Passing of Gord Deval: 1930-2019


It’s a sad day for the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association as we mourn the passing of our founder and President Gord Deval at the age of 89 on March 10, 2019

Gord was a Canadian casting legend. Collectively, he held over 100 national and international records, including several word records over the course of his six decade career in distance casting. He also won the North American All-round Senior Championship 14 times.

He served as the President of the Ontario Fly and Bait Casting Association in the 1950 and was founder and president of the Canadian Casting Association.

In the early 1980’s, Gord founded the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association, which continues today as one of the GTA’s premier community-based fishing clubs.


Brookies, Browns and Bows…the ultimate Canadian trout fishing guide

Known to his fishing buddies as “The Old Guy,” Gord chronicled his fishing adventures and misadventures in numerous books, including “Brookies, Browns and Bows,” Memories of Magical Waters” and “Fishing Hats.” Acclaimed Canadian author Paul Quarrington added to the Deval legend in his autobiographical book, “Fishing With My Old Guy”.

In 2008, Gord suffered a series of strokes that slowed down his fishing and his writing, but not his passion for promoting the sport of angling.

Until just a few years ago, Gord continued to operate the Scarborough Fly and Bait Casting Association from his home, guiding members in the art of tying flies and building split cane bamboo rods.

In 2009, he was honoured for his achievements with a star, on Scarborough’s Walk of Fame (other inductees that year included TV star Marilyn Dennis and soccer ace Dwayne De Rosario).


Gord Deval at his 2009 induction into the Scarborough Walk of Fame




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1 Response to Passing of Gord Deval: 1930-2019

  1. geoffsfbca says:

    A more patient or generous fishing buddy you could not find. Gord was happiest when other people were catching fish. He could point to a spot, show you where to cast and more often than not you’d come up with a nice Rainbow or Brookie…just don’t get him talking on the subject of barrel swivels. He hated them (see entire chapter on the subject in Brookies, Browns and Bows).


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