View Full Version : Ted Myers

10-03-2009, 11:29 AM
My sympathies to all the LRO family in the death of Ted Myers. He had become a unique fixture at the shop.
I was fishing Tuesday in the Smokies and was having a tough time and I thought about Ted. I've heard him say a couple of times, "If you're fishing in the Smokies, tie on something yellow. Even if it's not supposed to be a yellow season, that's what I use." I tied on something yellow and caught a trout.

Thanks, Ted. You will definitely be missed.

10-03-2009, 02:17 PM
Wow, that's very sad news. My prayers go out to Ted's family, the folks at the shop and all who knew him.

Like Charlie said, Ted, you'll be missed.


10-03-2009, 08:45 PM
Very sad indeed. I really liked Ted. I bought my first fly rod and reel from him back in the mid 90s at Wynns. He was always glad to talk fly fishing, let you go outside behind the store and cast rods and answer any dumb question I had. He was an avid Smallmouth fly fisherman as well. We had lots of conversations and would always come talk to me whenever I would come into both Wynns and LRO. He will be much missed by all who knew him.

Jim Comish
10-04-2009, 07:23 AM
Ted was always open to helping others learn more about fishing. He forgot far more than I'll ever have time to learn in my remaining years. I'll always remember talking to him last Friday about stalking fish in the Park. He kept my flame of hope of the "big one" alive. We'll miss you Ted. I only wish we could have told you how much.
Jim Comish

10-04-2009, 09:23 AM
It was very sad to hear the news in the fishing report yesterday. While I was not a weekly or even monthly visitor to the LRO shop, it seems that every time I did visit Ted was there. He always helped me find what I needed and gave me some advice for my fishing trip. He will truly be missed by many.

To the LRO family and Ted's family, I wish there was more I could do or say, but know that my prayers are with you.

10-04-2009, 02:13 PM
I always think of an old Irish saying that my grandmother would use in times of someone's passing "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, and love leaves a memory no one can steal".

Byron Begley
10-04-2009, 08:03 PM
I miss Ted. We are all heartbroken. I loved him and everyone here loved him. There was not a kinder man. LRO will never be the same. If you want to pay your last respects here is the link to his obituary in the Mountain Press.


http://www.themountainpress.com/pages/full_story/push?article--Ted+Myers-%20&id=3817499--Ted+Myers-&instance=obituaries (http://www.themountainpress.com/pages/full_story/push?article--Ted+Myers-%20&id=3817499--Ted+Myers-&instance=obituaries)

10-05-2009, 06:42 AM
I am very sad to hear that Mr. Myers passed away. I talked to him several times at the store and found him to be a very nice man. On one particular occasion, I came in with my new puppy, a German Shorthair. Mr. Myers and I spent the next hour or so talking about bird hunting. I walked away with a lot more than whatever tying materials I came in for.

10-06-2009, 09:05 AM
I also talked bird hunting with Ted on a couple of visits. He helped me with my first pair of wading boots, and helped me with my first "serious" flyrod purchase. He set up and spooled my reel, and gave me some casting pointers out back of the shop. He always remembered me although I stopped by only 2-3 times a year. The last conversation we had was about the history of Townsend and the old cove. You are missed my friend. My prayers go up for the family and friends, may God bless you all in the times ahead, Bran Midkiff.

10-07-2009, 12:06 PM
I will indeed miss Ted, he also sold me my first serious fly rod and reel. He told me how to catch fish on the Clinch, he always had time to help. I will be praying for his family and friends.


Byron Begley
10-07-2009, 07:48 PM
Last night was sad. I knew Ted had a lot of friends and they were there. But there were hundreds I didn't know. There was a huge line waiting in the rain to get into the funeral home. I saw and talked to some of his best friends, the ones he talked about to me often. One was not there because he passed away a few months ago. His name was Ronnnie Joe Whaley. Ted smiled and laughed at the antics of Ronnie Joe and Ray Ball. They were always up to something. I miss Ronnie Joe too. He was a good man who also had a lot of friends. This is a sad time. Ray has lost two very close friends in a short period of time. Ray is one of the finest people you will ever meet. I'm sad for Ray, Steve, Sandra, Ted's family and all of us. Tonight I was at the shop getting the boat ready to go fishing for a couple of days. My buddies Joe McGroom and Jim Gleaves just got back from fishing and we were talking about the 23" brown Joe lost. Joe got a phone call. He walked away from Jim and I. The call was to tell him one of his best friends had drowned. Joe is 21 years old, he was at the service last night for Ted and tonight he got this awful news. Tonight my prayers are for my friend Joe McGroom.


Paula Begley
10-07-2009, 09:01 PM
Our hearts are broken and we will miss Ted horribly. I don't even have the words yet to adequately describe how saddened I am...and I know, after last night, there are hundreds who join me in this sentiment.

I'll keep close to my heart those times that Ted was at his happiest: when he was talking about his latest trip with Sandra or the latest ball game he attended to watch his grandchildren play.

There is certainly way too much grief and sadness to go around lately. I extend my prayers to all of the Myers' and to the McGroom family as well.


10-24-2009, 10:46 PM
When I first met Ted Myers in the early 90's, I thought he was a grumpy ole curmudgeon. However, once I got through the outer shell, I found he was a very sincere, thoughtful, and giving person. After fishing the Park for years, Ted got me into fishing tailwaters by taking me to Watagua. I'll never forget walking along the bank below the one-lane bridge in Siam. I watched him catch several nice 'bows cruising the run using a 50 ft roll cast that previously I would have thought was impossible. He always loved Stoney Creek.

Ted was my "E.F. Hutton". When he spoke, I listened!!

Thanks for the great times Ted.


10-25-2009, 09:42 AM
I do not know Ted; however, I can see that he as left an indelible mark on the fly fishing community. You see, it is not what you have, but, what you leave behind that matters most.

I can see that Ted must have been a great man and a wonderful person from all these stories.

The World needs more Teds.

Rest in Peace Ted!

The Principal
10-26-2009, 04:59 PM
Ted and I talked fishing every time I came by the shop. He actually knew
where Cedar Bluff Alabama was. He talked about coming down here and fishing
Weiss Lake for Crappie. He will be missed.

Paul McWhorter