One of the best things about being an author of children’s books is feedback I get from people who’ve seen my Olive the woolly bugger books. Certainly I love to hear from parents and adults but the real rewards come when I hear from kids themselves. Recently I received a letter in the mail addressed to Olive the Woolly Bugger, from my new friend, Mariah:
I just turned 10 August 25th. This year I am in 5th grade. It is so fun to fly fish. My favorite things to do are read, tie flies and fish. I have never caught a steelhead or a bass. I have caught trout many times. I hope to meet you sometime.
Mariah is obviously a smart kid: any youngster who likes reading and fly fishing has got life pretty much figured out already. It comes as no surprise that Mariah is a fishy kid since her Grand Dad owns the Red Shed Fly Shop in Peck, Idaho (thanks for carrying the Olive books, Poppy!). Here’s a photo of the Olive books on the shelf at the Red Shed:
If you’re planning to fish the Clearwater River in Idaho, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Red Shed and meet Poppy (and Mariah, too, since I’m told she works there quite a bit). While I’ve yet to fish the Clearwater, doing so is high on my list of things to do. You can bet I’ll be stopping by to meet Poppy and Mariah.
To get to the Red Shed:
WE ARE LOCATED 60 SECONDS SOUTH FROM THE PECK HOLE ON THE CLEARWATER RIVER IN NORTH IDAHO. TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 12 WE ARE 32 MILES EAST OF LEWISTON, IDAHO AND 8 MILES WEST OF OROFINO, IDAHO—HOURS ARE FROM 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM DAILY, 24/7 BY APPOINTMENT.
20652 BIG CANYON RD.
PECK, IDAHO 83545
And Mariah, I’m so glad you brought up steelhead and bass because those are the topics of my next two Olive books. Hopefully they’ll get published soon (tell all your friends about Olive!). Thanks for taking the time to write me, and for including the awesome drawing of the jumping rainbow trout!