Edward Ringwood Hewitt (1867 - 1957)

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Birthplace: Ringwood, Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Edward Ringwood Hewitt

Born June 20th 1866 into a wealthy family, the young Edward spent his summer childhood years fishing on the family's Ringwood Manor estate in Ringwood, NJ.

Few fisherman were ever so favored by fortune as was Edward R. Hewitt. He was the creator of such flies as the Neversink Skater and the Bi-Visible.

He is the original patent holder of the felt-sole wading shoe and other inovations.

By age 26, Hewitt had already fished throughout Europe, Canada, and the American West. In 1918, after Hewitt purchased 2700 acres in the Catskill mountains of New York State which included four and a half miles of the Neversink river, Hewitt established his fishing camp, which in later years would become to be known as the "Big Bend Club". A pioneer in stream reconstruction and habitat improvement for trout. He owned and operated his own trout hatchery. He was the author of such books as "Better Trout Streams", "Telling on the Trout" -published in 1926, "Hewitt's Handbook of Fly Fishing" -published 1933, "Nymph fly fishing" -published 1934, and "A Trout and Salmon fisherman for 75 years" -published 1948.

The Neversink reservoir now sits atop half of his former holdings.

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Son of the late Louise Schieffelin Hewitt and Abram Stevens Hewitt; great-greatgrandson of New York philanthropist Peter Cooper. He was a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Texas and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

He was a geologist in the fields of oil, gas and mining, and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He served for many years as a trustee of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He also served on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown, CT.

He was survived by his wife, Sigrid Nauen Hewitt; his children, Luisa Hewitt Prichard, Andrew Hewitt, Catherine Hewitt (Paul Parcellin), James Hewitt (Susan) and Peter Hewitt (Deborah); his grandchildren, David Prichard, Rachel Prichard, Sarah Hewitt Lueck (Benjamin), Stephen Hewitt, Michael Hewitt and John Hewitt

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Edward Ringwood Hewitt's Timeline

1867
June 20, 1867
Ringwood, Passaic, New Jersey, United States
1902
January 27, 1902
Age 34
Hempstead, Nassau, New York, United States
1957
February 14, 1957
Age 89
New York, New York, United States