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.
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.
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.