Jump to content

ClassicFlyTying.com Sponsors
Hand Made Salmon Hooks
Ronn Lucas, Sr.
www.ronnlucassr.com
(503)654-0466
[email protected]

Photo

Sad News


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 Charlie Vestal

Charlie Vestal

    Lakewood, Colorado

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,405 posts

Posted 05 September 2018 - 02:53 AM

My dear friend and mentor, John Betts, passed away this last Friday (8/28) after a long battle with several different ailments.  He was a gifted fly tier, artist, writer and a giant in the fly tying community.  He will be greatly missed.

 

Charlie Vestal


Chemical Engineering: Solving problems you didn't know you had, in ways you don't understand ......

#2 Barkworth

Barkworth

    ClassicFlyTying.net

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,239 posts

Posted 05 September 2018 - 04:49 AM

My condolences, dear Charlie.

Rv-

  www.ClassicFlyTying.net

the reference guide for traditional salmon fly tying...


#3 arkle

arkle

    arkle

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4,450 posts

Posted 05 September 2018 - 08:28 AM

!00% Agree, I was about the first guy in the U.K. to make contact with him during the 80's when he wrote about the use of Organza & we swapped many letters (remember those ?) et al. I met him once, albeit quite briefly when he came over & was a visitor to our Game Fair, probably during the early to mid 90's. A true gentleman.



#4 thinkingredneck

thinkingredneck

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 6 posts

Posted 05 September 2018 - 02:30 PM

RIP

#5 Classic Salmon Fly Tyer

Classic Salmon Fly Tyer

    Just living the dream....

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,460 posts

Posted 05 September 2018 - 06:19 PM

Charlie,

Always sad to hear these things...my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend and mentor.

George


Petri Heil,

George

 

"I've spent many days on the golf course and said I should have gone fishing.

But I've NEVER been on a trout stream or Atlantic Salmon river and said I should have played golf." - Me


#6 GPT

GPT

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 100 posts

Posted 05 September 2018 - 10:51 PM

You might enjoy this thread.  John was an old friend; i was happy to reminisce.  http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=115453#p810449

 

Gary



#7 geraldsherbrook

geraldsherbrook

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 19,617 posts

Posted 06 September 2018 - 09:39 AM

Dear CHARLIE,

 

I will gift this 'sad news' with (this evening - we are thursday) on my weekly flytyingclub...some of them (as my mentor Bruno Jannes  and Pol Demeyer knew him tooooooo - ah unfortunatly much better than I have known him).    One thing I know CHARLIE...is that with loosing a good 'friend' ...this 'let us thinking' ...'gifts us great memories' and it 'hurts...even immensly).

 

With a immense respect !

 

Geert and Nathalie

 

Please say a 'hello' to Your beloved wife M. and take further care of all of the lovely family YOU have !!!


Voted Sexiest Fly Tyer for 2013

#8 manyfeathers

manyfeathers

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 53 posts

Posted 06 September 2018 - 08:21 PM

So sorry for your loss and heartfelt condolences to his family



#9 dgotz

dgotz

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,765 posts

Posted 09 September 2018 - 08:02 PM

I'm sorry to hear this.  He was a super tier and struck me as a fine man

 

dave