Frank Moore, steward of North Umpqua River, dies at 98


The angling community is mourning the loss of a legend today.

Words cannot do justice to what an incredible man Frank Moore was. Frank made an impression from the handshake; you thought your hand was going to break every time he shook it. Frank was inspiring in so many ways. For me his humble and giving personality went well beyond fly fishing. Frank shared his love for fishing and for life. We will miss him greatly.


From Oregon Public Broadcasting

Frank Moore, a World War II veteran and advocate for river preservation, passed away Sunday at the age of 98.

Moore, an avid fly fisherman, was known for helping to write the Oregon Forest Practices Act. He and his wife were honored in 2019 when Congress passed legislation to designate the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary on 100,000 acres along the North Umpqua River.

Related: Frank Moore feature in 2013 episode of Oregon Field Guide

In a statement, Oregon U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said the following:

“I am deeply saddened to hear the news that my friend Frank Moore has passed away at the age of 98. Frank’s contributions and service to the state of Oregon was monumental. A local World War II veteran and avid fly fisherman, Frank was one of the foremost conservationists in our state’s history. He served on the State of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission from 1971 to 1974 and has been repeatedly recognized for his efforts to preserve fish habitats.

“I’m proud to have worked with him to designate the 100,000 acres in the Steamboat Creek watershed in Umpqua national forest for steelhead salmon preservation. The Special Management Area will forever bear his name, and we will honor his work to conserve our natural world for generations. Rest in peace, Frank.”

You can read Trout Unlimited note on the passing here: TU FRANK MOORE

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