Posted on February 23 2008
There is a class of fly fisher who spends the better part of a lifetime working to perfect their knowledge of an aspect of the sport. These people rarely pursue notoriety, but they share their knowledge willingly and improve the fishing of anyone lucky enough to come in contact with them. Bill Nash, who passed away on Wednesday, was one of those special class of anglers. His self-published “Flycasting Systems” became a bible for many folks who appreciated the intricacies of knots, and in my opinion his testing and constant search for ways to improve fly fishing knots was in a class by itself. Bill spent most of later years fishing California waters and was a regular contributor to Dan Blanton’s bulletin board. If you care to read samples of Bill’s fine advice you can find it there, along with what is surely to be an outpouring of sentiment about what Bill did for his fishing friends.