Norman Norlander, one of the preeminent fly fisherman of his time, died peacefully at his home in Kelso, Wa, on Monday, May 14, 2018. Norm was 79.
Norm changed the world of fly-fishing by inventing and developing the first rotary fly-tying vice, called the Norvise. He was featured in countless articles, numerous videos, television appearanc-es, and public appearances around the world, teaching others practical techniques and sharing his vast knowledge on the secrets of catching fish. He was extremely generous, and always took the time to talk with people and help them through their challenges, either personal or with their flytying techniques. He enjoyed cooking, laughing, and sharing time with friends.
Norm was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all.
Norm is survived by his wife Ruthe of 23 years, his son Brent Norlander, daughter Gwen Porter, stepdaughters Lauree Placencia and Julee Bryce, stepsons Jeff and John Cameron, and many loving grand-children and great grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held May 19 in the Sanctuary at Longview Community Church in with Pastor Mary Ross officiating. A fel-lowship gathering was held after the service.
Memorials can be made in lieu of flowers in his name to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., PO Box 695, LaPlata, MD 20646.