Kirk Deeter named new editor of TROUT Magazine


Kirk Deeter and son Paul out fishing

From: Trout Unlimited

Long-time journalist, editor will lead Trout Unlimited’s signature publication

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Trout Unlimited today named Kirk Deeter, renowned journalist, editor and author, as the newest editor of TROUT Magazine, the conservation organization’s flagship publication. Deeter replaces Steve Kinsella, who is leaving TROUT to pursue other opportunities.

“Steve Kinsella did a remarkable job putting out a great magazine,” said TU’s President and CEO, Chris Wood. “Kirk is the perfect choice to continue that good work and to pilot TROUT into a new era. As TU continues to grow, TROUT will become increasingly important to anglers who understand the connection between healthy habitat and quality fishing, and who want to get more involved in conservation. Kirk will contribute greatly to the magazine’s future while still honoring TROUT’s rich history and industry-leading standards.”

Deeter is deeply involved in the fly fishing world. In addition to his new responsibilities at TROUT, he’s also an editor-at-large for Field & Stream, writes the FlyTalk blog at, and serves as co-publisher of Angling Trade magazine.  He also pens a column for

“TROUT is the Gold Standard in this industry,” Deeter said, “and I take my new responsibilities very seriously. I’ve been a Trout Unlimited member for years, and I’ve long admired TU and the work it does on behalf of fish and fishing all over the country. Serving its members through the pages of TROUT, and helping them channel their passion for fishing into helping TU accomplish its goals is something I’m very excited to take on.”

TROUT Magazine publishes quarterly and is delivered to all 140,000 TU members all over the country. The award-winning magazine’s spring 2012 issues hits newsstands next week.

In addition to his regular work as a writer and editor, Deeter is also the author of a number of books. His most recent book is The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, co-authored with the late Denver Post outdoors writer Charlie Meyers.

Trout Unlimited is a non-profit organization with more than 147,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook on Twitter via @TroutUnlimited.



  1. Great news. I’m a TU member so I receive, and enjoy Trout Magazine. I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy it, even more, now. Congrats, Mr. Deeter!

  2. It’s like a four-star general getting another star. Congratulations Kirk, but your resume was already pretty dang impressive. The true beneficiaries here are TU and the readership of TROUT Magazine. Oh, and Go Blue!

  3. This is so great – especially with Kirk’s ability to connect with such a wide audience, and has the chops to inspire people to get off the couch and do something more for our rivers and be a bit bigger than themselves. And having another Colorado boy pushing the envelope will be a great thing! Yes!

  4. Dietmar Grimm on

    We’re thrilled to have Kirk on board. He is going to be a wonderful contributor to bringing TROUT and TU overall to the next level.

  5. Kirk Deeter on

    Thank you all. I am very grateful for the support, and eager to get rolling. Big shoes to fill.

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