Dick Alley
I was born in Manchester and raised in Rockville, until I was 17, then Dad's new job took me to Westport, CT where I spent most of my adult life. I married, raised a family and enjoyed an exciting 27 year career in law enforcement, retiring in 1985. I learned that good report writing was  essential for good police work and soon learned that I could apply the skills I learned in the Police Academy to my favorite hobbies in the outdoors.
I started with a fishing column in the Westport Town Crier in the early 1960's and wrote thousands of stories for newspapers and magazines over the years.  I've never missed a week without writing something for one or more publications since the start. Some of my credits include the Westport News, Norwalk News, New England Fisherman, New Haven Register, Game & Fish Pubications, Outdoor Life, Salt Water Sportsman and others. I've been fortunate to fish throughout the northeast and to cover fishing events like the Bassmaster's Classic in Birmingham, Ala., and bass tournaments in Nashville. I've traveled throughout the New England States, doing stories on numerous party and charter boats on everything from deep sea fishing for cod, pollock and halibut to exotic species like tuna and swordfish. I've had columns outside the fishing world as well. I did some extra reporting with the Westport News after I retired from the police department and also did a human interest column in Westport. I am a former member of the Outdoor Writer's Association of America (OWAA) and remain a member of the New England Outdoor Writer's Association (NEOWA). I am a former member of the Citizen's Advisory Council to the DEP, and was an advisor from CT on the striped bass advisory Council for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. These days I like to write about life's memories, fishing adventures and more. It's fun recalling fishing days on the "Pape", my days in the tobacco fields, the early days and photo's rom Maple Street School. Those are the memories I want to write about.     Dick Alley
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