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Month: June 2011

Five Star Review: Olive the Little Woolly Bugger

Book reviews are something an author looks forward to with mixed emotions. Hopefully the author has confidence in their work. Afterall, in order to have become published, they’ve obviously done something right– or at least impressed the right people.  However, reviews are the opinions of others, and opinions are subjective. So when a review is anticipated it only makes sense that the author may look forward to it with a bit of trepidation.

A while back I was approached by a person who does book reviews. He was inquiring about reviewing the Olive series, and since I don’t keep a stock of books on hand, I suggested he contact the publisher for review copies. I didn’t know if he would or not. Well, he did.

Jason Kirkfield, who calls himself “The Pride and Sorrow of children’s book reviewers”, has done over 100 children’s book reviews on Amazon.com. Here is his review of Olive the Little Woolly Bugger, which happens to have received a 5 star rating:

Olive is a cutie and this is a great introduction to flyfishing,

June 23, 2011
Pacific Northwest native Kirk Werner wrote and illustrated this delightful tale of a Woolly Bugger. (That’s a kind of fishing fly. For flyfishing. Where you use a “fake” bug instead of, say, a real worm. See here.) 

Anyway, Olive is anthropomorphized and essentially takes the place of a young child in this story. We see her attending a summer camp (Camp Tightloops, haha) for young flies to learn how to catch fish. It’s a novel concept, and works well in large part due to Kirk’s expressive illustrations. I don’t think anyone has tried this approach before.

We are taking our kids fishing for the first time this summer, and this book (in fact, this series* of books) provides the perfect introduction. Kids learn how the hooks’ barbs are pinched (to facilitate Catch and Release) and why different flies (dry flies, streamers, nymphs, etc.) are used in different situations and for different fish.

In less selfish terms, Olive the Little Woolly Bugger is a perfect choice for kids who are going to a new summer camp, or starting school, or really any social situation which takes them away from their parents and introduces them to new people and potential anxiety. Olive sets a good example by using her positive attitude, along with the support of her new friends, to earn a spot in The Fly Box.

Ultimately, Kirk’s book aims to teach a fairly common kid lit lesson–being different is good (“discover why being different is what makes Olive a splashing success”); he does so with a unique protagonist and with humor and sensitivity, and he does so successfully.

An appendix presents a dozen photographs of real flies (not real “live” flies, but real photographs of flies used in flyfishing). I think I recognize the “Andy” font which has always been one of my favorites.

* I will also be reviewing the sequels, Olive and the Big Stream and Olive Goes for a Wild Ride.

[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
To read the review on Amazon and to see all other reviews by Jason Kirkfield, go HERE. I look forward to Mr. Kirkfield’s reviews of Olive and The Big Stream and Olive Goes for a Wild Ride, with just a hint of trepidation.
Since this entry was originally posted, the review for Olive and The Big Stream has been posted. Read it HERE.

Olive on the radio

Recently Olive the Woolly Bugger was featured on the Dan Small Outdoors Radio show. I am sure you’ll want to listen to the entire show, but if you’re running short of time, the interview takes place about 2/3 of the way through.

If interested you can listen to the show by clicking HERE.

Thanks again to Dan Small for the opportunity, and also thanks to Les Booth for hooking me up with Dan.

A contest for fly fishing kids

Over at Take Kids Fly Fishing, there’s a coloring CONTEST going on right now for kids up to age 16. Entries may be submitted through the month of June with winners selected in July. The list of gear is impressive, from waders to rod and reel outfits, dvds and books, fly boxes and clothing, etc. The contest sponsors include:

Albright Fly Fishing, Echo/Rajeff Sports, Fishpond, JEM Cremp’s, Fanny Krieger, Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters, Montana Fly Company, Olive the Woolly Bugger, Orvis, Patagonia, Redington, Tyler Befus and Trout Unlimited.

Check out the Take Kids Fly Fishing contest, and look around the website while you’re there for listings of kids fly rods and reels, kids waders and boots, kids vests, hats, clothing and accessories, dvds and books, kids fly fishing camps and kid friendly fly fishing guides.

Everything you need to help enhance your kid’s fly fishing experience, all in one place!

Redington and Trout Unlimited team up for conservation

Anyone who has been fly fishing for a length of time understands that fishing and convservation go hand-in-hand. In fact, if one cares about the very fish that are ultimately the goal of going fishing, then that same person knows that preserving the resource is paramount to the future of angling. In other words, if we want to have something to cast a fly to, we must all be conservation-minded in our pursuit of those fish.


It’s no secret that, here at Olive the Woolly Bugger, we like Redington and Trout Unlimited.

Redington and Trout Unlimited have teamed up on Facebook to get new anglers more aware of conservation efforts through a Facebook application:

Enter to win Redington gear!
Trout Unlimited and Redington are teaming up to test your fly-fishing knowledge. 10 Lucky Winners per day and one Grand Prize winner!
Click here for complete terms and conditions.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Redington and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this promotion.

If you’re inclined toward the Facebook thing, give this contest a look.  You may learn a few new things and win some great Redington gear.