Fly fishing author at Trout Unlimited

Jan 31, 2017
James R. Babb

Rockport — The George’s River chapter of Trout Unlimited will present an evening of readings with James R. Babb, lifelong angler, celebrated fly fishing author and editor emeritus of Gray’s Sporting Journal, Monday, Feb. 13, at Flatbread Company, 399 Commercial St./Route 1.

Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds. Chapter meetings are held the second Monday of the month, October through May, at Flatbread Company. Meetings start at 6 p.m. with an informal gathering for those who wish to converse and enjoy a casual meal. The featured presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Babb will read from his most recent book, “Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep,” which goes fly-fishing from Searsport to Scotland, from Portage to Patagonia and pretty much everywhere in between. Babb was born and raised a fly-fisherman in the East Tennessee hills and moved to Waldo County in 1972.

He has worked variously as a truck driver, 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, Babb began writing the angling column for Gray’s Sporting Journal and, in 1997, became Gray’s editor. He retired in 2016 … having found work interferes with fishing.

Library Journal called his first book, “Crosscurrents,” the best fly fishing book of the year, and 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 ranked him with some of the best nature-writers in print. Booklist said his third book, “Fly-Fishin’ Fool,” “brings an Algonquin Round-table like camaraderie” to his friends and their fishing trips.

George’s River TU chapter conducts a raffle directly following each month’s speaker. Membership is open to all, and the George’s River chapter welcomes individuals from Midcoast and Downeast Maine. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the chapter on Facebook, online at georgesrivertu.org or contact Carmen Bombeke at 542-1502.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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