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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 Carnazzo
Bill doing what he loved most. Photo copied from Bill's website, I hope, looking down, he doesn't mind.
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.

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 provide.

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 Service, http://www.billcarnazzo.com/




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