Paul Bruun, 77, was recently inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at a small ceremony in the Catskills. The annual induction ceremony, put on by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, NY. Paul Bruun is a storied journalist, fishing scholar, conservationist, and guide, now residing in Jackson Hole, where he has written for various newspapers for over half a century.
Paul is mostly known for his incredible knowledge of fishing and fly fishing. His long-time friend and fishing adventure partner, Yvonne Chouinard remarked on Paul’s knowledge, saying,
“It’s unbelievable. In his head is the entire history of fishing — not just fly-fishing. I think there’s no one else in the world who knows as much about the history of fishing,” he said, “certainly in the United States.”
Paul has also had a lasting impact on fly fishing equipment design. He’s been one of Patagonia Fly Fishing’s product consultants since 1986 and co-founded South Fork Skiffs, which produced some of the first low-profile, fiberglass drift boats.
Paul was the only living inductee at this year’s event, however, three more names were added to the hall’s walls including, baseball great Ted Williams, Dave Brandt and William Taylor.
To learn more about the ceremony and read more about Paul’s incredible life, check out this article from the Star Herald.