Roscoe, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Fly-fishing legend Joe Humphreys has been inducted to the National Fly Fishing Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
The 84-year-old Humphreys, who received several honors during his lifetime of teaching, writing and filmmaking, said he’s very happy to join the ranks of Robert Redford and other 84 members.
“Here are my heroes, my childhood heroes, and now my name is with them,” Humphreys said. “To me, it’s almost overwhelming.”
As a member of the U.S. Fly Fishing Team, Humphreys placed high in three world championships. In 1991, he won the Michigan One Fly tournament.
He once landed a record Pennsylvania trout, just one of his nearly endless string of fish stories from across the nation and around the world.
Humphreys’ wife of 56 years, Gloria, decided to attend the induction ceremony despite being bedridden by ovarian cancer since April.
“That was kind of my long-range goal, back to the beginning of summer, to be able to go to the event,” she said.
Gloria postponed her last chemo session, and as Joe drove separately with a fishing friend, she traveled with their two daughters, Hanna Humphreys and Dolores Humphreys Barnes.
“With my daughters and Gloria there, it just made it very special,” Joe said.
Gloria became Joe’s trusted editor for his numerous fly-fishing books and magazine articles. At one point, after she retired from teaching, she took to calling herself “the business manager of Joe Humphreys Enterprises,” overseeing the returns from his clinics, cable shows and videos.
“Through the years, and even before he really got into it as a profession, I would hear: ‘I certainly wouldn’t put up with my husband being out fishing all the time,’ ” Gloria recalled.
“Somehow, it never really affected me. I guess, for one thing, I started going with him, too. I used to think, ‘If I want to see him, I guess I have to do this.’ And I think I realized how much it meant to him,” she added.