Lingren, Art(hur James) 1943-

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LINGREN, Art(hur James) 1943-

PERSONAL: Born May 1, 1943, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; son of Harry Alfred (a carpenter) and Ivy (a teacher; maiden name, Bancroft) Lingren; married Beverley Nelson (an executive assistant), August 19, 1966; children: Charles Thomas. Ethnicity: "Swedish." Education: British Columbia Institute of Technology, civil engineering technologist. Hobbies and other interests: Fly-fishing and related activities (fly tying), photography, book collecting.

ADDRESSES: Home—3588 West 38th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6N 2Y1. E-mail— [email protected].

CAREER: Greater Vancouver Regional District, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, administrator, 1963-2000; writer, 2000—. Harry Hawthorn Foundation, member.

MEMBER: Totem Flyfishers (vice president, 1994; president, 1995), Trout Unlimited Canada, British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers (historian, 1995-2001; president, 2001—), Haig-Brown Kingfisher Society, Loons Fly Fishing Club (honorary member).

AWARDS, HONORS: Roderick Haig-Brown Award, Federation of Fly Fishers, 1999.


Fly Patterns of Roderick Haig-Brown, Frank Amato Publications (Portland, OR), 1993.

River Journal: Thompson, Frank Amato Publications (Portland, OR), 1994.

Fly Patterns of British Columbia, Frank Amato Publications (Portland, OR), 1996.

Irresistible Waters: Fly Fishing in British Columbia throughout the Year, Raincoast Books, 1998.

Steelhead River Journal: Dean, Frank Amato Publications (Portland, OR), 2000.

Famous British Columbia Fly-fishing Waters, Frank Amato Publications (Portland, OR), in press.

Contributor to books, including West Coast Fly Fisher, edited by Mark Pendlington, Hancock House, 1998; Fly Fishing British Columbia, edited by Karl Bruhn, Heritage House, 1999; and West Coast Steelheader, edited by Mark Pendlington, Hancock House, 2000. Contributor to magazines, including British Columbia Sport Fishing, Steelhead Fly Fishing Journal, Fly Fishing, Fly Tying, Fly Lines, Osprey, British Columbia Outdoors, and Western Flyfisher.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on fly-fishing in Great White Bear Rainforest and the Kispiox River, for steelhead fishing stories.

SIDELIGHTS: Art Lingren told CA: "Roderick Haig-Brown, the twentieth century's greatest fly-fishing essayist, said he was a writer who fly-fished. Haig-Brown, through his written word, is my mentor, although I am a fly-fisherman who writes. There is a profound difference between Haig-Brown and me: he is the master and I always the pupil. But I have a passion for fly-fishing and British Columbia's rich flyfishing history. That desire to share my experiences, put on record the state of fly-fishing, and document our rich fly-fishing history motivates me to write.

"I am a stickler for organization. Because much of my writing is historical, I do my interviews, flag written sources, read relevant sections of my fishing diaries to refresh personal experiences, and review my photograph collection before I start to write. When I am satisfied I have my material sorted, I prefer to get up and get on the computer. If I do something other than write first thing, the day is often lost, so it is critically important that I start my day by writing. Five of my six books I wrote while working, and that meant I had to devote weekends and often some annual vacations to writing."