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Kirk Werner never set out to become a children’s book author. While he has always enjoyed writing, it is his love of fly-fishing and illustrating that led him to create the story of Olive the Woolly Bugger.

A homegrown product of Washington state, Kirk was born in Seattle and spent his formative years in the suburbs outside of the city. He graduated in 1985 from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) where he earned a BA degree in Communications with a minor in Fine Art. His home is in Duvall, Washington where he lives with his wife and two kids and one itchy dog. He has more stories planned for Olive the Woolly Bugger so stay tuned.


Author Visits

Many PTSA’s will provide funding for author visits, or there are many grants available for just this sort of program. Check out Target’s Early Childhood Reading Grants for information and how you can apply.

Treat your students and faculty to an eye-opening presentation by author and illustrator Kirk Werner. Kirk’s popular series of books chronicling the adventures of Olive the Woolly Bugger are an engaging way to introduce youngsters (and those young at heart) to the wonders of the great outdoors through the sport of fly-fishing. Kids and teachers everywhere have come to love Olive the Woolly Bugger.

The presentation includes a photo slideshow depicting the adventures to be had while fly-fishing in the great outdoors. Kirk will also talk about the creative process involved in writing and illustrating these whimsical yet informational stories, and will conclude with a Q&A period. The presentation can include book signings and advance orders of the books may be arranged through Johnson Books (Big Earth Publishing).

Schedule a visit to your school today – you and your students will be hooked!

Contact Kirk


  1. Graham Moran

    I would love to be able to review your book on my blog and even some of the other things you have for Olive. If there is anything that I can do to help please let me know.


    Graham Moran
    aka TenkaraGrasshopper
    (303) 520-8249 Cell

    • Kirk Werner

      Graham, I welcome all inquiries from those interested!

  2. Lisa Roark

    I applaud you and your work! I believe its extremely valuable to get kids outdoors and back to the basic ways of life (fishing, hunting etc.). We recently began a business to bring families back together through the tradition of hunting. We are opening a store and carrying outdoor related products. We’d love to be a retailer for your book. Look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks again,
    Lisa Roark, Owner
    South Texas Little Hunters

    • Kirk Werner

      Thank you for the nice comment, Lisa. Same to you as far as dedicating yourselves to encouraging kids to embrace the outdoors. Hunting and fishing is part of our heritage, and of paramount importance to our future. Without hunters and fishermen, who will steward our resources? No need to tell you!

  3. Richard Refalo


    I have a son coming in June and would love to purchase a set of Olive Bugger books!…I hope one day he fly fishes too!

    His name is Finn Douglas ReFalo

    Hope all is looking up!

    Rich ReFalo
    58 Church Street
    High Bridge NJ 08829

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