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James R. Babb

James R. Babb grew in a family of lunatic-fringe fly fishermen in the East Tennessee hills, and moved to Maine in 1972 after reading too much Thoreau. He worked as a commercial lobster fisherman, a truck driver, and a freelance writer on sporting and maritime topics before joining International Marine Publishing as an acquisitions editor in 1988, later co-founding the outdoor imprint, Ragged Mountain Press, after IM’s acquisition by McGraw-Hill. In 1994 he went looking for more time to fish, and found a position as Editor at Large with The Lyons Press and as maritime-books advisor to W. W. Norton & Co. He became Gray’s Sporting Journal’s first angling columnist in 1995, and has been its editor since 1997. The author of the essay collections Crosscurrents: A Fly Fisher’s Progress; River Music: A Fly Fisher’s Four Seasons; and Fly-Fishin’ Fool: The Adventures, Misadventures, and Outright Idiocies of a Compulsive Angler, he lives in midcoast Maine, where he writes, fishes obsessively, and hopes to last long enough to finish the house he and his wife began building in 1979. He is the author of Crosscurrents, River Music, and Fly-Fishing Fool, all of which are available at Amazon.com.

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