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: The Sportsmans Friend

08-27-2005, 01:00 AM
Harold Ensley, creator of the first television Fishing show "The Sportsmans Friend" died Wednesday. He was 92.
Harold was an avid angler and traveled the world fishing for many exotic species, being one of the first to flyfish for Sharks! The TV series ran from 1953 to 2001 producing over 1500 shows! Before that he produced over 5000 radio broadcasts about fishing and the outdoors.
He taught actor Jimmy Stewart to cast in a motel pool and fished with sporting greats Joe Damagio and Mickey Mantle! Also an author, he wrote the book "Winds of Chance"
I remember watching The Sportsmans Friend at my cousins house in southwestern Mass. on a station out of New York City when I was a kid.


08-27-2005, 07:22 AM
Truly one of a kind angler / legend. I'll have to buy his book, one to learn more about this remarkable man and two to push some royalites to those he left behind.