Frank Moore, angling and conservation legend, passes away


Photo Courtesy: Josh Duplechian – TU

Longtime proprietor of the Steamboat Inn was instrumental in protecting the iconic North Umpqua River

By Mark Taylor – TROUT Unlimited

The world of fly-fishing and conservation has lost a giant.

Frank Moore, a legendary angler and advocate for Oregon’s North Umpqua River, died Sunday.

He was 98.

A decorated World War II veteran who fought on the beach at Normandy on D-Day, Moore settled in the small logging town of Roseburg, Ore., with his wife, Jeanne, after the war.

While running a small café in town, Moore still found time for frequent evening fishing excursions to the North Umpqua, where he became enthralled with the silvery wild steelhead that finned in the river’s azure runs.

So began a lifelong love of the river, one spent not just chasing steelhead but fighting to protect the water they called home.

As he learned the river, Moore soon parlayed his love of steelhead into a part-time job guiding for Clarence Gordon, who ran a fishing camp and had a small store in Steamboat. The Moores bought the business in 1957 and established the Steamboat Inn, where they hosted thousands of guests over the years.

In the early 1970s, two of those guests were advertising and film executives Dick Snider and Hal Riney, who…continue reading at


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