The Fly Tapes Podcast

This summer, my friend Jason Rolfe (who organizes the Writers On The Fly events) came out to the house and we spent a few hours talking. Somehow, through great questions–and skillful editing–he turned our conversation into the inaugural episode of The Fly Tapes podcast. Of course, I still cringe a bit when listening to myself, but it was a fun talk and I’m honored to kick off The Fly Tapes series. You can listen HERE or download it for free at the iTunes store. Hope you like it. And Jason, now we just need to go fish without the microphones!

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Writers On The Fly: Portland

Photo: Danielle Dorsch

After two book tours and countless other talks and readings, I can say without reservation that Wednesday night was one of those times when it all comes together. Great crew of readers on top of their game, engaged audience, beautiful venue, fun people to hang with, and high spirits. And beer. It was an honor, and my good luck, to be a part of it.

From left, that’s Jason Rolfe (WOTF instigator and MC), Kate Taylor, Cameron Scott, me, Cameron Chambers, Copi Vojta (WOTF photo exhibit curator), and Steve Duda. Kate did a beautiful reading of her story, “The Road Goes On Forever”, Scott gave me goosebumps with “Scout Captions” and other poems from The Book of Cold Mountain, Chambers made us all laugh with a new story about getting lost and excerpts from his book Chasing Rumor, and Duda had us laughing and crying with his heartfelt story about cliff swallows and an ode to all the flies dangling from the dashboard of his truck.

I drove home exhausted, voiceless (literally) and, for the first time in quite a while, inspired to get back to work on my novel. A huge and heartfelt thank you to Rolfe for inviting me to read, to everyone who was there to make it a fantastic night, and to tour sponsors Patagonia and The Flyfish Journal. Note: The WOTF Cascadia Tour continues–without me–tonight in Bellingham and tomorrow in Vancouver, BC. Wish I could be there.


Writers On The Fly Events

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Check it out: Based on the fantastic response to Writers On The Fly events in Seattle, Jason Rolfe, the man behind WOTF, is taking the show on the road. And I’m lucky enough to be a part of two of the shows. In Portland, November 2nd (Patagonia Portland, 7:00pm), I will read with Cameron Scott, Cameron Chambers, Steve Duda and my great friend–and fellow Patagonia ambassador–Kate Taylor. In Seattle, November 3rd (Emerald Water Anglers, 7:00pm), with Langdon Cook, Steve Duda, Cameron Chambers and Michael Doherty.

The tour supports local conservation organizations and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun. Post-event antics to follow as well, I’m sure. Details on the poster above or on the web HERE.

Come on out, listen to some stories, drink beer and hang. Kind of like fish camp, only indoors. Sounds like a pretty awesome evening to me.


Fish Story Reading

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After all the book events and fish conservation talks, I’m really looking forward to a reading of pure fish stories. Nothing to sell, no politics, just some of my favorite tales I’ve written but never before read aloud. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m honored to be joined by fellow fishing writers Kate Taylor and Alex Collier. Did I mention there’s going to be beer? Come on out, listen to  some fish stories and shoot the breeze.

Details: 7:00pm Thursday, February 12th, Emerald Water Anglers in the West Seattle Junction. 4502 42nd Avenue SW, West Seattle. 206.708.7250

Emerald Waters will also have copies of Closer to the Ground for sale, and of course, I will be more than happy to sign or inscribe. Wait, didn’t I just say I wasn’t selling anything?