RIP Richard ‘Uncle Dickie’ Talleur (1931-2011)

It’s sad new that landed in my inbox this morning. I’ve just learned that Dick Talleur has passed away after a short illness. Dick had a prolific career in the fly fishing industry, and leaves behind scores of friends and acquaintances in the field. Dick was truly dedicated to the art of fly tying and has produced a great library of books and videos. His book, “Talleur’s Basic Fly Tying – A Beginner’s Benchside Reference”, was my first fly tying book, and I spent many nights studying the pages, tying the flies and absorbing the newfound addiction.

His departure will leave a gaping hole in the fly tying world. We’ll miss his quirky flies along with his effortless masterful skills.

Rest well dear friend of the vise.

Richard "uncle Dickie" Talleur
Dick Talleur Daiichi Hooks 2370
Dick Talleur Daiichi Hooks 2370

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    Richard W. Talleur passed on Friday February 18, 2011, after a brief illness. Originally from Clinton Corners, NY, Dick enjoyed a long career with AT&T. After retiring from AT&T, Dick took his favorite hobby and first love, and made it his life. Dick was an accomplished fly tier and fisherman, and a well-known and respected author of several books on fishing and fly-tying. Dick loved his sport and, with his many friends, supported the continuation of fly fishing and the practice of catch and release.
    Dick is predeceased by his parents Richard B. Talleur and Dorothy Carner Talleur Wollenhaupt; and by his son William D. Talleur. He is survived by his wife Vera A. Talleur, his step-son Yuri Y. Kovalenko, his sister Carolyn A. Lawatsch of Pompano Beach, FL, his brother David C. Talleur and wife Denise of Midway, GA, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
    There will be a Memorial Service at the McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Highway 17 Bypass at 67th Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC (843-449-3396), on Tuesday February 22, 2011. The family will receive guests at the Funeral Home starting at 3:30pm, followed by a Celebration of his Life service beginning at 5:00 pm. At a later date, in a private family ceremony, Dick’s ashes will be dispersed in a place of his choosing.
    Dick would have appreciated any donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to HEIFER INTERNATIONAL, or to a Charity of your choice in his name.
    Please also sign the McMillan-Small Funeral Home guestbook at

    1. What a sad day for the fly tying world.I will miss our quick little talks before the shows,his helpful hints, and his great,great sense of humor remember his slide presentation at the Flyfishing Show banquet ? You were a jewel.

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