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Remembering Fly Fishing Hall of Famer Billy Pate

By April 25, 2011

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For the third time in as many months, I have the unfortunate job of writing about the death of another legend of fly fishing.

Hall of fame saltwater angler Billy Pate, who held the world record for largest tarpon caught on 16-pount tippet, died April 18. He was 81. Pate was inducted into the International Game Fish Associate Hall of Fame in 2003.

His death comes on the heels of two more losses in the fly fishing community this year.

Back in February, we reported that legendary California fly fishing instructor and naturalist Neal Taylor passed away.

Then, in late March, legendary reel maker Stanley Bogdan died at the age of 92. Bogdan made reels for outdoors enthusiasts such as Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, singer Bing Crosby and jazz legend Benny Goodman.

All of these losses are a reminder to cherish the generation of fly fishers before us, and learn everything we can from them ... both now and after they're gone thanks to the legacy they've left behind. Let's keep our lines tight for them.

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