On Tuesday, March 12—at a ceremony held at the swanky Anglers’ Club of New York—our own Tom Rosenbauer became the sixth recipient of the American Museum of Fly Fishing Izaak Walton Award. In the notes for the evening’s events, historian Paul Schullery noted, “The breadth and depth of Tom Rosenbauer’s contributions to the sport are . . . nearly unparalleled among today’s fishing leaders.”
Schullery goes on to praise Tom’s work in educating anglers, his strong voice for conservation, his deep passion for fly tying, and his innovative contributions to the sport itself. “In short,” Schullery concludes, ” [Tom] has had an extraordinarily important life-long career with the sport, its development, and its good causes.” We couldn’t agree more.
I’m lucky enough to sit next to Tom every day, and I can attest to the veracity of all that Schullery writes. But it’s also important to note that Tom’s remarkable stature in fly fishing is not accompanied by egotism, self-importance, a sense of entitlement, or ill-humor. He is consistently gracious and generous–giving of his time and expertise whenever called upon–and he’s also just a hell of a lot of fun to be around.
So please join everyone at Orvis and all his friends around the country and the world in congratulating Tom for an honor well-deserved.