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Jake shares casting tips with Joel

William "Jake Jakespeare" Jacobson passed away on Saturday(11/17/12) from cancer. He was a good friend and will be missed by many for his generosity, humor and love of life.

JACOBSON, William W., Jr. "Jake Jakespeare" Of Walplole, November 17th, age 69. Beloved husband of Christine Wu. Cherished son of the late William W. and Katherine (Swiney) Jacobson of Bayonne, NJ. Devoted father of Maile Jacobson of Walpole. Cherished brother of Merrill of NJ, Paul (PhD.) of Iowa, Clifford (M.D.) of NY, Robert of NJ, Thomas of NJ, Honorable Mary Jacobson of NJ, Julie Jacobson of MD, Richard of NJ, and the late Jon. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.


Russell L. Keane 1931-2008

Crossroads Anglers has lost a good one. Russ Keane was an expert fisherman, woodworker, collector and a good friend. Russ died on January 30, 2008 after his battle with cancer.

Russ was born in Dedham on April 17, 1931. He proudly served his country in the United States Army 82nd Airborne during the Korean War. Russ worked for the Foxboro Company Security for over 25 years, retiring in 1985. Besides Crossroads Anglers, he was a member of many clubs including the Standish Sportsmen Club and was active in their fishing derbies for children and their sportsman’s show. Russ resided in Foxboro with his wife Grace.

Many members know of Russ’s fishing accomplishments; 11 stripers over 50 pounds and 2 more over 60, and too many others to list here. He received many fishing awards during the Schaefer contest years. In addition, Russ was a magnificent wood carver and an avid collector. He loved the history of fishing and the old lures and equipment. Russ enjoyed designing and making his own striper lures and bottom fishing rigs and sold them through retailers under his company name “Old Time”.

In addition to his wife Grace, he is survived by his son Christopher, daughter-in-law Ruth and two granddaughters, Emily and Lexie.

On a personal note – Russ, thank you for taking the time to share with me your love of lure making, collecting and fishing. I truly enjoyed our time together pouring lead, building lures, looking at old tackle, and the fish stories. We had fun. You will be missed.

Mike Cree

webmaster's note...Check the picture. Is that rod in the rod holder behind Russ in a "fish on" condition?


Dick Empie

Richard was born on November 14, 1944 and passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2011. A skilled fisherman, fly tyrer, instructor, researcher, and developer. Dick Empie is the innovator of over 100 fly patterns, mostly for trout, Atlantic salmon, and saltwater fishing. Dick claimed the Deadly Shiner series on which he did rigorous research and development catches everything, anytime, any season, anywhere!



AL BREWSTER- Sept. 25, 2013 96 years young

I first met Al, at Corcoran’s in Stoughton, MA in the winter of 1955. I was nine years old. It was a nice time growing up. Life was easy, people fished and hunted. The big places such as Orvis, LL Bean and Ambercrombie & Fitch were around but not nearby.

On a Friday night, I showed the salesman John Moriarity my crude attempt at tying trout flies. John called, Mr. Brewster over and showed him my flies. He gave me his thoughts. Kid, keep on tying and you will get better. For over sixty years he always called me the KID. I have to tell you I was honored and blessed to know Al Brewster.
In 1963, he formed Rhody Fly Rodders with Harold Gibbs. It was this night we were invited to Al’s home in Riverside, RI for the first meeting. Entering the basement I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He had long row of tables with five fly tying vises. I ask “how come so many vises’. His answer a vise for tying dry flies, another for streamers, wets, bass bugs and saltwater. I learned he was a commercial fly tyer for Orvis, LL Bean, Corcoran’s. He had boxes with jungle cock, bucktails, feathers – you name it he had it. I don’t know how many bamboo rods and a pipe collection. I thought I was in the Disneyland of Fly Tying and fishing.

Al Brewster was a lovable guy. He was personal friends with Art Flick, famous Catskill fly tyer and Rube Cross, who fished with Theodore Gordon, father of American dry fly fishing in the Catskills. He showed me how to tie Flick’s nymphs, his signature Catskill dries, famous Gibbs Striper fly, etc. He was always sharing places to fish such as Sandy Point, Portsmouth, Bristol Narrows, and Palmer River for shad and trout. It goes on.

When the Saltwater Fly Rodders of America was formed in 1965, a group of area fly fishers joined Al and Harold in their trip to New Jersey. Through their efforts we became Chapter Three. Al Brewster was a household name with the greats, such as Lee Wulff, Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte, Mark Sosin, Joan Wulff, Ken Bay, and others.
Al was a humble man. One day I started rumbling about how I met Charles Ritz, Lee Wulff, Ernie Schwiebert, Lee Wulff etc. through United Fly Tyers. He let me go on and on about famous people. He looked at me and said. Kid, never never forget people in your back yard, the people who you tie flies with and fish with. It just might be they are greater than all your idols. It was a lesson I always treasured. He was responsible for the phrase “always give back what you learned.” The tradition is alive and well – it will go on and on.

Al Brewster, you were like a dad to me. You will never be forgotten. It’s not good bye, it’s until we meet again.

God bless you,
The kid
Armand Courchaine
October 1, 2013


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