Don Moyer

Don Moyer
Don Moyer began writing his outdoor column, Tight Lines, at The Tracy Press in 1979. As years went by he added other northern California newspapers in Ceres, Brentwood, Elk Grove, Escalon, Galt, Lathrop, Manteca, Marysville, Oakdale, Ripon, Riverbank, Scotts Valley, Turlock, and Yuba City. The column Tight Lines may be obtained from Don at Also a freelance fishing writer, his work has appeared in Angler, Flyfishing the West, and Sunset magazines. In 2010 Don’s first book was released by, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tight Lines, Observations of an Outdoor Philosopher is on the best seller list and is also available through other fine bookstores. Moyer is currently at work on his second book, Flyfishing the Central Sierra. An angler and hunter since childhood, Don has been active in fishing and hunting conservation groups for decades. A former Region Manager of California Trout and member of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Flyfishermen, Don also served on the Board of Directors of the Tuolumne River Trust. On the hunting side of the coin, he has been a member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the NRA, California Houndsmen for Conservation, and the Outdoor Writers of America. Don has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, both houses of the California Legislature, and numerous administrative and regulatory agencies. Don & his wife of 40 years, Mary, live near the banks of the Stanislaus River in Central California.

Areas of Expertise: Fly fishing, hunting, exploring, and camping

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Opinion: The World’s Best Fly

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