Richard Schaaff – East Fork Fly
Recently the fly fishing world lost a great man, Richard Schaaff. We didn’t personally know Richard, but many of our River Buddies did and spoke very highly of him. We admired his work at East Fork Fly.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Let’s honor Richard with a look at his work and some of his own words:
“Rich Schaaff is a photographer and fly fisherman living along the banks of the East Fork of the Lewis River in Washington State outside of Portland,Oregon.
He openly acknowledges his over-indulgence in the pursuit of trout and steelhead, but refuses to seek professional help. Instead he bought a Nikon camera which he maintains is his form of therapy on the road to recovery. He feels that taking photographs of some of the nuances of flyfishing and the landscape surrounding it will have residual health benefits.
“I don’t recall the actual moment my fly fishing and photography hit head on, but I knew than I was a goner.”
Rich moved out west a decade ago from New York City in order to avoid seeing people talking to themselves on the streets. Now he wades in rivers and still sees people talking to themselves except they are usually harmless fly fisherman blurting out a few choice words when a fish throws their hook or they take an unintentional dip in a cold river in winter.
East Fork Fly Photography is currently being shown at the RiverRun Lodge on the fabled Deschutes River in Maupin,Or.
In addition he was honored to be chosen as one of the featured photographers on website Midcurrent amongst some very talented company.
A man is lucky to one good fishing partner in his lifetime. I was blessed with two. My brother Gary instrumental in getting me interested in fly fishing when he was a guiding on the White River in Arkansas. I offer gratitude for his knowledge and my tighter loops Also my good friend Dr. Michael O’Toole who has consistently proven he can operate as well on a river searching for steelhead with the same finesse that he has already proven as a surgeon.
Then there is my wife Julie who’s spirit and understanding has set me free to live in the moment and still leaves the porch light on long after the hatches have ended.
The way I figure it is. If you have already found my site then you are also in a state of over-indulgence and probably chase fins to much also. But who am I to judge.
Thank you once again.