Items once belonging to John Voelker, AKA Robert Traver, including books, a notepad, manuscript pages, a green pen, and a tin cup.

The 2021 Traver Award Winners

Robert ChamberlinThe John D. Voelker Foundation…


Items once belonging to John Voelker, AKA Robert Traver, including books, a notepad, manuscript pages, a green pen, and a tin cup.

The Lower Squall

by Paul KennebeckHe remembered his father telling him this was an act of grace:…


Items once belonging to John Voelker, AKA Robert Traver, including books, a notepad, manuscript pages, a green pen, and a tin cup.

Pretending to Listen

by Paige Wallace“I promise to pretend to listen when you talk about fly…


Items once belonging to John Voelker, AKA Robert Traver, including books, a notepad, manuscript pages, a green pen, and a tin cup.

Solitude

by Mike ChalmersI was still in C Block—before they put me on death row—when I…


A watercolor of a girl standing at the edge of woodland pool, holding a rod straight up in the air, a fish clearly on the other end of the line. A man stands next to her.

Simon's Daughter

by Jody MartinI let the truck coast to a stop a couple of hundred yards uphill…


Blue Lines

by Alexander BenoîtThe first map I made was of my grandfather’s garden, which I…


The Best Fish I Ever Caught

by David Gray-CloughA question sometimes asked in our angling club, usually…


Grace Note

by Michael ThaneAlthough I had fished this tailwater for twenty-seven years, it…


The 2020 Traver Award Winners

The John D. Voelker Foundation and the American…


The 2019 Traver Award Winners

Changing Flies by Rod Crossman. Oil (24 x 30…