It is with sadness that CalTrout notes the passing of Martin Seldon, a founding CalTrout Director, FFF luminary, and dogged advocate for our fisheries.
Marty established a scholarship program so students could attend the Wild Trout Symposium, and this is his bio from that scholarship page:
Marty has played a long and active role as an advocate of wild trout, and has been an enthusiastic volunteer for the Wild Trout Symposium Organizing Committee since Wild Trout-II in 1979.
Over the years Marty has been active on the Photography, Awards, and Program Committees, and has chaired the Awards Committee for WT-VII and WT-VIII, and served as its co-chair for WT-IX in 2007. Marty has continued to be active on the Organizing Committee for WT-X.
Among many others, he received the Federation of Fly Fishers’ highest honor, The Order of the Lapis Lazuli Award. He was also the Wild Trout Symposium’s first nonprofessional category Aldo Starker Leopold Wild Trout Medal recipient at Wild Trout-III in 1984.
Marty’s long involvement in wild trout conservation began in the 1960’s, when Marty wrote fishing columns for San Francisco and Central Valley fishing newspapers and was Angler Magazine Conservation Editor. Over the year’s Marty has written extensively on catch-and-release fishing.
Marty has served as a Trout Unlimited chapter president, was a founding director of CalTrout, and has been a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) volunteer since 1972. Marty has also served as the Conservation Vice President of the Northern California Council FFF and from 1976-1986 was on the FFF Executive Committee as Senior Vice President Conservation.
He has been Chairman of the FFF International Relations and Fish and Wildlife Committees, and managed several FFF fly fishing industry databases. He is presently a FFF Northern California/Northern Nevada Council Director, and a FFF Senior Advisor.