Sylvester Nemes died at home, Thursday February 3, 2011
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle obituarary can be read here at http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/sports/outdoors/article_76f993c2-3612-11e0-a85d-001cc4c03286.html
The following text was written circa 2008:
I mentioned to Sylvester--at a fly tying demo at the Bozeman Angler--that his flies had made a huge impact on Montana fly shops: there were soft hackle wet flies for sale in every store in the state. "But most of the soft hackles you find in the stores are beadheads," I pointed out. "Do you ever tie your flies as beadheads?" I asked.
Sylvester grinned mischievously and--while peering at me over top his half-lens glasses--turned the question around by asking: "Why don't you just get a spinning rod?"
I also noticed he fastened every hackle feather by its tip, rather than the stem. That makes the winding easier. Sylvester talked a lot about the importance of color while tying. What might at first glance look like minor dubbing variations, for instance, often represent different flies to Sylvester: flies with different names and different targets spots to fish them in. Sylvester Nemes sure does make a nice-looking wet fly.