Gerald Almy

Contributing Writer

Gerald Almy graduated from college with absolutely no idea what he wanted to do. But he loved to hunt and fish; and he loved reading and loved literature. That led to the obvious choice: become a full-time freelance outdoor writer. That was 1973. He’s still one today, never having held a salaried position in half a century, but managing to support his wife and daughter with checks received for the 5,500 magazine and website articles and 9,000 newspaper columns he has had published.

Highlights

  • Covers virtually every type of fishing and hunting from bluegills to bluefin, quail to grizzlies
  • Author or contributor to several books on hunting and fishing
  • For more than 10 years, he wrote a “Lures & Flies” column for Sports Afield magazine

Experience

Almy is a prolific writer on all aspects of fishing, hunting, managing land for wildlife, and planting food plots for deer. He won numerous national awards for his writing, including Best Newspaper Article for a piece on the Joys of Float Fishing for the Washington Post. After writing the first book ever on fishing for trout with land-based insects (Tying & Fishing Terrestrials), he gave talks throughout the country to Federation of Fly Fishing groups and Trout Unlimited chapters. He has also lectured on a topic he knows well—life as an outdoor writer. He lists fly fishing for trout as his favorite pastime for immediate thrills, and managing the farm he lives on for whitetail deer as his favorite longer-term project. He has fished from the Arctic Circle to Venezuela, and lists fly fishing for peacock bass in the Cinaruco River in that country as one of his most memorable fishing trips, and hunting coastal grizzlies in British Columbia as his most memorable hunting expedition.

Education

Almy attended George Mason University in Virginia for two years, then transferred to the State University of New York at Binghamton for their renowned English Literature program — and to be within an easy drive of the Beaverkill River for trout forays and the nearby Susquehanna for bass and walleyes. He was honored for Outstanding Academic Achievement at SUNY Binghamton and elected to Phi Betta Kappa.

F&S Lightning Round

Favorite Place to Fish: Shenandoah River for smallmouths Favorite Hunting Quarry: Whitetail deer Most Prized Piece of Fishing Gear: Leonard Bamboo Rod Most Prize Piece of Hunting Gear: Melvin Forbes .30/06 Ultralight rifle

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