RICHARD BEAN, 72
Richard Bean, who parlayed his lifelong love of fly-fishing and the outdoors into a free-lance magazine writing career, died of heart disease and other natural causes in late January, said his wife, Barbara. He was 72.
Bean’s credits included California Fly Fisher, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, and Southwest Fly Fisher, plus a number of conventional tackle magazines, including Aqua-Field Publications, Bassmaster, Bassin’ Magazine, Bass West, Angler, Game & Fish, Black Bass Journal, and California Game & Fish. He was the Warmwater Columnist for California Fly Fisher Magazine.
A native Californian, he was born in Hemet.
While he wrote on a number of subjects including hunting – both big game and upland birds – and all kinds of fishing, he preferred fly-fishing for warm water species. In 2002, his book “Fly Fishing Southern California’s Lakes & Streams” was published by Aguabonita Books; “Fly-Fishing for Bass in the West” was self-published in 2007.