Martin J. Keane
Recognized as the nation’s leading rod authority. His book, Classic Rods and Rodmakers, first published in 1976, provided the fly fishing community with the first historical compilation of the rodmakers, their rods, and how to recognize them. This book initiated a new appreciation for the craft of rod making, a starting point for further investigation and discovery, and is an indispensable tool for every collector. With this new understanding of the craft, a higher level of rod collecting and collecting of angling paraphernalia was founded. Collecting has become a most important part of the fly fishing community and spurred a keen interest in the preservation of fly fishing history. ‘Marty’ remains as one of the most respected collectors and authorities on fly fishing equipment.