WHERE I FISH:Southwestern Vermontand western Massachusetts, primarily (Hoosic, Walloomsac, Green, and Swift rivers, for example); Martha’s Vineyard; eastern Long Island; wherever else I get a chance.
THUMBNAIL BIO:Briefly, I grew up in Illinois, fishing for bass, pike, catfish, and panfish, principally in the Kankakee River. I didn’t take up fly fishing until 1985, when I made a trout and salmon trip to the ScottishHighlandsand Orkney Islands, where I had a chance to fish with the great gillies Stan Headley and Norman Irvine. I was hooked.
After a few years as a professional conservationist/environmentalist with the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth, I spent most of my career as a magazine editor (American Angler and Audubon of primary interest here). While working at Audubon,I decided to take one fishing-trip-of-a-lifetime each year, a habit I kept up for a while even after I left that magazine: Yugoslavia (Croatia’s Gacka and Slovenia’s Krka, Sora, and Sava-Bohinjka rivers as well as Lake Bohinj), Sweden (Morrum and Kaitum rivers), Alaska (Inside Passage, Baranoff Warm Springs, Nushugak River), Quebec’s Whale River, and Russia (several Siberian rivers and the Kola Peninsula’s Varzuga, Varzina, and Kharlovka rivers), as well as many fine destinations in the US: Florida Keys; Missouri’s Meramec and Current rivers, North Fork of the White River, Little Piney Creek, and some private waters; Montana’s Flathead, Madison, and Yellowstone rivers; Pennsylvania’s Letort Spring Run and Yellow Breeches, etc.; New York’s Esopus Creek, Beaver Kill, and Willowemoc and Delaware rivers; Vermont’s Batten Kill and the Lamoille River; Maryland’s Gunpowder Falls, Catoctin Creek, and Patuxent River; Virginia’s Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and some private water; Long Island’s Connetquot and Carmans rivers; California’s Sacramento Delta; as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, etc. I regret never having gotten around to the Southern Hemisphere!
I have written several books (Woolly Wisdom; Traveling with Fly Rod and Reel; Home Waters; Soucie’s Field Guide of Fishing Facts; Hook, Line, & Sinker, and am trying to finish one on Muddler Minnows and similar flies) as well as hundreds of magazine articles. I have published fishing articles in several books edited by others and in such magazines as Atlantic Salmon Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sport Fishing, Long Island Fisherman, New England Fisherman, Salt Water Sportsman, Men’s Journal, Robb Report, Odyssey, Travel & Leisure, etc. Back when I fished for sharks, I even wrote an article on cooking and eating shark for WeightWatchers Magazine.
Now retired, I have given PowerPoint talks over the last couple years to Trout Unlimited chapters and Berkshire County Fly Fishers on things such as basic fly tying, wet flies, and the writing of fishing books, and I may try to do more of this in future as I enjoy it and the feedback from the clubs has been very positive. At present, I am “sort of” working on several other presentations on emergers, Woolly Worms and Buggers, Muddlers, etc.
MY MOTTO:“I never met a fish I didn’t like.”(A brazen paraphrase of Will Rogers.)