John Merwin, 66; founded Rod & Reel

Fly Rod & Reel

LEBANON, N.H. — John Henry Merwin, one of America’s preeminent fishing writers who authored or edited 15 books on the subject, died Wednesday in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

He was 66.

A veteran fishing editor for Field & Stream magazine, Mr. Merwin, who lived in Dorset, Vt., caught everything from ­piranhas in the Amazon to ­Atlantic salmon in Ireland. Among his books are ‘‘The New American Trout Fishing’’ and the best-selling “Fly Fishing: A Trailside Guide.”


Born in Norwalk, Conn., Mr. Merwin started fishing with his father at age 3 and never stopped.

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He moved to Vermont in 1970, and in 1979, out of his basement, he launched Rod & Reel magazine (now Fly Rod & Reel).

He followed that up with Fly Tackle Dealer, a trade magazine.