It is sad news to share with the fly tying communnitty, but renowned Adriondack fly tyer Francis (Fran) Betters has passed away. Fran died on Sunday, September 6th. I had just spoke with Fran a couple weeks back on the phone and this news is indeed sad. We posted back a few months ago about Fran and some of the challenges he was facing (http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/fran-betters-needs-our-help/). I purchased a bunch of flies to do my small part to help out and the flies have arrived and will now never see any water. The flies included The Usual, Ausable Wulff, Haystack and Ausable Caddis, some of Fran’s signature flies. Please see the article posted below for a tribute to Fran. The fly tying world has lost an icon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.