Harry Middleton was a senior editor for Southern Living and wrote countless articles for periodicals such as the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Field & Stream, Smithsonian, Sierra, Gray's Sporting Journal, and more. He authored five books about fly fishing. He died in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1993. Ron Ellis is the author of Brushes with Nature: The Art of Ron Van Gilder and editor of In That Sweet Country: Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton and Of Woods & Waters: A Kentucky Outdoors Reader. His stories have been published in Sporting Classics, Kentucky Afield, Kentucky Monthly, and The Contemporary Sportsman, among others. Ellis is a 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Arts Council's Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in creative nonfiction. He lives in his native Kentucky.