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Fly Fisherman Illustrator Wins Major Award

Fly Fisherman Illustrator Wins Major Award
Pickup Lines illustration by Joe Mahler

FLY FISHERMAN author/illustrator Joe Mahler received both a first and a second place award from the Outdoor Writer's Association of America (OWAA) at the group's 88th Annual Conference held in Knoxville, TN, June 26-28, 2015.

Mahler was recognized with both first place and second place in the Illustration/Graphic contest in the General Audience Category.

His illustration for the story "Pickup Lines" won first place, and appeared in FLY FISHERMAN's 2015 Gear Guide on page 54 and 55. His illustration showing the "invisible stripping basket" appeared in the June-July 2014 issue of FLY FISHERMAN magazine in the "Short Casts" department authored by Jay Nichols.

Joe Mahler ( is a casting instructor and author of Essential Knots and Rigs for Trout and Essential Knots and Rigs for Salt Water.

Stripping Basket
Basket illustration by Joe Mahler

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