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Tony Bean is a smallmouth bass expert who wrote "Tony Bean’s Smallmouth Guide" in 1989, and soon after became a Diawa field staff member and eventually a national team member. He helped with the design of Diawa's first smallmouth bass rod, and the rod was named after him.
He contributed to North American Fisherman's book, "Smallmouth Strategies," and The Hunting and Fishing Library's books on smallmouth bass, "Fishing Update," and "Secrets of the Fishing Pros."
He was a fishing guide on Percy Priest Lake outside of Nashville, and says, "This was a great time in my life. I guided country music stars like porter Waggoner and Jerry Reed who became a good friends and fishing buddies along with John Anderson and others."
He has also given lectures and seminars all over the country (except Alaska) for the past 26 years. He's known as the "Grub and Fly Man." Tony says, "I like doing the talks more than any other thing. If I had the choice between fishing for the rest of my life or doing lectures and talking with people - I would without question take the talking. I love it when people say, 'I was at the last talk you did and I caught my biggest smallmouth using one of your techniques.' That’s when all of the work I’ve done feels worthwhile."
Tony also did a TV show called "Tony Bean's Smallmouth America." It was on channel 5 in Nashville and was dedicated to bass fishing. "It was entertaining and full of information on how, when and where to catch smallmouth bass," Tony says.
"I took a break from fishing and public life for a few years, but I'm back and ready to fish again," Tony says. "I'm working on a very exciting project right now - what I hope will be the definitive book on smallmouth bass fishing. I'll be posting updates as the project progresses and I'll be giving lots of hints and information about smallmouth bass fishing and fishing in general."