Hall of Fame

Art Lee

An observer, inquisitor, essayist, teacher, author and piscator, is a complete angler. Nobody likes a know-it-all, but everyone loves a great coach. For over 40 years, Art explained the ins-and-outs of fishing a dry fly more effectively on Catskill trout streams than anyone else. He shared the secrets of fishing the riffling hitch for salmon. His common sense articles written when ”Editor at Large” of Fly Fisherman Magazine were delightfully composed to be informative for every angler. Art continues to write articles and in particular for the Atlantic Salmon Journal where he has written more consecutive articles than any other fishing writer in any other magazine.

In a review of Art’s book, Fishing Dry Flies for Trout on Rivers and Streams, Gray’s Sporting Journal said, “It is said that, back in the ‘40s and 50s, if an angler had one book on trout, it would be Ray Bergman’s Trout. This book is–shoot me if you want–a better written, more sophisticated book.” High praise indeed, and yes, good old Izaak Walton would have indeed liked Art Lee.

Samantha Mango