About

I am a fly-fisherman and author/illustrator of a series of children’s fly-fishing books.

I like to fish, write, and draw. And a few other things that would be of little to no interest to you.

I started drawing first, then writing. It wasn’t until age 11 or 12 when I started fly-fishing.  A friend of my dad’s was consumed by it, and thought that my brother and I should be indoctrinated.  My first rod was a 7-1/2 foot Eddie Bauer (yes, Eddie Bauer used to actually make outdoor gear) combo spin-fly rod. Attached to it was a Cortland Crown click and pawl reel with no drag.  I don’t remember there being such a thing as backing back then- if I had it I never needed it. I didn’t fish a lot, but I fished enough to know that I enjoyed fly casting way more than dangling a worm under a bobber. Then I entered a period of of my life where I was busy doing everything but fishing:  Cars, girls, college (Washington State University– Go COUGS!), job, marriage, family. As the years passed, I would occasionally remind myself that I needed to get back into fly-fishing some day. When I finally picked up a fly rod again, it was all over.

A few years ago I lost that old Eddie Bauer rod on a family vacation to Lake Roosevelt—left it behind at a campsite and didn’t realize it until we’d returned home. It was a good rod—caught me some fish and landed me some memories. My mom had used a Dremel tool to engrave my name on the aluminum tube, so if you found it please return it for a reward.

You can contact me at unaccomplishedangler (at) gmail (dot) com

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15 thoughts on “About”

  1. Mark says:

    Is that the unlucky hat?

    1. admin says:

      That would be the one.

  2. Josh Mills says:

    Thanks for adding me to your blog roll there Kirk…I appreciate it

    I just added you to Millsfly

    Looking forward to meeting you some day!

  3. Dylan Rose says:

    Kirk, nice work on this site! I have your link up, skatethefly.com

    1. admin says:

      Hey Dylan- thanks for the good word and link- I’ve reciprocated!

  4. Stacey Yates says:

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  5. Mike says:

    Hey I dig the content, Wondering if youd be interested in a link swap… Let me know.
    Cheers
    MD
    http://www.lifeontheflyltd.com

    1. Kirk Werner says:

      Sure thing, Mike- I added your site to my blog roll. Thanks for stopping by.

      Kirk

  6. Darwin says:

    Kirk, Great site…surprised I hadn’t found it earlier. Might buy some stickers, but don’t want to advertise that the Skykomish has skunked me again.
    Willing to do another link swap? I’ll add you to my list of favorites right now.
    Thanks
    -gone fly fishing, http://www.earthangler.com

    1. Kirk Werner says:

      Well, thanks for stumbling upon the UA, Darwin- I’m sure you’ll be disappointed eventually. Glad to know of your site, which I am just as surprised that I didn’t previously know about.
      Consider yourself added.

  7. Duffy says:

    Hey Kirk,
    I have enjoyed your insight and style for quite some time now. Thanks for the awesome content! I have added UA to our links at the Rusty Hook. Your words must be shared! And your modesty is all to0 accomplished
    -Duffy

    1. Kirk Werner says:

      Thanks for the kind, if not somewhat inaccurate words, Duffy 😉 Much appreciated, and link reciprocated as well!
      Keep up the good work chasing steel down in the Gorge!

  8. Laura Geary says:

    Hello, Laura Geary here. My husband, Mike and I, own and operate an upscale, Orvis endorsed, fly-fishing lodge and guide service in southwest Montana called Healing Waters Lodge. Mike also owns and operates Lewis & Clark Expeditions Fly Fishing Outfitters and is the largest outfitter on Montana’s Smith River offering vacationers five day-four night fly fishing float trips down 60 river miles.

    We definitely are a Montana fly-fishing vacation destination and believe it would be mutually beneficial and a valuable resource to site visitors to link to each other’s websites. Below is our information and would appreciate to have your information to add to our website.

    Our Information:
    URL: http://www.hwlodge.com/
    URL Title: Healing Waters Lodge
    Description: Orvis endorsed, upscale fly-fishing lodge and guide service in southwest Montana, largest outfitter on the coveted Smith River offering 5 day/4 night fly fishing floats. Access Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, and Ruby River, also: access to miles of private water.
    EMAIL: hwlodgemt@gmail.com
    Telephone: 406-684-5960

    Thank you for your consideration and time.

  9. Bill Wojcieszek says:

    Hello there — I stumbled on your site while searching for intel on Yellowstone Nat’l Park. I will be based out of West Yellowstone from June 12-16. Are you guys fishing the opener again this year? Water levels should be high. I’ve never fished the Firehole, Gibbon, nor Madison in the Park. I only have experience in the Northeast portion (Lamar, Slough, Gardner, etc).

    Cheers,
    Bill

    1. Kirk Werner says:

      Bill, I’m sending you an email. Watch for it.

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