Don Martinez

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Donald S. Martinez (Jan. 10 1895- Jan. 1956), was an American sports author contributing the "Western Trout Fishing" section to the Wise Fisherman’s Encyclopedia, Illustrated (1951).[1]

A Founder of the Izaak Walton League and Modern Fly-Fishing[edit]

Martinez was also a founder of the Izaak Walton League and is credited with introducing dry fly fishing to Yellowstone National Park in the 1930s.[2] To Martinez has been attributed the marketing of the Woolly Worm (imitation) lure for western waters. Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine named Don Martinez to its 'Pioneers & Legends' distinction in the fall of 2004, two years before Zane Grey. Don Martinez has also been featured in the book, Fly Fishing Pioneers & Legends of the Northwest. Don’s promotion of Angling in Yellowstone National Park occurred in the mid-1930s when he opened a seasonal, one-room fly shop, later to become Bob Jacklin's Fly Shop on the corner of Yellowstone and Canyon streets. Born in Chicago and later relocating to southern California, Martinez was a real estate executive, and son of George D. Martinez and Alice Shillman Martinez. He and his spouse Nola had two children, David G. Martinez and Mary M. Martinez.

Education[edit]

Martinez graduated from Cornell University in 1918, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Popular Science Monthly (158:4)(April 1951). Lt. General Walter Bedell Smith contributed the section on "Fresh Water Tackle."
  2. ^ Annals of Wyoming, "The Past and Present of Fly-Fishing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming: An Interview with Jack Dennis" (76:2)(Spring 2004).