Raised in Georgia, Paul Fersen has spent much of his life outdoors. His wide-ranging career has included stints as a professional football player, a dairy farmer, and a writer of essays and books—and through it all, Paul has always found time for his true passions: hunting and fishing. He has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Alaska, and has helped to introduce countless enthusiasts to the sporting life.
Paul has been with The Orvis Company for 18 years, starting as the outdoor copywriter and editor of The Orvis News. Since then he has worked in both the wholesale and retail fishing divisions of the company, and is now the Manager of Sales Activism, overseeing the work of Orvis’s team of copywriters. Paul is still an avid duck and turkey hunter and spends most of his fishing time in pursuit of striped bass on the Northeast coast. He has been published in Gray's Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fish America, Canoe Magazine, Yankee Magazine, writes a quarterly column for Stratton magazine, and co-authored the book The Art of Fly Fishing. He has also written two books about sporting lodges: Great Hunting Lodges of North America and Great Fishing Lodges of North America, as well as a memoir, A Peach Tree in an Apple Orchard.
Paul lives in southern Vermont.