Friends of Dennis Komatsu
Posted by Ken @ the Spot on 2012-03-13 15:09:56
The passing of our friend Dennis on March 1 left a huge hole in our Fishermen's Spot family that will never be filled. Dennis' commitment to teaching the intricacies of fly-fishing to hundreds of anglers was complete and unchanged over 30 years here at the Spot. Dennis was the consummate angler and shared his knowledge freely with anyone who asked. His trout fly patterns, developed over years of trial and research, are proven on the toughest spring creeks in the world but, his well known modesty as an angler and fly tier prevented him from becoming world renowned. His technical knowledge of any fly fishing product was superior to most reps and many companies turned to him to help with field analysis of new products as they were developing them. His reports to them were detailed and, often, against the grain of where the factories thought they should go. The shock and sadness from every corner the industry attested to the high regard in which he was held.
As many of you know Dennis was a very private individual and did not feel comfortable in the spotlight. So, with this in mind, his family has asked that there be no public memorial service. Instead they have requested that his friends and students go fishing or tie flies and enjoy the two things that Dennis enjoyed most.
One our friends came to us at the Fly Fishing Show and shared his thoughts on the loss of our friend. "Dennis taught my son Jack to cast a fly and we have shared some wonderful times fishing together since. I see Dennis in Jack's loops. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind." Many of you have a piece of that legacy of knowledge and it would honor Dennis' memory indeed if you would go out and use that knowledge.
We have all learned from Dennis and are better off to have known him.
He is greatly missed by all of us here at "The Spot" and will always be in our hearts.
Farewell Dennis. May the bugs always hatch and the trout always rise but not be to easy.