Clifford G. King, Jr.
Cliff King died on March 15, 2018. Cliff was a founding member of the Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen, although not a member for many years. He did, however, faithfully attend the annual dinners to visit with his old friends, and attended the last one!
Cliff was a third generation San Lorenzo steelheader, well known to many who currently or in years past have followed that tradition. His son Kevin, and grandson Seth Bowman (fish culturist at the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project) are carrying on the tradition. Cliff helped to build the hatchery on Big Creek and the rearing pond at Paradise Park.
Cliff belonged to an old generation of Santa Cruz native hunters and fishermen who started with braided cotton fishing line, solid one-piece Calcutta cane rods and fly lines identified with letter codes. Cliff loved to pass his knowledge on to younger folk. His idea of fly fishing was to build a rod from a blank, with grips glued up from cork rings, tie flies with chenille and India chicken capes, and build up leaders with blood knots. He was an ardent conservationist of the old school, keeping fish and game meat to feed family and friends when appropriate, wasting nothing. He will be missed.