A stone monument in the Catoctin Mountains stands as a silent tribute to a man who is known as the “father of modern fly fishing,” Joseph W. Brooks (1901-1972). Most motorists traveling through Catoctin National Park on Md. Route 77 pay little attention to the structure which occupies a pull-off area across from the park office. However, if there is a vehicle park in the vicinity, you can bet there is someone fishing Big Hunting Creek which flows behind the monument.
Brooks was a fly fisherman and popular outdoor writer. He was also the outdoor editor for The Baltimore Sun. Brooks taught many celebrities to fly fish, and became lasting friends with them, including Bing Crosby, Ted Williams and Jack Nicklaus. He was featured on the ABC show “The American Sportsman.”
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