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I just read on another board that Harry Koons , the owner of the Shop "Nauset Angler" just passed away today. It comes as a shock to me since I thought he beat that illness. His shop was a great meeting place on and off season and I will really miss him. He was a great guy and a great fisherman.:(
 

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Very sorry to hear that. While I hadn't been in his shop in a long time he was certainly one of the first fly shop owners I found that really seemed to take the time to take an interest in his customers and really look to leave them with not only a bag on the way out but a bit of his vast local knowledge to go along with it. We'll all have to tie a few Rat's Asses in his honor to fish next season.

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Sad news, indeed. I bought my first 9wt from Harry. He even told me where I could find some stripers to test it out on :cool: .

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What sad news. I saw Harry in October, and had no idea that he had a health problem; other than his previous bout. He was just finishing the details on his guest house for fishermen. What a great job he was doing, first class. We'll miss him.
 

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Harry Koons had a real connection with the Fly Fishing Forum besides advertising his fly shop here.

Those who remember the old days will digress the memories when all the proficient tiers would run workshops at the Marlboro Show supporting this Forum.

Juro, Striblue, Lefty, and others would set up the booth. Everyone would be galvanized around the location with plenty of activity and buzz. Some great tiers too, Striblue, Gil Berke, Harry Koons, and others.

Ah!... the good ole days.
 

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Harry was a close friend and a true practitioner of the art of angling. I read in disbelief, but I guess I have to accept it's true.

The 2008 Spring Clave is dedicated to my friend and yours, Mr. Harry Koons - the Nauset Angler.
 

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This is so, so sad.

Last time I was on the Cape, I called in at Nausett Angler since I hadn't seen Harry for a couple of seasons. Everything looked closed up and the neighbor said, "Harry's up in Maine fishing!"

I'm betting he's fishing right now!

A true friend to the forum and always willing to pass on local knowledge for those new to the area or looking to explore the Cape beyond Monomoy.

Good call Juro. I'll be raising a glass in Harry's memory this coming May.
 

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GONE TOO SOON...Harry will ALWAYS be the Nauset Angler!

During my "dark" previous life I lost many good friends...victims of a high risk environment and a dangerous calling...somewhat expected and all part of the ultimate price of admission...
I dodged more than one golden beebee and had more than my fair share of close calls...
Related PTSD and Attachment Disorder issues still haunt me...

New friends...New surroundings...New beginnings...
The Cape has been good medicine for me and the centre of my new universe...
Harry was always a bright star in my sky and a cordial host whenever I stopped by to visit him in his warm and welcoming shop...
Harry WAS the Nauset Angler and will, even in his absence, continue to be a positive influence...

We grieve his untimely passing and deeply regret the loss of his warm and sincere friendship...
For me, his untimely departure will be more profound than the new Nauset Break!
Being blessed with Harry's acquaintance makes me smile but the tears in my eyes and the ache in my heart darken the winter sun and intensify the cold breeze...

We should mourn his loss and celebrate his life and never take for granted friendships and simple joys...
Driving down the road to Nauset Beach will NEVER be the same!
Tight lines, Harry!
 

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From today's Cape Cod Times online:
[EAST ORLEANS —

Harry Charles Koons II, 57, of East Orleans, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007.

He is survived by his friend and wife, Julianne Burnham Koons; three beautiful daughters, the loves of his life, Emily Gagon, Amy Koons and Rebekkah Koons of New Hampshire; a niece and nephew, Nicole Monahan and Erik Bordman. He is predeceased by his parents, Catharine and Richard Koons, and his sister, Susan Bordman.

Harry accomplished many feats during his short life and lived his life to the fullest. His greatest passion and joy, besides his devoted friends and family, were fishing and music. He always felt at peace on the water, organized many bonefish trips in the Bahamas and Mexico, and owned and operated the Nauset Angler. He was written about in many journals on his original designs of the tackle, and was commissioned by many for his artistic talent.

More recently, he got back to his music. He would sit for hours playing his mandolin, and had plans for a Christmas CD with his old friends from school.

He will be dearly missed by many.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a short ceremony, at 3 p.m., in the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Interfaith Council for the Homeless, P.O. Box 828, Orleans, MA 02653, or to the American Cancer Society, 1115 W. Chestnut St., Brockton, MA 02301. ]

Unfortunately I only met Harry once, on the day Juro took me out to Nauset after teaching me the casting mechanics of the Atlantis on the lawn next to Harry's shop. He struck me as a very generous and genuine individual. I'm saddened that I won't have the opportunity to get to know him better, given the glowing tributes posted by those here who did. Tight lines, Harry.
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Thank-you!

I just want to personally thank everyone one that posted such nice things about my father Harry Koons!! I am Emily his oldest daughter. I just want to set the record straight about his death. He had rebuild the Nauset Angler into a place to live. He had put in a beautiful staircase. Unfortunatly he hadnt put up the railing and he fell. Our family is still trying to wrap our minds around that. If any of you live on the cape we are having a ceremony at nickerson funeral home in Orleans, Ma this sat at 2pm and then a gathering at Joe's bar and grill after. Again thanks to all that posted my 2 sisters and i really loved finding this website!
 

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Harry was a really nice guy.
He was always helpful and gave me a few flies many years ago on South Beach. He was always willing to help the new guys. I will miss him.
I hope he gets to fish in Heaven.
Cheers Harry,
DK
 

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Gone but NOT forgotten...

The funeral home parking lot was over flowing with cars and well wishers crowded into the memorial...
Very emotional and a wonderful testament to the life and good times of a man truly rich with family and friends...
Somewhere in the here after there are vast flats with tailing fish and Harry is in his element wading up a storm...
 

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I fished with Harry and Sean, his business partner at that time, many years ago. I visited him at his shop for many years after that and he was always friendly and generous. My next trip to the Cape will have an important ingredient missing- a visit with Harry. I will wear my Rat's Ass hats with sadness but also happiness that I knew and fished with Harry.
 

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We'll Miss you Harry!

Wow that is a surprise to hear about Harry.

I too will tie up a few Rat's Asses in his honor.
He'll certainly be missed by us here at the forum.
Wish I saw this post in time to get down to the cape to pay my respects to the family.

Best wishes for you all in the New Year.

Greg.
 
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