The Steve Raymond Papers consist of various writings by a life-long fly fisherman and acclaimed author of works exploring the many facets of the sport. The collection also includes correspondence, records of Raymond's professional affiliations, and biographical reference material about other noted fly fishermen.
Life-long fly fisherman and acclaimed author of works exploring the many facets of the sport, Steve Raymond was born in 1940 in Bellingham, Washington. A graduate of the University of Washington, he went on to a long career as a journalist for the Seattle Times. In addition to books, Raymond has been a major contributor of articles and book reviews to angling magazines, and served as editor of The Flyfisher and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazines. He has won many awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award of the Federation of Fly Fishers and the Letcher Lambuth Angling Craftsman Award of the Washington Fly Fishing Club.
The Steve Raymond papers consist of drafts and final manuscript versions of works by Raymond, including Kamloops, The Year of the Angler, The Year of the Trout, The Estuary Flyfisher, Rivers of the Heart, Blue Upright, Backcasts, Nervous Water, and Steelhead Country. Other writings include book forwards and reviews, magazine and newspaper articles about local fly fishing organizations, issues and personalities, and contributions to various fly fishing encyclopedias. The collection also contains correspondence with various individuals and publishing outlets such as Sports Illustrated. There are records related to Raymond’s professional affiliations, including the Washington Fly Fishing Club, as well as files containing biographical reference material and awards conferred upon various noted fly fishermen.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.
Restrictions on Use :
Material in the collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.
Preferred Citation :
Steve Raymond Papers, Western Libraries Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103
The Steve Raymond Papers are organized according to the following series arrangement:
Series I. Research and Writings,
Series II. Correspondence,
Series III. Professional Affiliations,
Series IV. Awards and Memorials,
Acquisition Information :
The collection was donated by Steven Raymond in various installments between 2006 and 2009.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in
Series I: Research and Writings, circa 1971-2004
Miscellaneous fly fishing book reviews
Kamloops - first draft with author's corrections, photo, and correspondence
Kamloops - second draft with author's corrections
Kamloops - research notes (Volumes 1-4)
Kamloops - third revised edition
The Year of the Angler - first draft with author's corrections (Parts I-IV)
The Year of the Angler - manuscript with editor's corrections (Parts I-IV)
The Year of the Trout - copy of original manuscript (Parts I-IV)
Backcasts: A History of the Washington Fly Fishing Club, 1939-1989 - copy of original manuscript
Steelhead Country - original manuscript with copy editor's corrections and instructions to typesetter
The Estuary Flyfisher - copy of original manuscript
Rivers of the Heart - copy of original manuscript (Parts I-IV)
Blue Upright - copy of original manuscript
Nervous Water - copy of original manuscript (Parts I-V)