|Mel Krieger passed away this morning, October 7, 2008 at 3:30 a.m., at age 80. Although he had been very ill for some time, his illness did not cause him pain and he went very peacefully. After having increasing difficulties and being hospitalized for over two months, he was finally diagnosed with a rare aggressive brain lymphoma that became untreatable.|
Mel Krieger was an icon in the world of fly fishing and fly casting instruction. After growing up in Louisiana and Texas, he moved to San Francisco in 1964 took up fly casting with a vengeance. He became an avid tournament caster and soon created his popular Angler-to-Angler travel program to New Zealand and operated Club Pacific, a fishing travel agency. Mel founded the Mel Krieger International School of Fly Fishing and taught in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Mel, a NCCFFF Hall of Fly Fishing Fame inductee, was highly innovative and originated both the very successful “Federation of Fly Fishers Fly Casting Instructor Certification Program" and the “FFF Guide’s Association.” He was particularly close to the Argentinean people producing a Spanish instructor certification program and establishing an Argentinean youth fly fishing camp educational foundation.
Mel was the recipient of the 1999 FFF Ambassador Award, the 2005 FFF Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2006. the highest award in fly fishing, The FFF Lapis Lazuli Ring. The Federation has also established the Mel Krieger Fly Casting Instructors Award in his honor to recognize outstanding contributions to his FFF Casting Instructor Certification Program and to casting instruction.
Mel Krieger was my friend and a fine gentleman whose loss will always be sadly remembered by many of us around the world.
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