Tom Keer earned a prestigious Excellence in Craft award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, with recognition to be at OWAA’s annual conference in Fairbanks, Alaska, Sept. 6, 2012.

Keer’s award was in the magazine section which recognizes excellence in communicating the best stories related to fishing in either freshwater and saltwater with an emphasis on human interest or adventure within the sport. His submission “Isonychia,” was published in the Autumn 2011 issue of Fly Rod and Reel magazine of which he is a Contributing Editor.

In addition to running his international marketing company, Keer is a widely-published freelance writer and regularly writes for Sporting Classics, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Ruffed Grouse Society, Fly Rod and Reel, among others. He is also a columnist for the Upland Almanac and a Contributing Editor for Fly Fish America.

The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio and television show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. Visit for more info.

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