Steve Ramirez

Fly Fisher, Naturalist, Author

Steve Ramirez is an outdoor and conservation author who lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country. Steve’s first book, Casting Forward - Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country (Lyons Press) has received critical acclaim and is in its third hardcover printing. His work has appeared in various journals, including Fly Fisherman Magazine, Trout Magazine, The Flyfish Journal, American Angler, Hallowed Waters Journal, Tail Magazine, Texas Sporting Journal, Explore Magazine, Under Wild Skies, Cutthroat: Journal of the Arts, The Houston Literary Review, and many more.
Steve serves as the Ambassador for Texas for the American Museum of Fly-Fishing, is a Life Member of Trout Unlimited, and is a contributing member of the Nature Conservancy, Audubon, and the Native Fish Coalition.

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Casting Forward, Onward, and Seaward

Steve Ramirez is a fly fisher, writer, educator, master naturalist, philosopher, and outdoor adventurer. He's traveled four continents writing about fishing, landscapes, human cultures, and the natural world. He's written for many of the major periodicals and is publishing his latest book Casting Seaward. This book is the third in a book series that started with Casting Forward and was followed by Casting Onward. Join us and hear Steve's thoughts on fly fishing, conservation, restoration, and his hopes for the future of planet earth.

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

  • When did you start writing?
  • What effect do your previous careers have on your writing today?
  • What do you use fly fishing as the basis for your stories?
  • What are your books about and what effect do you hope they'll have on your readers?
  • Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
  • Do you make notes during a trip and then write about it later?
  • How do you think your writing will help the natural world?
  • Where and when do you write?
  • In all your travels what was the most challenging species, you fished for?
  • Of all the places you've traveled and fished, what is the most memorable?
  • What can we do as fly fishers to help combat global warming?
  • As humans are we working to conserve, preserve, or destroy our natural world?
  • Do you think the world would be better off without humans?
  • Do you think we can reverse the current trends that adversely affect our environment?

Casting Seaward

Steve Ramirez has been traveling thousands of miles in pursuit of native gamefish in salt and brackish water habitats. Join us as Steve tells his stories of adventures in the salt that weave fish, people, and nature together and how humanity impacts the world in many ways.

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

  • What made you look seaward for your latest book?
  • What is Casting Seaward about?
  • How did you pick the places and people you want to fish with?
  • Do you make notes on site (or en plen aire) or does the writing come from recollections at a later date?
  • How do you view your purposeful work in writing about our natural world along with your personal journey?
  • What as the most exciting experience you had?
  • What experience was the most challenging?
  • What species was the hardest to target?
  • What experience did you learn the most about fishing?
  • Which experience did have that helped you to grow the most personally?
  • How do you think the coastal waters are doing?
  • What factors are at issue with managing the striped bass and bluefish fisheries on the east coast?
  • What can we do as fly fishers to help conserve and preserve?

As a certified Master Naturalist, Steve is passionately involved in promoting the restoration and conservation of the watersheds, rivers, canyons, forests, deserts, wetlands, grasslands, and shorelines of North America and beyond. He is an avid hiker and world adventure traveler who has explored four continents but who always seems to return home to the spring fed Hill Country streams of Texas. Steve lives near Comfort, Texas.


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