Casting about: Writer, angler to speak of his fishing adventures

Multi-talented fishing author and guide Kirk Deeter of Pine will talk about “Fishing Off the Grid” as the featured guest at the 14th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition on March 30–31. Here, Deeter fishes a remote steam in the Alpine Triangle of southwest Colorado.



WHAT: 14th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition titled “Fly Fishing – A Life Time Adventure.”

WHEN: March 30 — Guided tours and fly fishing film at Mesa Theater and Club. March 31 — Free activities 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with youth and adult fly tiers, casting instruction and contests, hourly programs and seminars, silent auctions, vendors and equipment demos. Banquet, featured speaker and auction from 5:30–9 p.m. March 31.

WHERE: March 30 — Free guided tours of Ross Reels and Scott Fly Rods, both in Montrose; fishing film at Mesa Theater and Club (doors open 6:30 p.m.; tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door). March 31 — All other events at DoubleTree Hotel.

HOW: Banquet and film tickets at Western Anglers Fly Shop, 413 Main St., or Pat and Carol Oglesby, 434-3912 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or Steve McCall, 970-210-7914 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

INFORMATION: Fly-fishing film details at

Fishing author Kirk Deeter’s personal flybox most likely is titled “writers who fish.”

Which, the Pine resident is quick to point out, is way different than the much larger (and not nearly as interesting) over-stuffed box of “fishermen who write.”

That fragment of Deeter’s autobiography was gleaned from one of the columns he writes for the online fly-fishing magazine MidCurrent, in which he was trying to explain how this one-time struggling fishing writer has become one of the better-known and in-demand names in the business.

Deeter may explain the road to fame when he’s the featured speaker at the 14th annual Western Colorado Fly Fishing Exposition set for March 30–31 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

He will give the keynote address, “Flyfishing off the Grid,” a look at some his adventures in more-remote areas, at the expo’s banquet and live auction March 31.

Tickets for the banquet are available only in advance through Monday at Western Anglers Fly Shop, 413 Main St.

Deeter credits the late Charlie Meyers, the longtime outdoors writer and editor for The Denver Post, as one of his most-important mentors.

Deeter’s latest book, “The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing,” was co-authored with Meyers.

It was Meyers, Deeter relates in one of his columns, who reminded the still-developing Deeter that “you aren’t a professional unless you get paid.”

And as Deeter soon learned, you won’t get paid unless you can write from the heart, not from a book.

One particular column of Deeter’s, from which the above “writers who fish” remark came, was subtitled “Roll the Miles.”

Deeter explains this as meaning “in this world of fly fishing, there really is no substitute for having actually seen and done things.”

You can read that particular column at

Deeter certainly has done and seen, his wide-ranging career taking him from the tea-brown waters of Alaskan tundra to the crystalline streams of the Chilean Andes and from the bluewater flats off the sun-baked beaches of Belize to New England’s rocky coasts.

When he’s not traveling and taking notes, Deeter is deeply involved in the trade side of the fly fishing world. In addition to his column for, he recently was named editor at TROUT magazine, the primary publication for Trout Unlimited.

Additionally, he’s an editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine, writes the FlyTalk blog at and is co-publisher of Angling Trade magazine.

He also is featured in one of the movies compiled for the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which makes its only appearance in Grand Junction on March 30 at the Mesa Theater. 

His TV appearances include programs such as “Cabela’s Outfitter Journal” and Barrett Productions’ “Fly Fishing America” (VS Television).

But the key to success, Deeter says, is as compact as a fly line on a Ross reel.

“Ultimately, the stories have very little to do with fish,” he said, “and everything to do with the people you went fishing with and the places where the adventures happen.”

The all-day expo on March 31 features more than 50 flytiers sharing their craft along with fly-tying demonstrations, free casting instruction and fishing seminars. Special programs for women and youths also are planned.

All events except for the movie and the March 31 evening banquet are free.


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