If someone says the word fly fishing, where do you go in your head?

In today’s episode, New York Times writer Peter Kaminsky takes us on a journey through the pages of his latest book The Catch of a Lifetime. We hear captivating stories from Peter’s fly fishing adventures and writing career.

Stick around because Peter also dishes out some mouthwatering cooking techniques that are bound to tantalize your taste buds.

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Episode Chapters with Peter Kaminsky on Catch of a Lifetime

01:44 – Peter first got into fly fishing during a vacation from working at the National Lampoon in the mid-’70s. He stumbled upon a fishing camp in Boca Paila, witnessing fly fishermen in action.

02:52 – When he returned to New York, he went on a Catskills trip with Geoff Norman.  There, he encountered Doug Swisher and attended his clinic for two days.

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03:50 – After getting fired at the National Lampoon, Peter started writing for outdoor magazines like Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and Sports Afield.

04:35 – Peter also had the chance to build a connection with Nick Lyons through his work. This led to a remarkable opportunity when, in the early ’80s, Nick recommended Peter to write for the outdoors column at The New York Times.

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11:50 – Peter and his brother created the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, overseeing its production for two decades.

The Works of Peter Kaminsky

17:20 – One of Peter’s most famous works, which overlaps into the outdoors realm, is the book Seven Fires with Francis Mallmann. He also did a book with John Madden called John Madden’s Ultimate Tailgating.


21:43 – Peter Kaminsky shared the story behind his new book The Catch of a Lifetime. The book features short pieces from various contributors like Nick Lyons, John McPhee, and Rachel Maddow.

32:45 – Peter also talks about his connection with Flylords, which he discovered during COVID-19. He recently worked with them on a new video series called Flavor on the Fly.

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35:24 – Peter shares a simple and effective cooking technique for fish from his book How to Dress an Egg with Ned Baldwin.

48:20 – Some of Peter’s literary influences include Nick Lyons, A.J. McLane, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, and Ivan Turgenev. Check out our episode featuring The Life and Works of Ernest Hemingway with Mark Cirino.

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WFS 202 – Nick Lyons on Great Fly Fishing Books – Lyons Press Publishing, Tom McGuane, Ted Leeson

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WFS 513 – The Life and Works of Ernest Hemingway with Mark Cirino – One True Pod, One True Sentence, Mets

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Conclusion with Peter Kaminsky on Catch of a Lifetime

We hope you’re as hooked on Peter’s fly fishing adventures and anecdotes from “The Catch of a Lifetime” as we are. If you’re planning to fire up the grill, Peter’s cooking tips are a must-try. And be sure to check out his latest book.