Since a kid, I’ve been fascinated with life outdoors.  For me, rivers, lakes, and forests, all held adventure. Around the age of fifteen I picked up my first fly rod. And it’s been a love affair ever since. Fly fishing is magic; I can’t imagine living without it.

Many years later I began writing about the sport. Now, I’m the author of four books –Fly Rodding the Coast, Fly Fishing the Saltwater Shoreline, Fly Rodding Estuaries and Along the Water’s Edge. I’m also been a contributing editor to Fly Fishing In Salt Waters magazine and over the years, penned articles for every major fly fishing periodical including –American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer, Fly Rod & Reel,  Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Sportsman, and Tail Fly Fishing. And more recently Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Find examples here

Prior to taking up the writing game, I earned an MFA in Photography and became a full-time tenured photography professor for the College of St. Rose, in New York. Yes I’m camera crazy. I have owned and used everything from Polaroid SX-70s to 8×10 view cameras. In those teaching years, I exhibited personal work across the country, in both group and solo exhibits, and won awards. Today I still show occasionally and my photographs (all digital now) are often used as illustrative support for my writing. And they’re all over this website, as you will see.

On a personal level, I’m never impressed by material wealth.  Putting emphasis on possessions, or money is meaningless. Instead be impressed by character, integrity, and accomplishments. These are the things that truly count. Revel in love, laughter, and your passions, greet each day with an adventurous soul. Or as Thoreau warned us, end up “living a life of quiet desperation”. 

I’m environmentally aware and a strong supporter of conservation efforts.  Numerous times I have gone to the Connecticut Legislature to testify before the Environment Committee. Make no mistake our planet truly needs our help. Let’s join hands. Lets improve our world. Stand up for what you believe in.   

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4 Responses to About

  1. Bill Whelan says:

    Met you the other day at my boat in our Marina . Have taken a look at your blog; at your suggestion, enjoyed what I saw. Good stuff and information. Since we met have done some fishing for the young Tarpon. Fished today with Dusty. The last two days fished about three hours and jumped six. Fun fun fun. Hope to run into you again and spend sometime discussing our mutual hobby.

    • Ed Mitchell says:

      Hey Bill,
      Nice to hear from you. Glad the tarpon cooperated; they can be real tough. I’ll likely give it a try tomorrow morning.Two evenings back, I saw a couple of tailing reds on the flat, but no hookups unfortunately. Give me a call sometime. Maybe we can catch a beer over at the Deck.


  2. Dan Pontius says:

    Hey Ed,
    I just discovered your site. I too live in BSM and fly fish. I kayaked out to the flats today and got into a lot of 18” snook. I’m surprised I have not run into you. Not many fly fishers here.
    Dan Pontius

    • Ed Mitchell says:

      No there aren’t many fly rodders here. Just a handful at best. So why haven’t I been out there recently? Overall the fishing has been poor for sometime. Yes small snook are an exception. But I my first love are redfish!


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