Jack Pangburn

September 20, 2016 – Tuesday

At the Long Island Trout Unlimited meeting tonight, Sol announced that our friend and colleague Jack Pangburn passed away. Sadness overcame the room.

When the guys planned the first LI Fly Fishing Expo last spring, they invited Jack to be a part of it.  He was there with his lovely wife Shirley and they were both smiling as so many stopped by to say hello. He had a special quality about him, one that you sensed without asking about it.  A spiritual man who gave freely of himself and his talent.

I always felt a special closeness with him although I never walked through his door. That happens rarely to me. Eye to eye, we seemed to connect.

When Jack offered his Durham Ranger in a glass dome to benefit Casting for Recovery, I bought a couple of tickets hoping to win, which I didn’t. He sent me a photo of the fly to use in the LITU newsletter. I framed it and hung it in my office. Over the years I wanted to ask him to make me one but never got around to it.

He donated so much to the organizations he loved: art work, books, flies and most of all, his time. We have a few of his drawings, books and flies in our home and enjoy proudly showing them to guests.

When I wrote my books I sent him copies; one for him and one for his buddy Howie Applegate.  Because of Jack, Letters to Mack was reviewed in the Catskill Fly Tying Guild Newsletter. He was always encouraging and supportive.

Jack lived in the neighborhood I grew up in. He went to the church where I went to Boy Scout meetings. We may have crossed paths much earlier but there is no way to know.

What I do know is that I liked him. I liked him a lot and I am going to miss him being there.  Being here.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Durham Ranger tied by Jack Pangburn
Durham Ranger tied by Jack Pangburn

There was a Jack Pangburn exhibit through 2016 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor NY :

The Musings of Jack Pangburn–  A long time member, Jack’s drawings and numerous sketches of fly fishing related items and the natural environment are loved by many.  Selected items are on display and will certainly bring a smile to your face.

Jack’s idea of a box for flies


Jack Pangburn


Jack Pangburn’s Holstein


Jack Pangburn – a respected fly-tyer of world class standing having won the World Class Open Fly-tying Competition sponsored by Partridge of Redditch, UK, the Mustad Scandinavian Open in Elverum, Norway, the World Tuscany Open, and a world fly tying competition in Sansepolero, Italy. His original patterns and art appear regularly in Amato’s Flyfishing and Tying Journal and he is posted on several web sites. The Nov 07 issue of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, (UK magazine) features an article with artwork. His artistic work was featured in the NYS 2002-06 Fishing Regulations Guide and has written/ illustrated a new book: Deer-Hair Fly-Tying Guidebook published by Amatobooks.com. Another book Waet Fli Fenix. “Rebirth of the Wet Fly” is in production. He has been an Orvis fly tying instructor and is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishermen, the United Fly Tyers, the Fly Dressers Guild (UK) www.the-fdg.org, the Catskill Fly Tying Guild and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. He is a longtime member of TU and recipient of TU’s Silver Trout Conservation award. Jack was an ardent fly fisherman and a participating Conservationist. His greatest pleasure was fly fishing the streams of the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains.


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