Jim Rowinski has spent most of his career in pursuit of wild places and beautiful fish. In his first career, as a product developer, brand manager and design consultant for outdoor companies such as Orvis, L.L. Bean, Cabela's, Simms, and Ross Worldwide. Jim created such innovative products as the AquaStealth wading shoe and the T3 fly rod, and holds a number of patents for reel drag systems and other innovations. A former wilderness and river guide, he has taught photography and fly casting classes for over thirty years.
Jim's "second career" is a natural extension of his first. A passionate lifelong photographer, Jim left corporate life to establish Jim Rowinski Photography. Jim's photo credits appear in over ten books, including the Orvis Fly Casting Guide Book and the L.L. Bean Guide to Fly Casting, as well as numerous national magazines, catalogs, advertising and calendars. His latest book "Trout Water-In Pursuit of the World's Most Beautiful Fish", an illustrated biography of trout and trout fishing in America, highlights his mastery of the subject both through his detailed and personal essays and his stunning photography, and has received wide acclaim. Jim is the author of the Orvis Guide to Outdoor Photography, and co-author with his wife Kate of the L.L. Bean Guide to Outdoor Photography. His latest book collaboration with his wife, the beginning birder's primer "Joy of Birding" is illustrated with his photographs.
He and his wife Kate live in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia.