David A. Van Wie
David A. Van Wie writes a monthly column for The Maine Sportsman magazine, has published feature articles in Northern Woodlands magazine and the Maine Sunday Telegram, and is coauthor of The Confluence: A Collection of Essays, Art and Tall Tales about Fly-fishing & Friendship, now in its second printing. After a 35-year career in environmental consulting and government (director of Bureau of Land and Water Quality, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and member of Maine House of Representatives in the 124th Legislature), he now writes and lives in Lyme, New Hampshire. He is an accomplished photographer, a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and writes a blog on fly-fishing and environmental issues at www.watchyourbackcast.com.
"The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long. For a frozen moment, his feet had stopped moving on the floating logs in the basin above the river bend; he’d slipped entirely underwater before anyone could grab his outstretched hand. One of the loggers had reached for the youth’s long hair; the older man’s...