Marty Seldon, recipient of The Order of the Lapis Lazuli Award from the Fly Fishing Federation and of the Aldo Starker Leopold Wild Trout Medal from the Wild Trout Symposium, died Wednesday after respiratory failure and a heart attack. Seldon was a permanent fixture in fly fishing conservation, serving as a volunteer or director for many groups, including Trout Unlimited, CalTrout and the FFF. Seldon was also a well-informed educator on the value of fishing barbless, as this bulletin board post from 2001 shows.
As the Wild Trout Symposium, which established scholarships in fisheries management in Seldon’s name, wrote: “Marty’s long involvement in wild trout conservation began in the 1960’s, when Marty wrote fishing columns for San Francisco and Central Valley fishing newspapers and was Angler Magazine Conservation Editor. Over the year’s Marty has written extensively on catch-and-release fishing.”
There will be a memorial service for Marty Seldon on Monday, January 2nd at 11:00 AM at Temple Emmanuel 1010 University Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126. For more information, contact his son, Jeff, at email@example.com.