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John Henry Merwin, 66, fishing editor of Field & Stream

John Henry Merwin

John Henry Merwin

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Updated: April 1, 2013 6:34AM

LEBANON, N.H. — John Henry Merwin, one of America’s pre-eminent fishing writers who authored or edited 15 books on the subject, has died at age 66.

Mr. Merwin, of Dorset, Vt., died Wednesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Veteran fishing editor for Field & Stream magazine, Mr. Merwin caught everything from piranhas in the Amazon to Atlantic salmon in Ireland. Among his books are “The New American Trout Fishing” and best-selling “Trailside Guide to Fly Fishing.”

Born in Norwalk, Conn., Mr. Merwin started fishing with his father at age 3 and never stopped. He moved to Vermont in 1970, and in 1979, out of his basement, launched Rod & Reel magazine (now Fly Rod & Reel). Mr. Merwin followed that up with Fly Tackle Dealer, a trade magazine.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire confirmed Mr. Merwin’s death.


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