May 5, 2013

Author Q&A: A fisher of stories

Dee Dauphinee's humor spices his tales about fly-fishing, traveling the world and life in Maine.

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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Dee Dauphinee with Allagash guide Wade Kelly, who is blowing a moose call

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A: Anyone who loves nature, I guess. A couple of years ago, a few of the guys I fish with started bugging me to write down some of the stories for my children to read. I did, and a new passion surfaced.

Since "Stoneflies & Turtleheads," I've written a novel that I like a lot, which is at the publisher's, and another collection of fly-fishing essays, titled "Something's Wrong With My Fly!"

Writing has become a going concern. I wanted to write this book in such a way that the reader would feel they were sitting around a campfire, listening to a story.

Q: How did you hook up with North Country Press?

A: I actually felt guilty at first. I sent the query letter and sample chapters to four publishers, and three wanted it. I liked North Country Press, because they were small, and I was a first-time author. They were friendly, professional and nice, and I am silly and goofy. It's a good fit. And they drink wine when the job is done.

Q: Tell us about your life in Maine? Where do you live, and what do you do when not fishing?

A: I've lived in five states, and in South America. I lived for extended periods of time in Panama, Israel and Europe, and in all those places, as romantic or beautiful as they are, I always knew I wanted to return to the great state of Maine to raise my children. And to fish.

I live in Bradley now with my wife, Lisa, and two children. Our 140-plus-year-old farmhouse is tucked between Otter Stream and the Penobscot River. When I'm not fishing, I'm writing about fishing, and trying like heck to stay married.

Q: What's your best fish story?

A: Oh, Lordy. That's a tough one. How about standing waist-deep in the Orinoco River, casting big, ugly poppers to peacock bass, while kids are catching piranhas two feet from my legs? Or tilapia in the Sea of Galilee, while a storm, lit by a sunset filtered by desert sand, rages on the far shore.

Q: You've traveled a lot. Any favorite spot you've been to outside of Maine?

A: Another tough one. I love the town of Portobelo, Panama, and Huaraz, Peru. Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are too many to list.

Q: Favorite place in Maine? Personal favorite fishing spot?

A: I like the brooks and streams of Washington County because I can revisit the memories of my childhood. But I do love the Allagash River. That's my son's favorite place to fish, so we're creating new memories there every summer.

Q: You were born and raised here, I presume?

A: Yup, right in Bangor. Went to John Bapst (High). But don't hold that against them. It's a great school.

After high school, I left for Wyoming with a guitar, about $80 and a single duffle bag. Came back four years later a different person.

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

Twitter: pphbkeyes


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