My Old Friends: Charlie Fox, Vince Marinaro,
Rossy Trimmer and others
Gene "Guido" Macri
Over 35 years ago I ventured to a stream called the Letort. Within a short time period I met
and fished with many of the legendary fly anglers on these fabulous spring creeks that I grew up reading
about in the fishing magazines and books. Charlie Fox, Vince Marinaro, Rossy Trimmer became my friends.
Such fishing insanity congregated once a month for fishing talk, drinks, and camaraderie known as the Letort
Regulars. Many of the same group met every Sunday for breakfast at the Farmers' Market Restaurant outside
Carlisle where more fishing talk, fun, and sometime comedy occurred.
Those were some of the days of my youth growing up in the midst of this American Fly Fishing heritage. It was just great and I thought
mistakenly enough those days would never end. But time catches up to all of us and now I have photos,
and memories of my experience and days a stream and our wonderful encounters(The photo
to the right shows Rossy Trimmer, Vince Marinaro, and Charlie Fox on the Letort circa late 50's early 60's
original by Irv Swope).
I wish all fly anglers could have shared in those meetings and streamside chats but obviously they can't so I hope this website al least gives everyone who
picks up a fly rod and reads these pages as well as the historical books a taste of what it was all about
(Photo to the right shows Charlie Fox and Ernie Schwiebert at a special Letort Regulars
Party held for Charlie Fox).
Those were magical times in fly fishing at least to me they were. Our streams
have suffered numerous perturbations over the years and unfortunately we have failed to put a dent into the
corporate juggernaut that have defined progress on their terms and not ours and thus pollute our
Streams like the Letort were the Mecca of fly fishing. Everyone from Ernie Schwiebert to
Arnold Gingrich (the founder and publisher of Esquire) passed this way. These were the streams to fish
with Charlie, Vince, Rossy,Lefty Kreh, Ed Shenk, Ed Koch, and others who knew something you didn't about
catching sophisticated trout (Photo to the left shows my old fishing buddy the late Tommy Thomas
with one of my good cigars at the Flyfisher's Banquet of Harrisburg. Tommy was the comrade of Charlie Fox,
Joe Brooks and others. He was a fantastic fly angler in his own right).
I will always treasure my time on these streams even though they are no longer what they were thirty-five years ago. They still harbor
some of the most sophisticated and difficult trout in the world. As one fly angler put it, "this is
where you go to get your PhD in fly fishing!" (Photo to the right shows Charlie Fox and
Lefty Kreh on the Letort on the "Bench" where many a trout was observed and many a fly was tied, circa, late
60's original by Irv Swope).