Published Sep 13. 2003 - 13 years ago

Soucie's many books

A very productive author

I don't remember for how long I have been corresponding with Gary Soucie - but it's a long time.

[Actually I do know. My archives say that Gary asked me to contribute to American Angler back in July 10th 1997... a lot of water has run through the rivers since then!]

We "clicked" during the first few mails, and have kept mailing each other on and off over the years.

Now as many may know, Gary is a very productive writer, who has many titles out already and has quite a few in the pipeline too.

I am personally intrigued by "Woolly Wisdom", his book on Woolly Bugger style flies not to mention "Muddler Magic", which is bound to become one of my personal favorites. Both volumes have been on the way for a while and I'm really looking forward to their publishing.

Gary recently mailed me a copy of his book entitled "Traveling With Fly Rod and Reel", and I have read most of it with great pleasure, but also wondered how much books have changed over the years.
This 1995 book has a ton of facts, addresses and phone numbers in it, but no web addresses or e-mails and only fairly few unimpressive B/W photos.

How things have changed since 1995!

I'll bet you that the new books will have lots of nice color pictures and probably references to a bunch of web pages too.

I can hardly wait!


Hello Martin,
I have a weird question out of left field....Do you know what ever happened to Muddler Magic, the book that was being written by Gary Soucie? I really enjoyed his Wooly Wisdom and I contributed a few patterns for the muddler book...and that was the last I ever heard of it. That decade (!?) or so ago, I guess. Any info you may have would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I have no idea what happened. I was supposed to have flies in that book and was looking forward to it - muddlers being one of my all time favorite flies. But it might have died somewhere underway. I'll try to get a hold of Gary and inquire.


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Looking through my mail, I found this mail from Gary, which I had totally forgotten:

"Muddler Magic is (a) still in the works, (b) on hold, (c) on life support, (d) all of the above, (e) none of the above?

I wrote it, like Woolly Wisdom, in bits and pieces. And when I assembled them, I disovered the book was three times too long. That put me into a year-long funk. Unable to cut it down to size, I was sort of teetering on deciding to slash deeply and put the cuts on a web site that would be many times referenced in the book. Finally, Frank Amato said to send him the raw manuscript for a look-see. He and his editor both liked what they saw and he said they wanted to try to publish it pretty much in its entirety. Then the economy collapsed, and it hit book publishers--and particularly small fish like Amato--very hard. So Frank wants to revise the contract. Now were stuck over money. It's a pathetic two grand, and that shows you how strapped both of us are that so little matters."

The mail is from 2011, so unless they are still negotiating, the book is dead. I will contact him anyway to hear what the destiny of the manuscript might be. Maybe entice him to consider electronic publishing or self publishing...


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