Fly Industry Loses a Midwest Icon


As first reported on, Tom Helgeson, the widely-respected publisher and editor of “Midwest Fly Fishing” recently passed away after a cancer battle.

Marshall Cutchin writes, “Tom Helgeson, publisher and editor of the popular “Midwest Fly Fishing” magazine, died of complications from cancer Friday evening in Minneapolis. Besides publishing the popular periodical, which covers fly fishing in the central US, Tom ran the Minneapolis/Chicago Great Waters Expos and the Vermilion Sporting Arts Gallery in St. Louis Park. Tom was an ardent conservationist, a caring teacher, and a gifted writer.”

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John Mazurkiewicz of Catalyst Marketing added the following:

“Tom published a very well done, very informative magazine focusing on fly fishing in the Midwest, and was also the main man behind the Great Water Expo fly shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. He truly was one of the good guys in our biz – and did a great deal to raise the awareness for fly fishing throughout the Midwest. He’ll be missed…”


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