Sylvester Nemes 1922-2011

Sylvester Nemes 1922-2011

  • By: David Hughes
Sylvester Nemes

Sylvester Nemes passed away at home, in Bozeman, Montana on February 3, 2011. Best known for his classic 1975 book The Soft-Hackled Fly, he also wrote seven other fly-fishing titles.

He was born on April 2, 1922 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and fished Pennsylvania trout streams. His fly-tying mentor was his barber. When he spotted several simple partridge-hackled dressings in bamboo rod-maker Paul Young’s fly shop, he was forever hooked.

Sylvester directed fighter planes over Britain and Europe in WW II, fished the Test River on short leaves, and met and married his wife of 65 years, Hazel Marie Barclay, in England. Sylvester is survived by Hazel at home, daughter Diane Corson in Bozeman, son Eric Nemes in St. Louis, Missouri, and six grandchildren.

Dave Hughes