Thanks for posting his O.B.
I had the pleasure of Bill's Company both at the bench and fishing, I took him out for stripers a few times with the fly rod, we always had a great time! One of the tricks I had learned is when he would start in on the same fishing story for the 3rd or 4th time (they were all great, but) I would ask him about when he was in the service and he had plenty of great stories to tell. I don't know how many of you got to see his "Lobster" fly, a very cool pattern. Bill was kind enough to give me the first Lobster fly he ever tied, he said good luck with it, as if I would ever let it touch water...
He will be missed, a great innovator, unique tier, and a good friend...
I talked to Bill a lot during Chuck Furimsky's Fly Fishing Shows starting in 1991 and International Fly Tying Symposiums (starting soon after) where we both were tyers. He loved my big flies and ideas and we had a lot in common. We talked about materials, design, how we tied stuff in, and lots about northeast and even freshwater fishing. It bothered him the way I had much of what I did "ripped off" from me (even at THAT time) and was surprised that it didn't seem to bother me much. I'm still touched by that.
Hats off and a big salute to the great Bill Catherwood. We recognize and appreciate what you've done for us, and we won't forget it.