PEMBROKE, Va. — During the course of his prolific career as an outdoor writer, Bruce Ingram has treated a terrific diversity of subjects in more than 2,100 magazine articles. He’s an avid deer and turkey hunter and often writes about both. But it isn’t difficult to discern what has been nearest and dearest to his outdoorsman’s heart.
“My (latest) book is called ‘Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouth.’ It covers year-round tactics for catching more smallmouth bass in our nation’s rivers,” said Ingram, who appeared at the recent New River Fest in Pembroke.
Several rivers run through the Salem native’s angling career, but the four he knows most intimately all flow across the Old Dominion. He has authored river guides for the James River, the New River and the Shenandoah and Rappahannock rivers.
“If I’m going to float a river, I’m going to fish it, always. But when you’re putting together a book, you take notes on more details than when you’re only fishing,” Ingram said. “You want people who read these books to have a safe and productive time whether they’re canoeing or kayaking or fishing or birding or whatever.”
Each of Ingram’s guidebooks represents a substantial chunk of his life.
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