Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers

The speaker for our April 5th meeting is James R. Babb.  Jim was born and raised a fly-fisherman in the East Tennessee hills and moved to Maine in 1972 after reading too much Thoreau. He has worked variously as a truck driver, commercial lobster fisherman, newspaper reporter, magazine columnist, and an editor of seafaring and outdoors books for McGraw-Hill, W.W. Norton, and The Lyons Press. In 1995 he began writing the angling column for Gray’s Sporting Journal, and in 1997 became Gray’s editor. He retired in 2016, having found that Work interferes with Fishing.  Jim is a humorist and will keep you in stitches as he talks about his fly fishing misadventures

Library Journal called his first book, Crosscurrents, “the best fly fishing book of the year.” The British Wild Trout Trust named it to their Top 100 fly-fishing books of the 20th century. Publisher’s Weekly wrote that his second book, River Music, “positions Babb as fly fishing’s tastefully restrained counterpart to Dave Barry.” Kirkus Reviews wrote that, “His ability to evoke the woodlands of Maine in May—the movements of the animals, the quality of the air, the clear song of the white-throated sparrow—ranks him with some of the best nature-writers in print.” Booklist says his third book, Fly-Fishin’ Fool, “brings an Algonquin Round-table like camaraderie” to his friends and their fishing trips.

His most recent book, Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep, goes fly-fishing from British Columbia to Scotland, Arctic Quebec to Patagonia and pretty much everywhere in between.

He lives with his wife, three cats, four chickens, and nine ducks in a home-made house in Searsport, Maine, with a trout stream in the backyard and Penobscot Bay a fifteen-minute walk away. He is currently beavering away on his first novel, The Duchess of Maine, set in Penobscot Bay between 1800 and 1815.

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Our Next Monthly Meeting


April 5, 2018

Where: Boone Links Clubhouse
      19 Clubhouse Dr.
          Florence, KY 41042

           (Get Directions HERE )
(The meeting starts at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30, presentation at 7:30 and a general raffle afterwards.)