Mel Krieger was a devoted
fisherman since he fished for black bass as a young man in Louisiana
and Texas. In 1964 with his wife Fanny and their two children,
he moved to San Francisco where he took up flycasting with a vengeance;
he become an avid tournament caster. His love for the sport and
his competitive zeal paid off when he won a flycasting tournament
in which the first-place prize was a trip to New Zealand. This
was only his first trip to New Zealand, but his love at first-sight
for the land and the people inspired him and he created his popular
Angler-to-Angler travel program, Club Pacific. From this inspiration
he, along with Fanny, operated their popular agency for fishing
travel to all parts of the world.
Mel taught flycasting and flyfishing for over 25 years. He taught
in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United
States and Canada. His widely acclaimed book and videotapes, entitled "The
Essence of Flycasting" and the new video "Beginnings:
An introduction to Flyfishing," have been used as curriculum
for casting schools all over the world. He wrote articles for books
and magazines in many countries around the world.
Mel was involved in the creation of many innovative programs such
as the "Flycasting Certification Program," endorsed by
the Federation of Flyfishermen and which has been functioning both
in the US and abroad.
In 1994, Mel was inducted into the Northern California Council
/ Federation of Flyfishers Hall of Fame for his contributions in
the world of Flyfishing. Mel's love of teaching and fishing
took him (and others) on angling adventures to the greatest fishing
waters, here in the US and all over the world.
After a short undiagnosed illness, Mel passed away on October
7th 2008 of an incurable brain cancer at the age of 80. His impact
on the fly fishing community has been strong and he is sorely missed.