Writers on the Fly #5 | June 11, 2015

Featured Readers

Chris Santella Chris Santella is the author of 17 books, including Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die, Why I Fly Fish and The Tug is the Drug.  He’s a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Trout, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake and Fly Rod & Reel.  Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die has been made into a TV series of the same name, showing on World Fishing Network.  Santella is part of a fly fishing-inspired band, Catch & Release, based in Portland.

 Sam Lungren Sam Lungren grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, where he developed a love for outdoor adventures and an ambition to write about them. After a youth filled with steelheading and duck hunting he went to Gonzaga University to study journalism. His senior thesis story about the historic Elwha River dam removal project led him straight into graduate school at the University of Montana. He wrote and photographed another thesis about the controversial use of salmon and steelhead hatcheries and graduated with an M.A. in environmental journalism and natural resource science. While attending UM, he worked for Bugle Magazine at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He put in four summers on a commercial salmon boat in Prince William Sound, Alaska to pay for all that college. His writing and photography have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Drake, The Fly Fish Journal, Montana Headwall, Mountain Magazine, Mountain Outlaw, Bugle and Stonefly Magazines. As a team member of Montana Wild Productions, he helped film and fish the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) official selection “Bucknasty Browns” last summer. He currently lives in Missoula, MT and is the editor of Backcountry Journal, magazine of the national conservation nonprofit Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

 Catie Webster | "I grew up with the nickname 'Bug' so I guess that I was doomed to fish. I’m originally from the lowcountry of South Carolina, but grew up in South Florida chasing tarpon in the winter and trout out in Montana in the summer. I was lucky to grow up in a fishing family, but took some time off of the water to do things like 'go to college.' I spent about a decade in Boulder - working on my master’s degree and eventually using that education to return to the outdoor industry and live out of my car chasing snow and trout. 

I've recently relocated to Seattle from Bozeman to work with Sage, and I'm excited to explore new water and this thing called 'steelheading.'"


Featured Artists

Photo: Dave McCoy

Photo: Dave McCoy

Emerald Water Anglers Guide Staff Photography | With work from:

  • Alex Collier
  • Abbie Schuster
  • Dave McCoy
  • Reid Curry





Featured Non-profit

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