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A.J. McClane remembered

Writer, fly-tier, artist, photographer, explorer — no one in angling history was ever wiser, more resourceful or more visionary.

Updated: April 8, 2002, 12:43 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
CITGO's In Search of Flywater

He was fishing's Renaissance man, his talent flashing like a muskie spoon. He walked past the boundaries of fishing, a leader into the unknown, inventing as he went. Writer, fly-tier, artist, photographer, explorer — no one in angling history was ever wiser, more resourceful or more visionary.

He was my friend.

We fished across the world together, from the virgin shallows of the Abacos where no man before him had wet a flyline, to the wild reefs of New Guinea and the desert ...

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