2003 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Fiction Award

2003 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Fiction Award

The winner of this year's Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Fiction Award is Keith McCafferty, for his story Autumn Hope. McCafferty's piece was chosen from among

The winner of this year's Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Fiction Award is Keith McCafferty, for his story Autumn Hope. McCafferty's piece was chosen from among more than 150 stories entered in fly-fishing's most prestigious annual fiction contest. McCafferty-our seventh Fiction Award winner since 1995-lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is a contributing editor to Field& Stream Magazine. He is currently working on a collection of hunting and fishing stories as well as a mystery novel.

The Traver Award panel also chose to name a runner-up in the 2003 competition. That honor goes to Lyman Yee, of Portland, Oregon, for his story The Headlock Manifesto. FR&R plans to publish The Headlock Manifesto in a 2004 issue of the magazine.

Keith McCafferty's $2,500 prize for Autumn Hope comes courtesy of the John D. Voelker Foundation, the organization that honors Voelker's memory. Under the pen name of Robert Traver, Voelker-a Michigan judge, passionate angler and highly successful author-penned a canon of books that includes Anatomy of a Murder; Trout Madness, Trout Magic, Laughing Whitefish; Anatomy of a Fisherman; and Traver on Fishing (posthumous). For information on purchasing special signed, limited editions of Robert Traver's books, or to find out more about the Voelker Foundation and its good works, which include a scholarship program for Native Americans, contact the Foundation at PO Box 15222, Lansing, MI 48901-5222; 517-377-0716; www.voelkerfdn.org

This year's Traver Award panel included Nick Lyons; the Voelker Foundation's Richard Vander Veen; FR&R's Ted Leeson and Seth Norman; and last year's winner, Richard Chiappone. Our thanks to all of them for their hard work and their dedication to the cause of angling literature.