Kathryn Janet Maroun

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Maroun and What a Catch! Productions.
Photo courtesy of Kathryn Maroun.

Kathryn Janet Maroun was born in Montreal in 1967. She attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. That same year, she started a successful ceramic business, Paragon Pottery, designing and producing commercial and fine-art works. After selling the business ten years later, she moved to Toronto and began her fly-fishing career.

In 2003, Maroun founded What a Catch! Productions. One of the company’s main focuses is the production of its award-winning international television series, What a Catch!, which first aired on the Outdoor Life Network in 2005. Maroun writes, directs, produces, and hosts each show as the company showcases freshwater and saltwater fly-fishing adventures all over the world, from Mongolia to Costa Rica. She also uses this series as a vehicle to impress and promote the need for conservation of the environment and preservation of wildlife. The series has won nine international awards. What a Catch! Productions also designs and produces outdoor clothing and clothing accessories for women.

Maroun is the founder and volunteer executive director of Casting for Recovery Canada. Like its American counterpart, Casting for Recovery Canada hosts fly-fishing retreats across Canada for women who have survived breast cancer. Maroun has also served as a past national director for Trout Unlimited Canada and supports many conservation organizations. She is a certified Federation of Fly Fishers casting instructor (one of three Canadian women to have achieved this honor) and is working toward certification as a master fly-casting instructor.

Kathryn Maroun and her husband, Louis, live in Bermuda. Her production company continues to flourish, and What a Catch! is now in its seventh season. Maroun also continues to be the executive director of Casting for Recovery Canada. Her current project is to bring much-needed awareness about tick-borne illnesses and co-infections to fishing and hunting communities worldwide.


Note: this text was written in 2011.