Alfred W. Miller aka “Sparse Grey Hackle”
Acknowledged as the “Dean of American Fly Fishermen”, Sparse wove his magic amongst those who fished the Catskill rivers as well as anglers from afar who could only dream of the experiences he created with his unique ability to put pen on paper. Fishless Days, Angling Nights, published in 1971 brought together many of his life experiences and has become a hallmark ofwhat the sport of fly fishing is all about. Sparse brought life to the gentle art of angling and his spirit created the common denominator by which all fly fishermen are measured. His wit, factual and fictional embellishments, and historical knowledge would always play into a tale; both short and tall.