Dave Whitlock is a man totally devoted to the world of fly fishing and conservation.
Fifty years ago, Dave Whitlock resigned his position as a research chemist and pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing, fly tying, trout stream enhancement and lecturing to embark on a career as a full-time professional in the arts of flyfishing. All his works reflect his love and understanding of fly fishing and the natural world that continues to grow from his many, many years spent on and under waters all around the world.
From his very first article in Field and Stream in 1968, every year Dave has contributed his flyfishing art, photography and writing to many publications such as TU's Trout Magazine, Flyfisherman Magazine, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, In Fisherman and.
He has written and illustrated five books: Dave Whitlock's Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods; the LL Bean Fly Fishing Handbook, the LL Bean Fly Fishing Handbook for Bass; Trout: A Compact Guide for Fly Fishers and Imitating and Fishing Natural Fish Foods for Lefty's Little Library. In 2018, Dave and Emily together completed their new book titled Artful Profiles of Trout, Char and Salmon and the Classic Flies that Catch Them.
Dave has also co-authored or made contributions to many other books, including The Fly-Tyer's Almanac; The Second Fly-Tyer's Almanac; Art Flick's Master Flytying Guide; McClane's Fishing Encylopedia; Migel's Stream Conservation Handbook and Masters on the Nymph and others. He has illustrated over 25 books including Steve Raymond's Year of the Trout; Swisher and Richard's new edition of Selective Trout; plus President Carter's Outdoor Journal. Dave also demonstrates his flyfishing and teaching skills in seven videos and through guest appearances on televised flyfishing programs.
One of Dave's most notable contributions to wild trout management and preservation is the Whitlock-Vibert Box System -- an in-stream trout egg incubator and nursery devise. Dave spent 7 years researching and developing this system. Today, under the sponsorship of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, the Whitlock-Vibert Box program is used throughout the world for introduction or enhancement of wild trout, char and salmon stocks. Dave's experience and his devoted and objective outlook on the whole spectrum of flyfishing has earned him consulting assignments from top companies such as Scientific Anglers, GLoomis Rods, Sage Rods, Simms Fly Fishing Products, LL Bean and Bass Pro. He also designed and directed the first 10 years of the LL Bean Fly-Fishing Schools.
Dave is a recipient of many awards including the Max Ander's Wild Trout Award for his work on propagation of wild trout. The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFF) has honored Dave with the Conservation Man of the Year Award, the Ambassador Award for national and international promotion of fly fishing and conservation and the James E. Henshall Award for his work in warm water fishing and conservation.
Dave has also received the Buz Buzeck Fly-Tyer's Award which is the highest honor in the fly-tying world. It recognized his innovativeness in new fly-tying patterns and his national fly-tying activities. The National American Fly Tackle Trade Association awarded him the Lifetime Contribution Award.
Dave has been inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Game& Fish Hall of Fame, the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, the Trout Hall of Fame. Fly Fisherman Magazine recently included Dave as one of the '50 Most Influential Fly Fishers in the Last 5 Decades'.
Dave, an Oklahoma native, and his wife Emily, after living near the White River in Arkansas and conducting their flyfishing school there for several years, now live in Oklahoma, in the Ozark Mountains near Tahlequah. There they continue to teach privately and pursue their writing, art and stream work projects. Dave and Emily are in demand as a lecturers on fly fishing and conservation throughout the world.