Hall of Fame

Tom McGuane

Tom McGuane is one of America’s most distinguished essayists and writers, who has written extensively on fly fising.  As Nick Lyons has written,  McGuane “along with his great novels and stories and films has written, with dazzling skill, much about what he calls his ‘life’ in fishing…. He does it in what has become a major body of work about fly fishing—parts of An Outside Chance, all of Live Water and The Longest Silence. He is, as all of the best writers must be, a man on whom nothing is lost.”

Tom is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and The New Yorker. He has also written and produced such films as The Missouri Breaks and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Among McGuane’s awards and recognitions are the Western Literature Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Northwest Booksellers’ Award, selection as a finalist for the National Book Award, the Roderick Haig Brown Award from the Fly Fishing Federation and the Landowners’ Conservation Award from Trout Unlimited.  His work 92 in the Shade was nominated for a National Book Award. In 2010, McGuane was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Today, Tom actively helps the Tarpon & Bonefish Trust by raising funds and promoting awareness of its science-based research efforts through such television shows as Buccaneer & Bones, currently in its third season of production.

McGuane has been in the ranching business for over 40 years.  He is a member of the Cutting Horse Hall of Fame.  He and his wife Laurie live in Southwest Montana where McGuane has lived since 1968.  They have four children and five grandchildren, all living in Montana.  It comes as no surprise that his lifelong passion is fishing, especially as it involves his beloved western landscapes

Samantha Mango