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He describes lakes and salt water too, but says those bodies of water are so large they’re hard to get to know, while most rivers “are comparatively small, and one feels that it is within the range of the mind to know them intimately. . . And in knowing a river intimately is a very large part of the joy of fly fishing.”

This Web Site – an electronic river in the great ocean of the Internet – is dedicated to those same principles.

About the producers of A River Never Sleeps

This site was “hatched” by the co-founders Mark Hume and Nick Didlick while streamside on a fishing trip a long time ago. They met in a Vancouver, B.C. city newsroom in 1989 when they were assigned to cover a long forgotten out-of-town assignment together.

Nick laughs when he remembers asking Mark:”Um, you don’t happen to fish do you? And you wouldn’t mind if we took an extra day and fished a local river would you?”.

To which Mark replied: “Only a day?”.

Since then they have fished many times and in many places and when the baggage on a trip gets tight they have even been known to share a fly rod!

Nick Didlick and Mark Hume first launched A River Never Sleeps in 2000, publishing it, with a few interruptions caused by life, until 2006, when it had an extended hiatus while the publishers pursued other distractions (i.e. real jobs).

March 2000 Issue of ARNS

Along the way dozens of writers, photographers and artists offered their work to help support the web site. Van Egan, a poet, writer, historian and close friend of Roderick Haig-Brown was an early and frequent contributor until his death in 2010.

Permission to use his iconic shot of Haig-Brown, coming out of the Line Fence Pool on the Campbell River in 1957, is one of his enduring gifts to us. We will miss Van and his contributions very much. Harvey Thommasen, Glenn Baglo, Mo Bradley, Peter McMullan (who with Pierce Clegg recently published ‘Babine’) were other early contributors who shared their fishing experiences with us from British Columbia, Ireland, Yukon, Manitoba, Alberta, Scotland, Fiji, West Virginia, and New Zealand. Loucas Raptis, Bob Wyatt, Mike Sturk, Mike Sayle, Margaret Munro, Stephen Hume, Les Brazier, Dave Hadden, Carl DeFazio, Kirk Wirsig, Hans van Klinken were among those who sent us articles, photographs or art work.

Some of that material can be found posted under Best of ARNS on this renewed site.


In returning to regular production we hope once again, with the help of friends from around the world, to turn this into the best celebration of fly fishing on the web. If you’d like to contribute, joining the collective of artists, photographers and writers who make the site what it is, please drop us an email. All submissions are treated with respect. As editors we like to present a range of voices and often run material we think is brilliant, but which likely wouldn’t be published in any of the commercial on-line or print magazines out there.

A River Never Sleeps.com is not a commercial publication. The few small ads you see provide enough income to pay the technical costs associated with keeping the site posted, but all the creative work is provided by the contributors without charge to us, and with charge to you. It is anglers sharing with anglers, the way they would if they met you on a river bank. We hope you enjoy it.

If you have stories you’d like to submit, books, videos or gear you’d like reviewed, or if you just want to make a general comment, contact Mark Hume at: editor@ariverneversleeps.com

If you have photos you want to submit, advertising inquiries or technical questions about our site, contact Nick Didlick at: webmaster@ariverneversleeps.com

The Team:

Mark Hume has been fly fishing for more than 40 years. He began, at about age eight, catching small trout in Penticton Creek using his hands. From there he graduated to a small, cheap fiberglass rod, a level wind reel (was it really made of tin?) and a can of earth worms. With no one to teach him, he had to learn from books and by watching others.

One day, on Muir Creek, Vancouver Island, he watched a fly fisherman catch a sea-run cutthroat. For his 16th birthday he got a fly rod, slept overnight in the back of his dad’s Ford Falcon on the banks of Muir, and the next day caught 10 sea-runs over 18 inches. There was no looking back. He guided for several years in Haida Gwaii, fly fishing for ocean coho out of Boston Whalers and has fished widely throughout British Columbia and the Canadian North.

Mark contributes fro the leading fly fishing magazines in North America, is the author of a trilogy of books – River of the Angry Moon, Run of the River and Adams River – and is co-author of Birds of the Raincoast. His work can be found in the anthologies Genius of Place and Northern Wild. His writing is profiled in the Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature and he currently is a national correspondent and columnist for The Globe and Mail.

Spring 2006 Issue of ARNSThere was no looking back.

Nick Didlick calls himself a professional fly fisherman and an amateur photographer, which is pretty strange, since he has been employed as a photographer for over 30 years. He is recognized as an expert in digital photography and guided both The Vancouver Sun and the National Post when they set up digital photo departments. He lectures widely in Canada and the United States on digital still and video photography. You can see his photography website at: http://nickdidlick.com

He began fishing for trout at age five or six, and like most children was captivated by the spirit of adventure that went along with every bobber and worm trip he took after school and on weekends with his fishing pals.

He began fly fishing in his early teens after he won a fly rod in a Bar Fishing Derby on the Fraser River, East of Vancouver, B.C and slowly took to fly fishing.  Nick has been head guide at the Pitt River Lodge for several years and can be found floating clients down the river in pursuit of steelhead, salmon, bull trout and rainbows any time he is free of his photographic career. Nick’s fly fish guiding website can be found at: http://flyfishingvancouver.com

Peter McMullan is a frequent contributor who got his start writing at the Belfast Telegraph, in Northern Ireland, before moving to the Nanaimo Daily Free Press, on Vancouver Island, where he became managing editor and fell in love with the local salmon rivers, which he still fishes.

Peter currently lives in Nanaimo with Daphne, his wife of 50 years. He was the manager of corporate communications for many years at BC Hydro, where he won the respect of journalists for his straight shooting and for never ducking a tough question. After ‘retiring’ he worked for ten years as communications manager for Canada’s national rugby team, and traveled to World Cups in New Zealand, France and South Africa. He writes for Island Fisherman, The Steelhead Review, Fly Fusion, Chasing Silver Magazine  and Living Rivers. He recently co-authored, with Pierce Clegg, Babine: A 50-Year Celebration of a World-renowned Steelhead and Trout River.

Bob Salisbury is a frequent contributor who has been fascinated by shooting and fishing for as long as he can remember. He has written numerous articles for the Shooting Times, Sporting Gun, Australian Hunter and contributes monthly to the Irish Shooter’s Digest and Irish Angler’s Digest.

For the past 10 years Bob and his wife, Rosemary, have been developing a wildlife conservation area of lakes, woodland and meadows in the area where they live in Northern Ireland. Bob still finds time to go afield with his dog, his gun and his fly rod. He recently wrote Days With Dog & Gun, which is available through Amazon.com.