Kathy Scott is the author of five books: Letters to Everett Garrison, Brook Trout Forest, Changing Planes, Headwaters Fall as Snow, and Moose in the Water, Bamboo on the Bench. Her articles have appeared in The Planing Form, Midwest Fly Fishing, The Atlantic Salmon Journal, Fly Rod and Reel, Power Fibers, and several e-zines and blogs. She facilitates the Writers Roundtable at the Arts of the Angler annual event. Her DVD, Simple Furled Leaders, has sold in every state and 18 countries.
A lifelong educator, she developed curricula for fly fishing in schools, instituted a Varsity Fly Fishing Club, and taught roughly 175 middle school students to fly fish each year. An officer on the Maine State Councils of Trout Unlimited and the Atlantic Salmon Federation, she is an active and passionate conservation advocate. The American Museum of Fly Fishing honored Scott in their exhibit A Graceful Rise: 50 Women in the HIstory of Fly Fishing.
With her husband, acclaimed rod maker David Van Burgel, she teaches split bamboo rod making at the Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum. They were recently honored with the prestigious Bellinger Award for their high standards and contribution to their craft.