Norm Zeigler grew up gauging the seasons by the weather and wildlife on the marshes, estuaries and kettlehole ponds of Cape Cod. He earned a BA in English, with a minor in biology, from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He traveled extensively around the United States and Canada before moving to Germany in 1979.
From 1979-1994 Norm worked for European Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper for Americans in Europe. From 1988-1994 he was the paper’s travel/outdoor writer.
At the Stars and Stripes his travel assignments ranged from Moscow to Edinburgh, from Copenhagen to the Greek Isles and many places in between.
His outdoor assignments included: goose hunting in Eastern Germany; chamois hunting in the Bavarian Alps; trout fishing in Scotland, Denmark, Spain, Germany and other places; pheasant hunting in Yugoslavia (when it still was Yugoslavia); skiing in Austria; and camping throughout Europe.
A hefty rainbow trout from the Weisse Traun River in Bavaria.
Norm also covered major breaking news, including the exodus of ethnic Germans from the Soviet Union, changes in the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev, and Vice President Al Gore’s 1993 visit to Warsaw.
During his years in Europe he also took a leave of absence from European Stars and Stripes to work for the fledgling Cable News Network (CNN).
Norm is a member of Trout Unlimited, the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and Ducks Unlimited. He speaks and writes fluent German and has a private pilot’s license.
In November 1994 he moved with his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Grimm, and their two children, Travis and Katrina, to Sanibel Island, Florida. Norm and his family spend as much time as they can at their original (circa 1868) homesteader's cabin on the Beaverhead River in Dillon, Montana.
A 23 and 3/4 inch brown trout from Montana's Beaverhead River.
The Owner -- Norm Zeigler is an internationally renowned journalist, author, and fly fisherman. Norm's work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Fly Rod and Reel, Gray's Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, The FFF Fly Fisher, Florida Sportsman, The Stars and Stripes, Art of Angling Journal, Sporting Tales, Saltwater Fly Fishing, and Der Fliegenfischer. Norm is a contributing editor for Florida Sportsman and an outdoors columnist for The New York Times.
Norm is the author of two books: Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun: A Fly Fisher's European Journal, and Snook on a Fly. Chris Camuto in Gray's Sporting Journal called Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun, "The best home and away fly fishing book ever written." Bill Tapply, contributing editor to Field and Stream, described it as "a beautifully written, utterly engrossing account."
Nick Lyons, doyen of American fly fishing authors, called Snook on a Fly "the best introduction I know to a great saltwater game fish." Nelson Bryant, The New York Times outdoors columnist for 39 years, praised the book as "a love poem to the snook, a hard-fighting, acrobatic . . . species."
Both books are available from our shop.
In 1995 Norm created one of the most productive snook flies ever conceived: Norm's Crystal Schminnow (copyright Norm Zeigler).
Norm's Crystal Schminnow (c)
Though he originally designed the Schminnow for sight fishing for snook, it has also caught 56 other species, in both fresh and salt water. It has been written about in many publications, including The New York Times, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fisherman, The FFF Fly Fisher, Florida Sportsman, and Der Fliegenfischer.
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