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November 07, 2008

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Accident Kills Green River Icon Denny Breer

Flyfishing has lost a great one... Denny Breer, longtime guide on Utah's Green River and owner of Trout Creek Flies, was killed in an accident yesterday. Breer literally wrote the book on fishing the Green... Utah's Green River: A Fly Fisher's Guide to the Flaming Gorge Tailwater. He was a tireless advocate for protecting and promoting that fishery. Many of those giant terrestrial fly patterns that initially made other guides from throughout the West wonder... then believe... are Denny's creations.

Most importantly, Denny Breer was a genuinely good, caring, and honorable man. He was humble, honest, and he and always had time for the "little guy." For example, I remember about 10 years ago, there were two young "writers" (who had never seen their work in print) and a photographer, working on a book (for which there was no publisher). Denny agreed to be a part of the project and show the group the Green River anyway. On their first attempted trip, it snowed so hard (though they did float part of the day), the group ended up eating popcorn with Denny and his wife, Grace, back at their home in Dutch John... and making plans to return in the spring. When the group returned, Denny floated them for three consecutive days, down the A, B, and C sections, because he wanted them to see the whole river. And he wouldn't take a dime for his efforts when it was all said and done. "You can pay me back by writing good things about the Green," he laughed.

I was one of those writers. The book, Castwork, launched my career, and I will always be grateful to Denny Breer, the mentor and friend. I remember one of his lessons vividly, and find myself repeating it to others often: "Time on water equals fish." Meaning, let those flies ride on the water as long as you can... and also, the more time you, the angler, spend on the water, the more you will teach yourself how to catch fish. "Time on water equals fish." Indeed. And time on water is precious... for me, especially the time I spent with Denny Breer.



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Mike Speer

We have lost one of the great enthusiasts of fly fishing in the US. Our hearts go out to Grace, their family and his countless friends from across the country. Mike & Roxanne Speer

Alabama flygirl

Sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers for his family.

David Hplmes

So sorry to hear Denny is gone. I'd done a float with him and he was a giant of a man, in every sense of the word.

Lonnie Davis

Wow! What a tragedy. My wife and I have been fishing with Denny and his first guide Doug Burton for more years than I'd care to remember. Denny and Grace have always been gracious, generous, and enormously pleasant. Anyone who knew Denny has to be terribly saddened by this news.
Lonnie Davis

Don LaChance

I had the opportunity to fish with Denny one on one this September and found him to be a warm caring individual. During our stops along the way through the "B" section of the Green we talked and you could just hear his love of the river. During that afternoon he taught me more about fly fishing than I had learned from any other individual.

He will surely be missed.


There are those who talk the talk, and those who walk the walk. Denny Breer was the real deal.

Jon Malovich

Denny and His wife Grace are a credit to compassion and love that exists in our sport and he was one of the greatest Guides, anglers and people I had the chance of knowing in my 25 years fishing the Green River.

I am sure many of the large trout on the green will miss the sound of his laughter echoing down the canyon walls.


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