Don Martinez

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Donald S. Martinez
Born 1903
Washington, Connecticut
Died 1955
Los Angeles, California
Known for Commercial fly tying, fly-shop owner
Home town Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Mary Martinez

Donald S. Martinez (1903-1955), was an American commercial fly tier, fly shop owner and fly angler. He is most noted for his development and promotion of the woolly worm fly and dry fly fishing in the Yellowstone National Park region. He operated a seasonal fly shop in West Yellowstone, Montana during the summers of 1932-1943. His West Yellowstone shop was eventually sold to Bud Lilly and became Bud Lilly's Trout Shop which still operates there today.[1]

West Yellowstone, Montana[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. 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.


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


  1. ^ Lilly, Bud; Schullery, Paul (1988). A Trout's Best Friend-The Angling Autobiography of Bud Lilly. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company. pp. 36–37. 
  2. ^ Annals of Wyoming, "The Past and Present of Fly-Fishing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming: An Interview with Jack Dennis" (76:2)(Spring 2004).
  • Grant, George (Spring 1982). "Don Martinez-Western Dry Fly Master" (pdf). American Fly Fisher. American Museum of Fly Fishing. 9 (2): 9–14. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 
  • Berryman, Jack W. (2006). "Donald S. Martinez (circa 1900-1955)". Fly-Fishing Pioneers and Legends of the Northwest. Seattle, WA: Northwest Fly Fishing LLC. pp. 95–99. ISBN 978-0-9779454-0-5. 
  • Valla, Mike (2013). "Don Martinez (ca.1903-1955)". The Founding Flies-43 American Masters Their Patterns and Influences. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. pp. 217–223. ISBN 9780811708333. 
  • "54 Founders of the Izaak Walton League". Izaak Walton League. Retrieved 2014-11-15.