GLEN ROSE — Allen Crise, 66, passed away at his home on February 17, 2010 after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Crise was born Jan. 29, 1944, in Highland Park, Mich. He later moved to the Florida Keys, where he met and married his wife, Nola. They moved to Texas in 1979. Crise worked at TXU as an electrician journeyman and troubleshooter from 1982 until his retirement.

He began his own business from his most loved passion, fly fishing. Hawk Ridge Tackle and Fly Casting School has become known worldwide. “Ol’ Al” was a Certified Master Fly-Casting Instructor who taught people all over the world. Many of the people he instructed recently became CCIs and Masters themselves.

Crise also has worked with many groups, such as the Boy Scouts of America (which introduced a merit badge for fly fishing), Project Healing Waters, Casting For Recovery, Reel Recovery, Brazos River Authority and others. In his spare time, he also wrote articles for Rod and Reel magazine, Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, Painted Post Crossroads and Texas Hunting and Fishing News.

Crise’s awards include Man of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Legend of the Southern Council, Don Harger Lifetime Memorial Award and many more.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Nola; children Katherine Carrick, Debbie Becraft and spouse, Jeff, Lori Nicklas and spouse, Roger; and grandchildren Scott Boven and spouse, Kristin, Carla Dubics and spouse, Brian, Zach, Katie and Rosie Nicklas, and Daniel and Brian Becraft. Great-grandchildren are Dakoda Bybee, Lane Boven, Sierra Armstrong, Colten Bunt, Shane Boven, Summer Becraft and Mason Boven (due in May). Also surviving is one loyal fishing dog, Corky.

No services will be held for Crise, for there is no greater memorial than he was given on February 6 at Dinosaur Valley State Park.

In lieu of flowers, it is the family’s wishes that any donations be made to Reel Recovery and Casting For Recovery (fly fishing cancer groups). Please contact Jim Bass at or 682-429-8413 for more information.

Published March 3, 2010

Glen Rose Reporter