Dave Hughes Returns to FR&R

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Book author and celebrated fly-fishing writer Dave Hughes joins Fly Rod & Reel as a columnist, beginning with the magazine’s Summer 2010 issue. In truth, it’s a return to the magazine, as Hughes wrote the “Fly-Fishing Success” column for FR&R in the 1990s and early 2000s. The new column is called “Practical & Useful” and will cover fly-fishing advice and tips of practical value to anglers.

“After eight years wandering in the wilderness, it’s great to be back to my favorite magazine, and to doing my favorite thing: going fishing, coming home, writing about what happened out there,” Hughes says. “It’s a privilege to return to being a part of what I consider the greatest gathering of the finest writers in fly-fishing: they’re thoughtful and brilliant and great fishermen, so they know about what they write about, but above all, they’re all, to me, excellent writers, and the best writers have always been my heroes.” FR&R’s columnists and regular writers include John Gierach, Ted Williams, Chico Fernandez, A. K. Best, Seth Norman, Ted Leeson, Buzz Bryson, Darrel Martin and Greg Thomas, among others.

Anglers interested in reading Hughes’ “Fly Fishing Success” columns should pick up Taking Trout, a compilation published in 2002 by Stackpole Books (www.stackpolebooks.com).

Dave is author of more than 20 books about fly fishing. They include the classic Western Hatches with Rick Hafele, American Fly Tying Manual, Handbook of Hatches, Reading Trout Water, Dry Fly Fishing, Nymph Fishing, and the massive referenceTrout Flies. His latest book, published in 2009, is Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters.

Dave was founding president of Oregon Trout in 1983, and was awarded life membership in the Federation of Flyfishers in 1985. He was awarded the Pete Hidy honorary life membership in the Flyfishers Club of Oregon in 1992 for his literary accomplishments. Dave received the prestigious Letcher Lambuth Angler Craftsman Award in 2008 from the Washington Fly Fishing Club. He is also a life member of his home club, the Rainland Flycasters in Astoria, Oregon.

Born in Astoria, Oregon on the 4th of July, 1945, Dave worked his way through college at jobs specializing in the Three Ds—Dirty, Difficult, and Dangerous: mink ranches, tuna canneries, and shrimp boats. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1967, from Army Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1968. Dave served one-and-a-half years in Viet Nam, 6 months as a communications site commander in the Mekong Delta, and one year as liaison officer to the Commanding General of communications in the Southeast Asia theater.

Dave is an accomplished amateur aquatic entomologist. His hobbies include collecting, identifying, and photographing the aquatic insects that are fed upon by trout, as well as tying and fishing the flies that match those insects and fool those trout. His articles on fly fishing have appeared in Field & Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Outdoor Life, and Sports Afield. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Japanese fly fishing writer Masako Tani, and their daughter Kosumo.

For more about Dave, or to book him for an event, go to www.dave-hughes-fly-fishing.com