Legendary fly fisher Max Garth dies

AUSTRALIAN pioneering saltwater fly fisherman Max Garth has died aged 83.

Garth had reportedly been suffering from ill health for some years. 

Garth was regularly featured in Fishing World magazine during Australia’s burgeoning saltwater fly period circa late 1970s and throughout the ’80s for his groundbreaking efforts in targeting gamefish on fly from rugged rock platforms, notably along the WA coast. A well known ledge at Quobba came to be called Garth’s Rock after the pioneering swoffer. 

In honouring Garth, noted fellow Aussie saltwater fly fisherman Ron Pearson posted on “Max’s contribution to the sport certainly had a major impact in Australia and he was well known in international circles as well.

He has been a mate from the ‘very early’ days and I will miss our lively discussions.” 

Max Garth last contributed to Fishing World via correspondence printed in the Letters section in the June 2013 winter-long issue.

Fishing World extends its sympathies to the Garth family. 

Obituary in The West Australian:

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