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.
By now you've probably heard that on Tuesday, January 29, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed certain coastal waters to fishing in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by drought. CDFW is also recommending that the Fish and Game Commission adopt emergency regulations on other rivers. The lower American River downstream of Nimbus Dam is one of these other rivers currently under severe angling pressure. Chinook salmon redds built in the last few months have been dewatered; the eggs and fry from those redds will surely die. Additional deaths will result from inattentive wading on redds that are now exposed to shallow water. Endangered Central Valley Steelhead are moving into the river and will suffer, as well.