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Old 12-02-2019, 12:25 PM   #1
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Passed away this morning after a long illness...



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Old 12-02-2019, 12:29 PM   #3
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RIP Mr Toman ,, loved his underwater videos learnt alot from his videos
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:32 PM   #4
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Family will plan a memorial service, probably after the holidays.
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:52 PM   #5
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Old 12-02-2019, 02:39 PM   #9
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Rest in peace "Guidefather"

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Old 12-02-2019, 02:51 PM   #10
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RIP Sir, Thank You for your tireless contributions and innovations!
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:02 PM   #11
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Close to Home.
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Still in shock.
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I merged these two threads. Thank you, Bill and eyefish.
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Posted by Molly Monroe, if you’d like to read about Bob, more.
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:08 PM   #15
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Very sad. I have fished next to him many times up and down the Columbia. He will be missed.
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:15 PM   #16
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Sad news - I remember seeing him when I first started salmon fishing the OC area, always hoped to be able to catch fish like him.
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:20 PM   #17
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Great Guy and Great attitude. May you rest in peace in the great fishing grounds.






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Old 12-02-2019, 05:55 PM   #18
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:57 PM   #19
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Wow.... Shared water with him so many times on Tilly Bay and places.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:07 PM   #20
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What an Icon, and loss for all of the loved ones. May you all find relief in your celebration of his life.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:12 PM   #21
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R.I.P Bob T.

I have a couple of his Thumpers, spinners he fished with. I have fished them a few times. I may just let them ride in my box......then again, they have good mojol!!!

Thanks for all of your contributions Mr. Toman!!
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:23 PM   #22
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so sorry to hear of his passing. one of the few people I have ever met that was most always willing to share what he knew with anyone. He was a generous man. He spoke to the Emerald Empire chapter of the NWSH many years ago and I am sure the every one in attendance that night left having learned something new. RIP Mr Toman. tight lines, may your hooks always be razor sharp and your net never have holes in it.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:34 PM   #23
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I caught my first Tillamook King in the Ghost Hole with a red/white Toman Thumper. Still one of my biggest fish. Thank you Mr. Toman. May you RIP.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:46 PM   #24
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I first met Bob at Larry's, which goes back a few years and then had some very informative discussions with him during the years I lived in Tillamook. He passed along some advice that put a few fish on my tag over the years. I also have memories of pulling my boat out along with everyone else by 3:30 pm or so and driving down to Cape Meares Lake to flush my motors only to see Bob still working out there by himself still trying to give his clients a chance to catch a fish. RIP Bob. You made the mold and set an example for many to follow.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #25
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Never met him, but his name was known by me and many I know. That kind of impact on people you have never met is a great legacy.
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:03 PM   #26
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You, sir, are what legends are made of. RIP Mr. Toman
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:58 AM   #27
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My Grandma taught me many years ago to "live your life the way you want to be talked about when you are dead" "mission accomplished sir "salute"

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Old 12-03-2019, 08:03 AM   #28
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First jet boat ride was in Bob's boat back when I was a kid in Portland in the 80's. Great memories of Bob getting my late grandpa from NY into a springer, which was his first and only salmon.
Loved reading the articles written about him over the years. Bob was an inspiration to me in the way he approached fishing with such an open mind and curious nature.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:24 AM   #29
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RIP Bob. Big loss for the fishing community.
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:15 PM   #30
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I have not known Bob personally for very long. A few years ago a mutual friend of ours asked me if I had time to build three rods for one of his friends, sure send him my number. Bob calls, a touch surprised. Those 3 rods eventually turned into 17, some for him, some for his clients, one for a fire chiefs retirement gift. Not one of them was the same and he was not afraid to jazz them up the decorations or do all sorts of things. Split grips, extended blanks, military label ribbon wraps, snake skin, cross wraps, carbon fiber grips (pink at that), Beaver orange blanks, neon tips, and decals of every imagination.



Talking with him on many occasions I realized he's probably forgot more about fishing than I never knew in the first place. Always great conversations.


I've never referred to him in public as a client until now, but he was my friend. You'll be missed Bob.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:09 PM   #32
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I remember seeing a picture of a huge Tillamook Bay chinook that he or his client had caught. 72 pounds, if I remember correctly. Rest in peace sir.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:29 PM   #33
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I have not know Bob personally for very long. A few years ago a mutual friend of ours asked me if I had time to build three rods for one of his friends, sure send him my number. Bob calls, a touch surprised. Those 3 rods eventually turned into 17, some for him, some for his clients, one for a fire chiefs retirement gift. Not one of them was the same and he was not afraid to jazz them up the decorations ir do all sorts of things. Split grips, extended blanks, military label ribbon wraps, snake skin, cross wraps, carbon fiber grips (pink at that), Beaver orange blanks, neon tips, and decals of every imagination.



Talking with him on many occasions I realized he's probably forgot more about fishing than I never knew in the first place. Always great conversations.


I've never referred to him in public as a client until now, but he was my friend. You'll be missed Bob.
I may have the Beaver blank!
Thanks very much...
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Yes you do Bill. Another builder/friend of mine in Washington painted it.

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Old 12-04-2019, 09:06 AM   #35
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Yes you do Bill. Another builder/friend of mine in Washington painted it.

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Old 12-04-2019, 10:40 AM   #36
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Look in the dictionary under ,"Gentleman"
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:31 AM   #37
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I was fortunate enough to consider Bob my friend and he was what I consider a model guide, river steward, and human being. Bob was not afraid to speak his mind and put the resource first. I always admired the fact he had more questions than answers and looked to attain a greater understanding of our fish. He was a he!! of a man and I'll miss him dearly.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:59 PM   #38
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I was fortunate enough to consider Bob my friend and he was what I consider a model guide, river steward, and human being. Bob was not afraid to speak his mind and put the resource first. I always admired the fact he had more questions than answers and looked to attain a greater understanding of our fish. He was a he!! of a man and I'll miss him dearly.
Remember that day on the Clack with him when those kids when hauling @$$ by us, and Bob knew they were going to fast to make the turn needed to stay in the channel, so he just looked at us without missing a beat backbouncing and said "watch this" and seconds later they launched that pretty North River over about 50' of dry cobble bar
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I've always looked forward to drifting by Bob's place on the Clack. "Is he there, where's his boat? His iconic smile just as noticeable as the eagle and red, white and blue graphics on his sled.

On one drift, we were lucky enough to catch him cleaning his sled after a morning of fishing. No doubt, cleaning up guts and blood. Incredibly, a great blue heron, which are normally extremely shy, was kind hanging out with Bob there by his boat. "Looks like you have a friend", I say. "Oh, that's Hank, Hank Heron", says Bob.

Thanks for that, Mr. Toman
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RIP Bob.
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Remember that day on the Clack with him when those kids when hauling @$$ by us, and Bob knew they were going to fast to make the turn needed to stay in the channel, so he just looked at us without missing a beat backbouncing and said "watch this" and seconds later they launched that pretty North River over about 50' of dry cobble bar
I believe Bobs exact words were "This is gonna be good..." Yep that was something. Dad's don't send your teenage sons with the their girl friends out in your 50k Commander.... He was a character.
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A legend for sure. I saved and I constantly re-read every article he has been involved with.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:59 PM   #43
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One of 3 guys from 1980 on that talked me into becoming a guide and I will always respect and continue to try and help everyday sportsmen & women to be respectful, thoughtful and knowledgeable on fishing and life.

Can't wait to fish the big river upstairs with you man !

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knew Bobby in High school, fun times, lost track of him when he left for Nam, then we met a few times at Larry's sporting good in their heyday , so sad many of the kids i ran with in high school are gone, when times were simple, didnt have much to worry about when your living at home,when your "working on your night moves" I remember Bobby's Smile, some of his characteristics and those good ole teen age years. so sad, love ya pal, RIP.

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I met the man on my very first “destination” fishing trip.... 1997 on the Nushagak River.

He greeted the arriving floatplane only to apologize how “slow” the fishing was the past couple days, the camp boats only averaging 30-35 kings a day!

First day of fishing was just as described... 32 fish to the boat. That night at the dinner tent, he asked for some volunteers to head WAY upriver with a young svelte Jeremy in the “big boat” to get on top of the last good wave of kings that swam past camp a few days earlier. I raised TWO hands! That would turn out to be a 78 king day, along with some platinum chums and some FAT trophy rainbows backtrolling Mag Warts and backbouncing eggs.

The consummate host sat down at my table to have dinner the second night of my stay, and was my personal guide the third day of fishing. He generously shared numerous secrets and “Toman-isms”. Like, “It doesn’t matter what color diver you use... as long as it’s BLUE.” The one I’ll never forget is all about the perils of fried chicken in the boat. And I credit Bob for enlightening me on the power of the Sharpie.

Before I left camp, he handpicked some spinner blades from his personal stash and urged me to catch my first tidewater Kenai king downtrolling a spinner. Sadly, 22 seasons later that order remains unfulfilled.

That’s not to say those blades didn’t work. One in particular continued to produce till nearly all the paint flaked away. Caught so many kings and silvers on this blade over the years that it's etched with the Circle of Life... just like a Kwik.



A gentleman on the water with a kind and generous spirit is gone too soon. Rest in peace, Bob Toman.... REST IN PEACE.


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I met the man on my very first “destination” fishing trip.... 1997 on the Nushagak River.

He greeted the arriving floatplane only to apologize how “slow” the fishing was the past couple days, the camp boats only averaging 30-35 kings a day!

First day of fishing was just as described... 32 fish to the boat. That night at the dinner tent, he asked for some volunteers to head WAY upriver with a young svelte Jeremy in the “big boat” to get on top of the last good wave of kings that swam past camp a few days earlier. I raised TWO hands! That would turn out to be a 78 king day, along with some platinum chums and some FAT trophy rainbows backtrolling Mag Warts and backbouncing eggs.

The consummate host sat down at my table to have dinner the second night of my stay, and was my personal guide the third day of fishing. He generously shared numerous secrets and “Toman-isms”. Like, “It doesn’t matter what color diver you use... as long as it’s BLUE.” The one I’ll never forget is all about the perils of fried chicken in the boat. And I credit Bob for enlightening me on the power of the Sharpie.

Before I left camp, he handpicked some spinner blades from his personal stash and urged me to catch my first tidewater Kenai king downtrolling a spinner. Sadly, 22 seasons later that order remains unfulfilled.

That’s not to say those blades didn’t work. One in particular continued to produce till nearly all the paint flaked away. Caught so many kings and silvers on this blade over the years that it's etched with the Circle of Life... just like a Kwik.



A gentleman on the water with a kind and generous spirit is gone too soon. Rest in peace, Bob Toman.... REST IN PEACE.


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One of my favorite Bob Toman stories occurred in 2008 and the Clackamas was running around 8000 cfs in June. We were attempting to catch 30 spring Chinook for radio-tag implantation and lay the foundation for a method to evaluate spring Chinook migration rates in the Clackamas. I think everyone knew we had a snowballs chance in he!! of catching 30 springers in those conditions but Bob was up to the challenge. Bob put in an ungodly number of hours trying to make it happen. Trip after trip we came up blanked or landed 1 fish for the day. The routine was predictable, we met at his house and we all ran divers and bait while he generally back-bounced. Finally, I got up the nerve to ask him if I could bounce instead of stair at a diver all day. He educated me on finer points of bouncing and told me “Garth you have to bounce with a purpose, quite raising you rod up and down just because it’s in your hands….” I got to laughing at the other meaning of that statement and danged if I didn’t start getting bit. Bob didn’t see the bite but he did see my eyes open wide. Just about the time I was ready to swing for the fences I didn’t and the fish quite biting my bait. He later told me there are only four ways to screw up a back-bouncing bite, “Set the hook to early, too late, too hard, or too soft.” I replied somewhat agitated, “well how the heck do I set it right?” He told me (out of the corner of his mouth), “anytime you land the fish you did it right.” Again, we both had some good belly laughs on that one. I’ll sure miss fishing with Bob.
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Great story Francis...
I love the wrap on that rod!

Reading all the posts about Bob Toman here and commenting on that rod wrap of Eyefish, it came to me that I appeared unfeeling about the passing of who seemed to be a well-respected guardian of fish and outstanding guide/person.

I never met Mr. Toman but sad that the fishing community AND the fish lost a great one. Condolences to his family and friends.

I do love the wrap on that rod though, Mr. Eyefish.
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Old 12-05-2019, 01:04 PM   #49
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Anybody here get to fish with Bob in the horseshoe when he was doing the mortality study?
I believe Bob was one if the first local guides to be able to make a living at it. Loved him and will miss him.
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:23 AM   #50
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So kind and down to earth.
I had the honor of running into him at Sportmans warehouse in Vancouver. He was so friendly and talkative. A sad time for sure. 😞
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:58 AM   #51
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RIP Mr Toman. Met you once. Your spinners are responsible for putting some great NW bounty in my freezer. Thank you and will see you again some times...however no rush. Wanna give you enough time to keep spinners ready when we all show up there!!! Much Respect!!!

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Old 12-06-2019, 02:03 PM   #52
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Here's my Bob's story,
Hardest working guide i ever had and I have had plenty. Basically sun up to sun down on the deschutes one year. All his wiggle warts were hand painted. Told us how to unsnag a hung plug and I use until this day. He told us the first hole above rattlesnake rapids was his because of the respect of the other guides. We get out of the boat, my 10 yo swinging plugs ahead of me. Middle of the run bam my son hits one on one of bob's plugs. This was 6AM. Fished all day until couldn't see. Somewhere above colorado there is a rock ledge just wide enough to park his sled. Needed one more fish to limit. He says hop out here. I hop out and I'm above my waist in water in heavy current. I have to hold onto the boat to wade. Bob says cast it there and let it work, take a step etc. Three casts, I hit a steelhead and after that is was so dark I don't know how we got back to heritage. What a day
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Old 12-07-2019, 04:47 PM   #53
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Both my dad and I caught our first steelhead with Bob, 20 years apart.

But better than that, I met my wife of now 25 years as a result of a trip to Bob's Alaska camp. I long acknowledged to Bob that I owed him a debt I could not possibly repay. A great man has passed our way. May he rest in peace.

(I'm not really a fireman but did buy our now 21 year old twin sons a used firetruck for their 6th Christmas, but that's another story. As with boats, you can guess the two best days of a firetruck owner's life).

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