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Aaron and the opener

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I was cleaning out my fly-tying bench the other day and came upon a mini-streamer my friend Aaron Hirschhorn tied and sent me years ago...
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... he sent it along with a note to make sure I use it up at Frost Valley, in Biscuit Brook... we had plans to fish Frost Valley together, for many years, but somehow always keeping putting them off, as "life got in the way"...

Another thread mentioned The Fly Fishing Show at Somerset, this is us working a booth for Frost Valley in the early 2000's... I think Bruce Corwin took this photo as I see Jeff to the left... I used to kid Aaron calling Bruce and Jeff his "bodyguards"...
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Hardly a trip south on the NYS Thruway--- passing through Harriman along the Rampo River--- goes by that I don't think of Aaron, and all those fishing outings we planned to do... without any doubt, he was a gentle giant, a very generous caring man with a great smile and a wealth of piscatorial knowledge with a sincere passion for the well being of our rivers...

So as the NYS trout season opener rolls around, if there's someone you've been thinking about fishing with, don't put it off... do it while you can, stop making excuses...

This might be a photo of one of the last flies Aaron ever tied, it's part of the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection Hatch Matching chart...
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Next time I fish Biscuit Brook, I will use the mini-streamer above, but be wishing Aaron was there with me.


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Post by SgtMajUSMC »

Hi Ed,

A very nice remembrance, in honor of a fine gentleman.


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Nice tribute to a great guy! I knew Aaron well and fished with him for a number of years. He was as fine a gentleman there has ever been. Aaron had a beautiful casting stroke in addition to his tying skills. I still have some things, dubbing, a leader wallet some flies he kindly gave me. I also fish a combination Harvey/Borger leader to this day that he showed me.

Thanks for a great memory!


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Post by quadfish »

Very touching tribute and memories Ed!

I didn't know Aaron for very long, but I was always impressed by his sincere approach toward me whenever we crossed paths. At times it seemed we crossed paths quite often! "Gentle giant" is a perfect description of the man!

Great advise Ed, I need to remind myself of it all the time, "don't put off the good things, there may be no tomorrow"....

-Rick :D
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Post by BruceC »

HI Ed. Thanks for posting this. Like yourself, I find myself thinking of him often. It usually happens when I'm thinking about a specific fishing situation and wonder what he would have done. Or... when rummaging through my stuff, and as you experienced, find a fly that he gave me years ago.

Hey John. You're dead on about his casting stroke. He had the most beautiful, easy stroke, especially when casting his 4 wt. Tom Morgan Favorite.

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