Fly Fishing People: Tom Lionvale

July 4, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

71-year-old Tom Lionvale has hiked the John Muir trail and all 35 east-west passes of the Sierra Nevada crest., all with an original 1965 Kelty external-frame backpack. Where did he get his love of wilderness? From his dad, who was president of the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco. “From a young age, Lionvale had a fly rod in his hand, accompanying his family on trips to Lake Almanor in northeastern California and the Rogue River in Oregon.” Brett Wilkison in the Visalia Times-Delta.