A spoke in Northern California's wheel of fly
fishing has certainly broken with the passing of Bill Carnazzo
January 17, 2013 -- At the age of 73, Bill Carnazzo passed away in
his Foresthill home on Tuesday, January 16, 2013 resulting from a
massive brain hemorrhage. According to his cousin, Andy Pomo,
services are pending. In all due respect of Bill's loving family, it
is not known whether a public service will be held.
Bill was born on the Monterey Peninsula, California, the son of
Sicilian parents. He hung around the docks in that area and the old
Fisherman's Wharf, wild fish and water in his blood. Graduating from
surf and rock fishing as a teenager, he moved up and was one of the
early pioneers of coastal steelhead fishing. He became hooked on fly
fishing over 50 years ago, fishing the Sierra back country,
especially the upper Sacramento River drainage.
|Bill doing what he loved most. Photo copied
from Bill's website, I hope, looking down, he doesn't mind.
In 1995 he started Bill Carnazzo's Spring Creek Guide service and
became even more involved in guiding after retiring in 1993 as Chief
Assistant City Attorney for the City of Sacramento. His passion for
fly fishing led to his becoming a leading west coast fly tier with
numerous signature patterns and was the "At the Vice" editor for the
California Fly Fisher. He frequently held casting and fishing
clinics, especially the skills necessary for short line nymphing.
Bill was one of the founding members of the Granite Bay Fly Fishers
and twice president. He was an ardent conservationist, working with
such organizations as CSPA and Tom Barto's Horseshoe Bar Preserve to
develop fish healthy flows on the American River watershed. He
worked with the Wounded Warriors group, teaching many war wounded
vets the art of fly fishing and the psychological rest it can
Bill's death makes the fly fishing community in Northern California,
a little smaller and a lot poorer. He will be missed. Bill's website
is still on-line. You can learn more about Bill as a person and his
special skills as an angler at Bill Carnazzo's Spring Creek Guide