Peter Kaminsky

Fly Fisher, Author, Writer, TV Creator/Producer

Peter Kaminsky is one of America’s leading angling journalists and authors. His Outdoors column has appeared in the New York Times for thirty-five years. A recipient of the C.F. Orvis Outdoor Writing Award, Kaminsky has been a contributing editor at Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Outdoor Life and was managing editor of National Lampoon. His angling writing has also appeared in Fly Fisherman, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian Magazine, GQ, The Field, and Anglers Journal. Among his books are The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass, American Waters, The Flyfisherman’s Guide to the Meaning of Life, Fishing for Dummies, and Flyfishing for Dummies. As avid a cook as he is a fisherman, he’s written eighteen cookbooks, including three with Francis Mallmann. His television credits include creator and executive producer of The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Catch of a Lifetime

Award-winning writer Peter Kaminsky in his book, The Catch of a Lifetime presents the moving first-person stories of more than seventy anglers recounting their catch of a lifetime. The stories are from all over the world and from well-known writers, artists, sportspeople, and others who’ve made flyfishing their passion. Join us to hear Peter share these people's most memorable tales.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • How did you get started writing?
  • What inspired you to write your book The Catch of a Lifetime?
  • How did you select the fly fishers and their stories?
  • Who were some of the fly fishers you selected?
  • What constitutes the catch of a lifetime?
  • Were there any stories that deeply resonated with you?
  • What was one of your most memorable experiences that you included in the book?
  • What were the common themes you used to organize the stories?
  • What do you hope readers will take away from these fishing tales?
  • What were the challenges you faced while gathering the stories?
  • With the popularity of stories presented through video and audio is there still a place for the written word?
  • What role does fishing play in environment awareness and conservation?
  • What was the most challenging part of writing and compiling The Catch of a Lifetime?
  • Can you share a few stories from your book?


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