Two former South Dakotans will be inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Sioux Falls 50th Sioux Empire Annual Sportsmen’s Show.
Gary Howey, Hartington, Nebraska, a 2017 inductee, and Larry Myhre, Sioux City, a 2016 inductee, will be introduced at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the Seminar Stage at the Sioux Falls Arena. Professional walleye angler and Fishing Hall of Famer Ted Takasaki will conduct the ceremony.
Howey, originally from Watertown, South Dakota, and a Vietnam veteran, has been an outdoor communicator since 1980, when he began production of The Northeast Nebraska Outdoorsmen newspaper. He sold the publication in 1995 when he created the Outdoorsmen Adventures television series, which airs throughout the year in seven upper Midwestern states.
He has written a syndicated Of the Outdoors column since 1980 for newspapers and magazines.
In 1990, he developed Outdoorsmen Productions, an outdoor-related promotional company.
In 2009, he produced the first of his Outdoor Adventures radio shows, which he co-hosts. The show airs six days a week in southeast South Dakota, northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa.
A former hunting and fishing guide, Howey has given fishing seminars in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
Over the years Howey has won several local, state and national awards for his print, radio and television work.
Myhre, originally from Worthing, South Dakota, has been writing about the outdoors since 1966. A journalism graduate of the University of South Dakota, he began at the Sioux City Journal in 1966 as a reporter and retired as editor in 2007 after 18 years at that position.
He wrote an outdoors column for the Journal for 44 years. For the past 20 years he has been affiliated with Gary Howey’s Outdoorsmen Adventures television show as co-host and cameraman.
Over the years, Myhre has given fishing seminars throughout Siouxland. He promotes fishing on radio and television and serves as a spokesman for many local fishing events. As part of the Journal's speaking bureau, Myhre has given over 200 fishing presentations to Sioux City and area service clubs.
He taught a fishing class for nearly 15 years as part of Western Iowa Tech Community College adult education program in Sioux City. He has also taught private classes on fly tying, tackle making, river fishing and other fishing topics.
As a bamboo rod maker, he has promoted the sport of fly fishing with traditional tackle through his writings in print and online.