Monday, August 20, 2012

Fly Fishing authority John Long Passes

   Word was received earlier today of the passing of Birmingham, Michigan resident John J.P. Long. Fly fishers around Michigan will be familiar with Long largely through his work as author of several stream guides for Michigan Rivers.
   Although a couple of the guides have been reproduced in color with some updating, they largely depended on the hours of work and on-stream research Long provided.
   Beginning fly anglers need only to look at one of his stream guides to get good, solid information for access points, wading conditions, and an emergence schedule that would greatly help in fly selection.
   Those of us who knew him personally miss his stories about the years he spent as an officer during WWII in the Coast Guard, escorting ships near and around Alaska, his valued advice and council on all things related to fly fishing, and the many trout openers we shared at his cabin on the Holy Waters of the AuSable River.

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