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Honor Jon Zukowski’s memory

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As many of you know we lost Jonny Z recently to a tragic accident on the river. The tragedy has inspired us to carry on Jons business and legacy in the biggest ways we possibly can. Help us keep his memory alive. Funds raised from this will help with memorial service, donations in his honor to organizations that were important to him, and making sure that his business**, Mountain High Fly, where we love to believe his soul resides will carry on to be as successful as it can be. Below is a synopsis of what happened:

Mid afternoon on April 6, tragedy struck the the New Hampshire fly fishing community. Three friends from New Hampshire took a raft out for some early spring fishing. Sadly, one didn’t come home. 

While fishing from an island, their anchored and unoccupied raft kicked loose and started to drift away, likely due to rising water. One of the anglers, Jonathan Zukowski,of Mountain High Fly in Lincoln, New Hampshire, entered the water to try to retrieve it.

Jonathan lost his footing and got caught in the current and pushed downriver. The others tried to throw him a lifejacket, but he was not able to reach it. Forty-eight hours after he was last seen, Jonathan has still not been found.

One life was lost, two were forever changed, and countless friends and family must now deal with the unspeakable tragedy of young man lost in the prime of his life. Our hearts go out to everyone involved, especially the Zukowski family, his girlfriend Laura, and Jon’s closest friends.

If there is any consolation in this horrific loss, it is that Jonathan passed away doing what he loved most, and where he most loved to do it…

We appreciate the unbelievable outpouring of support and condolences from people far and wide. It’s amazing to see just how big this community is, and how many people from all walks of life that Jonny left his mark on. We know we have big shoes to fill, but the time to start is now.

Update 7/30/22
Disclosure: Jonathan Zukowski was the name and face behind Mountain High Fly. He was the driving force, primary employee, the one who decided what the shop would and would not sell, and how things would be done. Jonathan was not however the legal “owner,” I was, as my name was on the LLC. I spent 13 years as Jonathan’s girlfriend, and supported the business in any way I could, including covering shifts at the store, handling finances and other administration. I am working to maintain Mountain High Fly, because I want to keep Jonathan’s memory and hard work alive. If you feel that you were misled by any statement implying that Jonathan was the legal owner,I will gladly refund your money. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.The spending of money donated to the Go Fund Me is being tracked, and can be found on our website It will be updated as future spending occurs. If there are any questions, I can be reached at [email redacted] -Laura Pinkham


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    • $1,000 
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    • $150 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $1,000 
    • 2 yrs
  • Philip Mayo
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs
  • Andrew & Michelle Lusignan
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs


Laura Pinkham
Lincoln, NH

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