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Pearow #13955421 04/11/21 01:08 AM
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Our fellow fly fisherman Pearow, Gene Bethea, passed away yesterday after fighting prostate cancer for several years. Gene was one of the finest fly fishermen and a wonderful guy that I had the honor and pleasure of calling my friend. RIP, Gene.

If any of you know of other forums that Gene was on, please let them know.

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Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13955532 04/11/21 04:07 AM
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Thank you for letting us know sir. Gene was a fine fellow. Witty, friendly, a gentle man. He will be missed.


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Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13955568 04/11/21 06:38 AM
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Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13955624 04/11/21 12:08 PM
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RIP. angel2

Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13955689 04/11/21 01:25 PM
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I believe this photo was taken at Purtis Creek. This is the last time I remember seeing Pearow. He will be missed.

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Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13955835 04/11/21 03:53 PM
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Caught many bluegill on flies he gave me when I was first starting out.
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Re: Pearow [Re: split cane rod] #13975293 04/27/21 03:14 AM
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How that was a long time ago. That was the first time I met him in person.


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1Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13975417 04/27/21 11:09 AM
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Fished with him quite a few times, they were enjoyable.


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Re: Pearow [Re: Fish Chaser] #13985987 05/05/21 12:06 AM
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A number of years ago, he made a mistake. He had built an eight foot four weight rod, only to realize he had threaded one too many guides on the blank. Always a perfectionist, he listed it on the old Texas Fly Report for $100. I scooped it up, of course. It resides at our old family farm, where it is the permanent go-to rod for tank fishing. We corresponded a few times via the message function on the old board. He eventually discovered that I had started fly fishing in 1963, at eight years of age, with a cheap Chinese made bamboo rod I had bought at the local hardware store for eight bucks, reel and line included. A few days later, to my surprise, a seven foot reimagined Chinese cane rod arrived at my door, courtesy of one Gene Bethea. He had found it at a garage sale for nothing, sanded, refinished, and rewrapped the old girl. It pleased him to gift that to another seasoned angler. I took it up to Broken Bow one January Sunday. (Listened to the Cowboys beat the Giants to clinch the division on the drive home, in the snow). I caught a few fish, then retired the rod. He invited me up to his home waters, of course. I never made it. He's the best friend I never actually met.

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