An Angler's Astoria

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"Hughes' thesis seems to be that angling is a rare pleasure to be shared in print as well as enjoyed in person." --Steve Raymond, Flyfisher

"His views on conservation are especially refreshing with a depth of historical perspective and a clean line of reasoning that will grab your understanding first, then your emotions, unlike much of the standard rhetoric that omits that first step." --John Gierach

"An Angler's Astoria is full of the youthful ...

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Overview

Praise for the first edition

"Hughes' thesis seems to be that angling is a rare pleasure to be shared in print as well as enjoyed in person." --Steve Raymond, Flyfisher

"His views on conservation are especially refreshing with a depth of historical perspective and a clean line of reasoning that will grab your understanding first, then your emotions, unlike much of the standard rhetoric that omits that first step." --John Gierach

"An Angler's Astoria is full of the youthful exuberance of its author and his Pacific Northwest. Among so many books of doleful reminiscence (written by young men), Hughes's stories are oases." --Fly Fisherman

"Like his more formal works, An Angler's Astoria contains many lessons, the kind you come by honestly, if you grow up fishing a place you learn to love--homewaters, or heartwaters as it were--and ultimately become an aquatic entomologist-cum-expert fly fisher." --Seth Norman, California Fly Fisher

  • New edition of one of the books that launched Dave Hughes' career
  • 1st edition published by Frank Amato in 1982
  • New preface and a substantive, new, unpublished piece, Life Cycles
  • A reflective, exuberant collection of stories and essays about Hughes' home water near his hometown, Astoria, Oregon
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Editorial Reviews

California Fly Fisher - Larry Kenney
"I still think [An Angler's Astoria] is one of the nicest pieces of writing on Northwest angling that I've ever encountered, and I dip into its stories every couple of years... Hughes's epilogue is sad and moving and wise, and it makes this second edition of An Angler's Astoria well worth treasuring."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811712156
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,420,102
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Hughes is a highly respected fly-fishing writer with over two dozen books in print, including Trout from Small Streams: 2nd Edition, Handbook of Hatches: 2nd Edition, and Essential Trout Flies. He is a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and Flyfishing & Tying Journal and travels to speak at fly-fishing clubs and conclaves throughout the country. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

1 One Fish for Us All 1

2 Exploring 6

3 The Caddis Connection 10

4 A South-County River 13

5 A Coast Stream Primer 15

6 The Fishing Deer 20

7 Ben's Boy 22

8 Learn to Pee Before You Put Your Waders On 30

9 Troubled Waters, Troubled Trout 32

10 Metamorphosis 36

11 Lost Lakes 38

12 Free Advice 44

13 A Quiet Shout 46

14 The Telltale Deer 49

15 Home Waters 56

16 Friendly Persuasion 59

17 Bass Is a Four-Letter Word 63

18 The Ugly Duckling 68

19 Steelheading with Flies 71

20 The Purist in Winter 76

21 When the Rivers Are Dropping and Clearing 78

22 When the Rivers Are Low and Clear 91

23 Winter's Hope 105

24 A Failed Instinct 109

25 The Edges of Fishing 120

26 Sea-Run 123

27 Flies 141

28 Puzzled on the Pallix 146

29 Fly Fishing for Salmon 149

30 Coho 153

31 Bridge Fishermen 158

32 Kandoll's Explosion 161

33 The Ocean Fishery 167

34 A Fly-Fishing Lesson 169

35 The Golden Age of Astoria 177

36 Unlandable Lingcod 184

Conclusion 191

Epilogue 194

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