Al McClane has been described as an angling innovator, casting engineer, tackle technician, skilled photographer, and world’s foremost fisherman. As Field & Stream’s fishing editor for 30 years, his articles, views, and opinions entertained, informed and educated millions of fishermen. McClane’s Standard Fishing Encyclopedia was just one of fifteen books he authored. His writings are the lessons of a master he had spent a lifetime acquiring knowledge of fish and fishing. Among his fishing pals, the most noted were Dan Bailey, Ray Camp, Harry Darbee, Arnold Gingrich, Bert Lahr, Ted Trueblood and Charles Ritz.