1966, Don has pioneered fisheries management and conservation in the west and overseas. He organized the Trout Unlimited Council in Utah, and he leads TU’s Great Basin chapter to this day. Significantly, Don re-discovered two trout species thought to be extinct: Bonneville cutthroat trout and lahontan cutthroat trout.
The consummate volunteer, Paul has been a founder and/or leader of significant angling organizations, including Utah Anglers Coalition, Trout Unlimited, Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Committee, and many others. His conservation-focused leadership has contributed significantly to fly fishing opportunities in Utah.
Mickey has worked in fly shops since 1980, has tied flies commercially, has taught many anglers to fly fish, and was the first FFF-certified casting instructor in Utah. Mickey co-owns Fish Tech Outfitters, and he also designs fly-fishing gear for numerous companies. Mickey appears regularly on outdoor shows and presents frequently at fly-fishing clubs.
Marty has been teaching fly fishing and fly tying for over 30 years and was the founder of Spinner Fall Fly Shop and Guide Service. Marty is a master fly tyer, photographer, author, bamboo rod builder and co-producer of instructional videos. Marty enjoys every aspect of fly fishing.
Wes Co Founded the Weber Basin Anglers, of Trout Unlimited in the early 1990’s. Then served as TU's Utah Council Chair for six years helping establish the DWR's Blue Ribbon council and help found Anglers Coalition.
Over the years, John honed his fishing skills, and is today considered one of the premier stillwater fly fishers in the region. John has led many fishing organizations, including High country Fly Fishers, Friends of Strawberry Valley, Utah Anglers Coalition and Blue Ribbon Council.
Bob spearheaded the formation of Cache Anglers and served as the first President of the new chapter of TU. Bob worked Timlessly for FFF workshops, conventions and programs. Wasatch Expo Established and award in Bob's name.
Dennis served several terms as president of a local association of Green River Guides and Outfitters. Dennis Was a great steward and promoter of the Green River.
Steve is a fly fishing book author, and proponent of fishing access and resource protection. Steve is also the owner of Western Rivers Flyfisher. He enjoys fishing good water, cycling, writing and trying to take a decent photo here and then.
Byron was a founder of the Utah Stream Access Coalition and is still on the board fighting hard to keep our streams open to the public. Byron is a co founder & co owner of Fish Tech Outfitters.
A native son of Utah, Gean was haunting the streams and rivers of the greater Wasatch area by the age of 10. Gear founded iconic Anglers Inn, and produced his own line of fly rods. Gear was a conservationist and founder of the Stonefly Society, which established and award in Gene's name.
The “Dean of the Green” was one of the first registered fly fishing guides on the Green in 1986 working for Western Rivers Flyfisher out of Salt Lake City.
Tom grew up fishing the local waters in northern Utah, the Uintas, and other places around the West. Tom loves to share his passion for fly tying at fly tying expos.
Bob served five terms as Utah Trout Unlimited Council Chair and two teams as chair of High Country Fly Fishers. Bob started the trout in the classroom program in Utah. Bob has served on the Blue Ribbon Council and impacted many conservation efforts.