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When I reflect upon the joys that Fly Fishing has brought me and my time spent with my children on the water, my thoughts go back to this wonderful man. George was the first Fly Fisherman who taught me the intricate aspects of nymphing on the Roaring Fork River in Colorado in 1975. Quietly, he demonstrated the technique of “high stick” nymphing that most of us are well acquainted with today. I have sadly learned that he is now approaching the end of this life and is on life support in a hospital in Salt Lake City. In my mind he is a legend…

GEORGES ODIER

(Georges Odier focuses its research on the Jurassic period of several years in the desert of Moab, and he just made a fascinating discovery: mammals have been at this period of prehistory and more diverse than the dinosaurs themselves. Their burrows and their bones are found clear evidence of their presence. He offers his book entitled “The Mammal Explosion” in preview before the Embassy of France.)

About the Book

A new beginning for the Jurassic? Perhaps not in the then entire Pangea Continent but certainly in the region that is now the Western United States. That’s what discoveries of new fossil footprints are either implying or confirming. While the uncovering of Sauropod or Ornithischian tracks in the very early and upper Middle Jurassic simply confirms their pre-supposed presence during that era, and while diminutive tritactyl tracks from the onset of the Jurassic onward only support the birds’ dinosaurian origin, the presence of multitudes of primitive but true mammal species as early as the Triassic-Jurassic as dreary and inhospitable deserts. Contrary to earlier theories based on a death of fossils and tracks that era was most likely if not in fact dominated by a vast variety of early mammals suggesting that the true mammal lineage had already coalesced as far down as the Middle Triassic.


About the Author

The author began his involvement in fossil footprints studies as a part-time ‘tracker’ in 1991 in-around the Canyonlands of southeastern Utah, then moved to Moab, Utah, in 1999 as a full-time field researcher. Among other scientists his studies were inspired by Prof. Martin Lockley, an ichnologist, (U. of Colorado) and Prof. Frank de Courten, a paleontologist (Sierra College, CA) both of them well-known for their work in this part of the US. He wrote a Field Guide for amateur ‘trackers’ in 2000, and continues to write Field Reports for the scientific community, mainly preliminary documentation of new track sites. His methodical field research has helped him uncover many fossil footprints of scientific importance in-around the Moab area of the Canyonlands, particularly diminutive mammal tracks and trackways hiterhto unknown in the track recorded.

Ah yes, George with his pipe!!!


 

PUB: 1984

I met George at Chuck Fothergill’s Fly Shop in Aspen, CO. More about that experience here:

Georges Odier, Aspen, CO

This was Georges’ favorite fly pattern and one that produced endless hours of enjoyment for me on many streams and rivers over the last 34 years…

WET RENEGADE:

This pattern has produced more solid fish for me through the years than any other nymph …George introduced me to it one morning on the Roaring Fork on a stretch of private property he had access to – several miles downstream from Woody Creek Bridge…

Presentation Tips: Georges Odier popularized this fly as a NYMPH in his landmark book “Swimming Flies” published in 1984. This is the real beginning of the high-stick nymphing technique and is worth the read. (HATCHES)

More information on Georges may be found here:

FLY FISH OHIO

THE ROARING FORK, below Aspen, CO…

From The MOAB TIMES INDEPENDENT

Georges Pierre Odier, 1931 ~ 2009

died 2009-08-31

Georges Pierre Odier, age 77 years, passed away early on August 31, 2009 at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. Georges is survived by his sister, Michele Odier and brother, Jean Pierre Odier. He is preceded in death by his sister, Anne Marie. He leaves nieces and nephews Emmanuelle, Laurent, Nicolas, Jimmy, Alexandre, Stephan, and Walter. Georges made many friends in his travels through life. He will be sadly missed.

Born Oct. 18, 1931, Georges spent his childhood and youth in Marseille, France. He emigrated from France in 1951 with his longtime friend Jean Jacques André. Landing in New York they passed through the U.S. to settle in Canada, where they worked on farms in Saskatchewan for a year. The following year they moved on to British Columbia and worked in the lumber mill at Penny, B.C. while learning the English language better. Georges moved to Victoria B.C. and worked in the Water Rights Branch of the Provincial Government of B.C.

Georges was always an active outdoorsman. He learned to ski with style at the old ski cabin on Mt. Brenton on Vancouver Island. He was very musical and could play the piano and mouth organ by ear, never having had a lesson. He was in Montreal for a short time, and then went to Bloomfield Hills, Mich. to teach skiing for the Stein Erickson ski school, subsequently teaching in Aspen, Colo., where he taught many famous names including some of the Kennedy family. While in Aspen. Georges served a term as head of the Chamber of Commerce, and was always involved with the community. His years in Aspen were some of the happiest and most fruitful of his life.

As the younger generation took to the ski slopes Georges renewed his passion for fly-fishing. He worked at Chuck Fothergill’s Outdoor Sportsman and Guiding, and was active in organizations such as Trouts Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. Georges had taken up fly-fishing with great enthusiasm and, as with all the activities he did, became a true expert. He practiced the catch-and-release advocated by his mentor, Chuck Fothergill. Georges served as guide to many including former-President Jimmy Carter, who sent to him, with the seal of the White House on it, a letter of thanks and appreciation for the time they spent together.

After Chuck Fothergill retired and the shop was sold, the following year, Georges’ brother signed the lease for the new store under the name Odier Ltd. Georges and his associate Jeannie Donofrio designed the new shop and put their hearts into that store. It was an elegant fly-fishing and gentlemen’s store, with a French flair, with clothing, etched stemware, wood carvings, and luggage all imported from France; they were very proud of it. The store was successful partly because Georges was so well known in the community. Some of their clients were Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, George Hamilton, and Vanna White, who became regular customers and were good friends. Georges and Jeannie enjoyed the store for several years until Georges’ life changed. He moved on, and did guiding in Alaska, traveled through much of the North American wilderness, and enjoyed many fishing trips with friends. He returned to Aspen to work for the Aspen Historical Society. In his free time he took great pleasure in making trips to explore the Canyonlands of Utah.

Georges was a prolific writer. He wrote for his own and his friends’ amusement, funny stories of history and wars. He sometimes had a sharp critical voice in expressing his views on a wide variety of subjects. He was also a researcher and knowledgeable particularly in French history. During his years in Aspen Georges wrote “Swimming Flies, A Revolutionary Approach to Fly fishing” published in 1984. In 1998 and 1999 he also wrote outdoor articles for the Glenwood Post newspaper.

Georges took some time out to travel and visit his family in France before returning to the US to settle in his beloved Canyonlands. He has lived in Moab, Utah for the last ten years. Here he pursued one of his major interests – ichnology (studies based on the discovery and analysis of burrows, trackways, trails etc. of early mammals), and made his hobby of exploring the Canyonlands into a full-time and passionate occupation. He worked with Fran Barnes and was determined that there should be recognition from the scientific community for the importance of tracks in the Jurassic Period. After Fran passed away, Georges continued his own research. He wrote and published: “The Jurassic, A New Beginning,” August 2003, “The Jurassic, The Rise of the Mammals,” March 2004, “The Jurassic, The Mammal Explosion,” August 2006. These books documented Georges’ findings in and around Moab. Recently he collaborated with Steve Hasiotis of the University of Kansas, and led studies in the field around Moab. As a field researcher, Georges’ goal was to have recognition for his theory that small mammals were prolific in the Jurassic period.

At the onset of his illness he had just met with a freelance reporter from Grand Junction who was to write an article on the subject of Georges’ discoveries. An article Georges had been waiting five years to be written and published.

Until we wet our lines together, again…I am grateful to have known you…

PT/TB

 

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I came across this article on the Fiberglass Flyrodders Forum. It is written by Tom Morgan,who, at one time, was the owner of the Winston Rod Co.. In this article, Tom describes the history of Fiberglass rods while the company was under his ownership and some further background information on himself – that I was never aware of. My Winston fiberglass has been one of my favorite rods since purchasing it in 1975…

Winston ” Stalker “, 71/2′,4wt., Frying Pan River, CO – 1975

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Ally, fishing the Winston, Madison River, MT, 2001…

Sage is for Turkey,

Winston is for Fish!

TOM MORGAN Article

PT/TB :thumbsupu

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I think I take too many photographs..Naw…

BONJOURCHEESE’S BLOG Link is to ‘yer left…that’s our son Michael and his amor – Aimee’s current Euro trip…

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Michael in Paris…

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Michael and Aimee…

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Michael, eating breakfast and getting ready to send Dad an email….

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Well, it IS Colorado...

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Yeah,yeah…

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Twilight, off the Roaring Fork


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FF Babe, peeling waders…#1

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FF Babe, peeling waders…#2

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What a smile…

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Not the only one who does…Er, let me make that who did

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Nice Jeep!!!…

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Another “LOOK”…

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Castles section, Frying Pan River…

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Pink on The Frying Pan- 1978…

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Tired, after a day on The Fork…

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Even with her tongue out…she looks good!!!- 1978…

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Who cares about the fish? – 1978…

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Above the Roaring Fork – 1978…

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Aren’t those mountains in the background BEAUTIFUL ? – 1978

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Look at the JEEP and don’t think of Blue Bears

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Frying Pan River – 1978…

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Pensive – 1981

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Frying Pan below Reudi Res. …

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All wet – 1981…

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Fidget with the hands…

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Hot Jeep….

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Even walking away…

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Through the windows on the JEEP…

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A cool one on a hot day…1981…

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Thoughtful…1981…

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PT on The Fork…

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This is what I caught – A nymph!!!

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Jean and her sister Cindy – 1981…

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PT, Frying Pan River, CO, 1978…

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Ready for fly fishing…

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I picked up this “HOTTIE” in a parking lot at the base of Mt. Ajax…

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Sister Act…Rocky Mtn. style…

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Casting on The Roaring Fork…

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Glasses that would fit in today…1981…

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One more by the Urban Assualt Vehicle…

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Re -riggin’ on The Fork…

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Casting into a quiet pool…

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Lookin’ up the Frying Pan…

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Pretty girl sweeping hair back…a lot of really, pretty girls do this…(and, shake their heads at the same time)…

My FAVORITE photo of Jean Marie, Aspen, 1978…


BEFORE THERE WAS GRACE PARK…

 


PT/TB

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* THERE ARE MANY MORE PHOTOS ON MY FRONT PAGE, CLICK ON RECENT POSTS IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN OR PLANETTROUT ABOVE MY HEADER *

Here are some photos I found while having dinner  tonight, with the kids… Again –  JMH-just about the time I first met her…

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Jean in New Orleans, 1978…

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PT & JMH, San Francisco, 1979 – Mt. Tamalpais

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JMH, Commercial,  Great Western Savings, 1984…

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PT, Fry Pan River, Colorado, 1978…

(Thanks Michael, for use of the new scanner!!!)….

PT/TB

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Thanks to Ally Barker, Michael Barker and Nadia for digging these up for me!

Seems that an extraordinary amount of hits are coming from the name Jean Marie Hon so, here ya’ go…

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In Malibu…after we got married in Lake Tahoe…

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Jean Marie on Lone Pine Creek just after we started dating….

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Wedding at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, July 5, 1981

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Dionne ( Michael’s GM ) and Gianni hosted the bride and groom…

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Finger lickin’ GOOD!!!

Jean Marie in Aspen, July and August 1981…

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Jean Marie and her sister Cindy at the Continental Divide…

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Jean Marie and Cindy take a break on the Frying Pan…

This is what the gurls are staring at and…

I caught this fish in that stretch of water…

More fishing on the “Pan”, 1978….

Another photo of the “Pan”, just below where Jean got sympathy from a game warden for hooking her hand…

This has nothing to do with FF…

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Jean Marie stops traffic in New Orleans, October 1978…

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On the Kern River 1980…

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Jean Marie booting up…

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Mt. Tamalpaias, Dec. 1978…

Nadia and Pop…

Tim and Jean Marie shortly before Michael takes up Fly Fishing…

Jean graduates from UCLA in June, 1981

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Going Rhodesian, Randall knife at hand, Chimney Peaks, 1980….

Jean Marie and Nadia at the FAIRE (being faries), 1980…

A really good steak in Basalt…

Jean Marie doing Great Western S&L commercial, 1984…

Michael, Nadia and Jean Marie…1985…

Looking upstream on the Roaring Fork…

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