Each year, Fly Rod & Reel magazine chooses an Angler of the Year, and the list of recent winners—including John Betts, Bruce Richards, Ted Leeson, Yvon Chouinard, and Tom McGuane—is evidence of the experience and level of expertise required to earn this honor. This year’s Angler of the Year is Orvis’ own Tom Rosenbauer, who is recognized for his contributions to fly-fishing literature and education. Through his 10 books, countless magazine articles, and the ever popular Orvis Fly-Fishing Podcast, Tom has taught tens of thousands of anglers everything from how to tie on a fly to the best way to fool the most finicky trout.
Writing about Tom in the current issue of FR&R, author Greg Thomas observes, “People who meet him know this: Rosenbauer is as valid a fly fisherman as they come—honest, approachable, generous, dedicated, and enthusiastic. It’s that kind of enthusiasm and the written and verbal legacy he is providing that make Tom Rosenbauer Fly Rod & Reel’s 2011 Angler of the Year.”
The new issue is on newsstands now.