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Norm Zeigler is an internationally known author and journalist. For fifteen years he worked for European Stars and Stripes — the newspaper for Americans in Europe – first as a copy editor on the news desk and later as travel/outdoor writer. His previous books — Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun: A Fly Fisher’s European Journal and Snook on a Fly — remain popular. Other publications in which Norm’s work has appeared include The New York Times, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, Northwest Fly Fishing, Art of Angling Journal, Sporting Tales Journal, Der Fliegenfischer and Florida Sportsman. Norm grew up amid the scrub pine woods, marshes, beaches, estuaries, and kettlehole ponds of Cape Cod. He received an AB in English, with a minor in biology, from Clark University. He speaks and writes German and has a private pilot’s license. Norm and his family divide their time between Sanibel Island, Florida, and Dillon, Montana.
Advance Praise for Famous Fly Fishers. To some, fly fishing is a way of life defined by a job in the fly-fishing industry, or by a vocation allowing for maximum fishing time. But for others, fly-fishing is a way in life to escape an otherwise demanding career. In Famous Fly Fishers, author, fly shop owner, and avid fly angler Norm Zeigler interviews twenty-one professionals, iconic in their fields, seeking to answer the questions of how and why the sport plays such an important role in their lives. – Jerry Kustich, author of A Wisp in the Wind. Norm Zeigler has done it again. He has captured the essence of fly fishing by providing a pithy and compelling look at the sport through the eyes of some of this country’s most interesting people. This book works and reads well not because the anglers he has chosen to highlight are iconic, but rather because he brings them down to the everyday perspective we all see on the water. – Fly fishing outfitter and Longtime Trout Unlimited TV host. Norm Zeigler’s Famous Fly Fishers is much more than a book about who. It is a book about why — why take on the challenge of fly fishing. Zeigler explores the quandary with 21 men and women unsurpassed in life achievements. From walking on the moon, to running roughshod over NFL defenses, to playing key roles in running the United States, these overachievers have turned to the way of the fly for its never ending challenge and — all admit — its healthy doses of humility. In his chapter on Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson, Zeigler notes there is no such thing as a stretch too large from profession to fly fishing. Indeed, as fly fishers know and readers will find, it’s all about the stretch. — Byron Stout, outdoors columnist, Fort Myers (Florida) News-Press