Flyfishing expert dies

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A well-known Alaska flyfishing expert has died.

Tony Route died Tuesday at Providence hospital in Anchorage after collapsing, due to a seizure. He was 42.

Route, who lived in Anchorage, was best known for his instructional books on flyfishing, including ''Flyfishing Alaska'' and ''Flies for Alaska.''

He had also written numerous articles on the sport. Route, 42, also served as an instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Bob Churchill, president of Alaska Flyfishers, says Route will be remembered as an excellent teacher and caring outdoorsman.

''He was one of those people who was really engaging to listen to. He would delight in sitting around the campfire and telling stories,'' Churchill told KIMO TV.

Route leaves behind an estranged wife and two children.

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