1st JULY 2017

Linda M. Hotchkiss, an Amityville resident who was a world traveler, dedicated volunteer and avid fly fisherwoman traveled the world, volunteered and died suddenly while she was in Ireland July 1, 2017. She was 52 years old.

Linda was born in Plainview, to Robert and Angela Hotchkiss. She was raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut. At age 14, her family moved to Dix Hills. She attended Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills and received her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. She later received her MBA from Pace University in New York City.

“She loved to travel,” Vena said. Her adventurous spirit resulted in journeys all over the world, including Iceland, Tasmania, Norway, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, where she both fished and tied flies. However, she always returned to her beloved local waters in New England. She particularly loved the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers.

Lindas’ favorite fly to tie was the lesser-known woven fly, and her resurrection of this style brought her as a guest tier to international fly tying shows such as the British Fly Fair International, International Fly Tying Symposium, Irish Fly Fair, Irish International Fly Fair and the Somerset Fly Fishing Show. Linda shared her love of fly fishing and tying as a member of Juliana’s Anglers Sporting Club for 17 years, holding many posts, including club president. Her generosity was demonstrated by the work she did with Casting for Recovery, where she taught fly-fishing for several years and introduced cancer survivors to the sport.

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