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Bob Bates: he filled in for a cast of thousands


Bob Bates of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club, the senior volunteer guide for tours through the Spokane Fish Hatchery, uses samples to explain the development of trout eggs. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Bob Bates of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club, the senior volunteer guide for tours through the Spokane Fish Hatchery, uses samples to explain the development of trout eggs. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

FLY FISHING -- Bob Bates, 83, passed away Wednesday, a week after he was at the monthly Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club meeting as curious as ever about the sport.

A great guy in every way, Bob was always volunteering and giving his talents and services to others, from his days as the Mt. Spokane Ski School director to his promotion of fly tying craft.

Bob devoted years to teaching students about fisheries by volunteering to run the public tours at the Spokane Fish Hatchery.

Click here to read about just one of many fisheries-related services Bob enjoyed.

He made the world a better place.




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