TRIBUTE TO MAC MILLER / by CAPT ART SCHMIDT

FLY FISHING HISTORY

MacDonald  Charles Miller , known to his friends as "Daddy Mac" died quietly on  April 19th 2008 in the North Georgia Mountains. Mac was born in Raleigh,  NC on November 11th 1935. He was an orphan, known as "Baby Ray"  He was  adopted at the age of 5 months by Donald Miller of Dayton Ohio. The  family moved to Miami Florida in 1945. Mac's father invented the highly  successful brand of shampoo "Vita Fluff"  in the 1940's. The family  owned a villa in Havana Cuba and Mac made many trips to the island in  the 1950's. Mac became an accomplished fly angler and was a founding  member of the Miami Rod &Reel Club, (known today as the IGFA) Mac, a  much decorated member over the years caught every species of billfish  on fly and held the world record for tarpon in the 1960's Mac, a quiet  soft spoken man was a gentle giant of the infant sport of Saltwater Fly  Fishing. Unlike Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte and Joe Brooks and other well know  pioneers, Mac preferred life under the radar screen of fame and  notoriety. From 1956-1963 Mac and his lovely wife Cynthia would spend  every Thursday thru Thru Sunday in Islamorada, most often at the La  Jolla ( Still there today). He fished mainly with the great guide George  Hommel. That's nearly 1000 days of saltwater fly fishing in the days  when hardly anyone even knew the sport existed. Mac was truly one of the  most remarkable men ever to cast a fly rod. Those who knew and loved  him miss him for he touched our lives in special and memorable way. RIP  "Daddy Mac" - I'm sure that he's still fishing........

A Photo Tribute to "Daddy Mac" Miller by Captain Art Schmidt

"DADDY MAC" PHOTO GALLERY

FLY FISHING GUIDE  FOR TARPON, REDFISH, SNOOK, PERMIT, COBIA IN MATLACHA, PINE ISLAND, CAYO COSTA, SANIBEL, CAPTIVA, BOCA GRANDE, CABBAGE KEY, USEPPA ISLAND, NORTH CAPTIVA  ISLAND CLUB, TARPON LODGE, SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT