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Fishing expert LaFontaine, 56, dies

6/15/2005

DEER LODGE, Mont. — Gary LaFontaine, an author and publisher whose books about flyfishing are standards in the field, has died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

LaFontaine, 56, died Jan. 4.

He was born and raised in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from the University of Montana. An avid fisherman, LaFontaine turned his passions into a business, producing a series of books about flyfishing techniques and tying flies, and selling a line of fly patterns.

Among his books were "Caddisflies," "The Dry Fly," "Trout Flies: Proven Patterns" and "The Dry Fly: New Angles."