About Tom

Tom McCoy
Tom McCoy

Lucky to get out of high school

…and more fortunate to have met the love of my life in 1967, I never would have guessed that I would be reading books, never mind writing them. Burdened with an undiagnosed learning disability that suppressed my ability to demonstrate who I was, or what I could do, I learned how to work, how to overcome, how to survive. Motivated by a family built around my wife and two sons, I found my way. I managed to go to college after the service, to compensate for my late start, to complete my education with a Masters in Science and became a professional in the public health field.

I collected accomplishments and moved along the continuum, becoming a division executive in a Fortune 50 organization before I was 40. What a ride. The next two and a half decades were a combination of peak experiences and crushing disappointments, which I survived with the love of my family, the respite I found on cold mountain streams in the company of trout, and a little help from my friends.

I am not a novelist

…or short story writer but a teller of stories. True stories. In retirement I have found the time to reflect on all I have experienced, to review the journals and binders filled with notes and letters. To polish (but not too much) the book for beginners: How to Fly Fish for Trout, which I wrote years earlier. To organize and edit letters to a friend into a series of three books titled Letters to Mack. My latest is How to Improve Your Fly Fishing & Catching. Recently I was on a committee of LITU which updated their fishing guide: Trout Fishing Long Island’s Spring Creeks. And I have written other books, essays and articles, some more personal than publishable.

I was recently honored to be included in the beautiful book America’s Favorite Flies

I am grateful for the self-publishing outlets we have today as I could not get the attention of the traditional publishers. I hope you enjoy my work.

Books by Tom McCoy

As you can see on this website

…I write a blog, do book reviews, recommend resources and more. I also do local presentations (libraries, clubs) on How to Fly Fish for Trout  as well as on various fishing travelogues.

I volunteer

…for Project Healing Waters, and Casting for Recovery. I am an active member of Long Island Trout Unlimited,  Long Island Flyrodders, Theodore Gordon FlyfishersCatskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and the Friends of Connetquot, as well as other worthy organizations.

If you have any questions

…or comments on the website, the books, or anything else, please go to Drop me a line and let me know.  I’d love to hear from you. 

I live  near the Long Island Sound (and all those stripers) with my wife of many years, and Otto, the poodle.  My sons and their families, including 3 grandchildren, are within reach – which makes me about as lucky a guy as you are destined to meet.