The fly-fishing world lost legendary angler, photographer and traveler Cathy Beck, who passed away last week while hosting a trip at Argentina’s Lago Strobel (a.k.a. Jurassic Lake). 

Cathy and her husband, Barry, have been fixtures in the angling community for over three decades, and their photography has graced the covers of countless magazines. She was the first woman to appear on the cover of Fly Fisherman magazine in 1991.

Beck was a master angler and considered a pioneer in fly fishing instruction. She leaves an “indelible mark on enthusiasts worldwide” for her unwavering dedication to the sport and anglers worldwide, from novices to seasoned pros, who sought her guidance and expertise.

Beck was known for her “ability to make even the most complex techniques seem attainable. Her patience was unmatched, and her unwavering commitment to helping others succeed. Through her workshops, seminars, and one-on-one tutorials, she transformed the lives of countless fly-fishing enthusiasts, instilling in them a deep love and respect for the sport.”

Beck was also an avid conservationist and “dedicated her time and efforts to protect the waters that housed the beloved trout she adored. Her active involvement in various environmental initiatives showcased her commitment to preserving the natural beauty that was the backdrop for her teachings.”

Her impact on the fly fishing community “will endure for generations as her teachings continue to shape the future of the sport she loved so dearly.”