Dee Dauphinee's humor spices his tales about fly-fishing, traveling the world and life in Maine.

Denis “Dee” Dauphinee grew up in Bangor, the youngest of eight children, in a family with a long legacy of humor. His quick-witted father always seemed to have a joke at just the right moment. His mom had a good sense of humor too. He remembers spending much of his youth laughing.

So it’s of little surprise that his new book about fly-fishing, life and the natural wonders of Maine is full of laughs.

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Bushnell on Books

Among all the books written about fly fishing in recent years, Maine author Denis Dauphinee’s debut book, “Stoneflies & Turtleheads” is by far one of the best.

Dauphinee may be passionate about many things, but one things is certain: He loves fly fishing so much that he’s fished in South America, the Middle East, Europe, above the Arctic Circle, across the U.S. and, of course, here in Maine.

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Real ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’? Bangor author’s experience makes books shine

Not long ago, I was talking with a friend of mine. It turns out he knew Denis Dauphinee, an author I’d recently interviewed.

“He’s great. He is the real, live ‘Most Interesting Man in the World,’” my friend told me.

Can’t say that I disagree.

Dauphinee, who goes by “D,” has worked as a farmer, a photographer, a mountain climbing guide, a fishing guide and an orthopaedic physician’s assistant. He was a semi-pro football player in Vancouver, trying to catch on in the Canadian Football League. He has parlayed his photographic skills into global adventures that have taken him to El Salvador, Peru, the Arctic, Israel, Egypt and across Europe.

He also grows killer Russian red garlic.

And, luckily for us, he writes. Correction: He writes well.

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The River Home

Tucked into the north Maine woods, along the West Branch of the Penobscot River, is the fly fishing destination town of Roslyn. The river, and dozens of streams in the valley, are waters famous for the fish they hold.

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Highlanders without Kilts

Highlanders Without Kilts is a story of love, war, uncommon disaster, and triumph. In 1917, the world was embroiled in a terrible war, the likes of which had never been seen nor imagined. Canada, still a dominion of Great Britain, was early in the fight and sent seven-and-a half percent of its population to fight for King and Country, ultimately contributing a force of more than 600,000 soldiers, nurses and chaplains. 

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Stoneflies and Turtleheads

Denis "Dee" Dauphinee has been a farmer, photographer, orthopaedic physician's assistant, a climbing and fishing guide, and a writer contributing to several "small, almost unheard-of newspapers." He spent an entire decade wandering the earth, searching. For what, he didn't know. And everywhere he went, he fly fished...and usually got into some sort of trouble-or hurt-or both.

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