Scientific Anglers' Bruce Richards Retires

Fly line guru, master casting instructor and MidCurrent board member Bruce Richards turned a big page this week when he retired from Scientific Anglers after 33 years. While he will continue consulting for SA, he plans to move to Montana in the near future.
Richards has been behind many of the most important advances in fly line design using computer-aided technology and advanced materials, but he counts among of his major successes simply thinking differently about how fly lines should work. “An example of the latter, he said, was the long-standing belief that lines to be used on small streams should not only be delicate, but have a long taper. But on a small stream a cast often doesn’t even include all of the taper, meaning the caster isn’t using the weight built into the line to deliver the fly. The solution was a compound taper.” Steve Griffin writes about Richards in this morning’s Midland Daily News.

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  • Bruce Richards is not only one of the two or three most knowledgeable sources about fly lines on the planet, he is also one of the nicest guys in fly fishing. In three years of writing about products and technology for American Angler, I have heard the phrase “proprietary technology” more times than any other–but never from Bruce. I have learned that the more a company uses that term, the less they ultimately have to talk about what’s behind it. SA under Bruce never had to hide their technology, because it was always among the best–not just in fly lines, but in comparison to the entire industry. He was always happy to explain to me, in great detail and repeatedly, why and how his designs worked. I truly appreciate his commitment to the sport and to helping anglers understand it.
    Bruce will be very hard to replace. I hope he enjoys himself in Montana.