Al Troth Dies
Al Troth, a most accomplished fly tyer and fisherman, who lived his last years in Dillon, Montana, died August 3. Al was an old Pennsylvania boy who taught high school in Williamsport, one of the trout meccas of the state. The E. Hille Company of Williamsport was very active in those years, and Al bought tying materials from them for the flies that he fished every summer in Montana. The lure of the west became overwhelming, and he moved his family to Dillon in 1973, where he guided on the famed Beaverhead, Big Hole, and other rivers and tied flies for a large group of devoted clients.
The world will forever be in debt to Al for the Elk Hair Caddis, and many of his other highly innovative imitations. His tying tactics and skills inspired tyers the world over.
I never had a chance to take Al up on his offer to fish together, but we had some fun discussions at conclaves and other venues, and I truly enjoyed his very sincere attitude and the excitement that came through when he talked about fishing the Troth Skater for big Beaverhead browns feeding on cranefly adults. I shall miss those opportunities to trade ideas and fishing stories.