The Best Fishing Stories Ever Told


Legendary fishing writer Nick Lyons has selected the best fishing stories bar none in this one-of-a-kind collection. Included here are works by:

If it swims and can be landed with a rod, line, and hook, it's featured here, as are locations from around the world. Fishermen nationwide will embrace this book.

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Legendary fishing writer Nick Lyons has selected the best fishing stories bar none in this one-of-a-kind collection. Included here are works by:

If it swims and can be landed with a rod, line, and hook, it's featured here, as are locations from around the world. Fishermen nationwide will embrace this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080563
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/8/2010
  • Series: Best Stories Ever Told Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 678,703
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Lyons is the editor of Hemingway on Fishing, The Best Fishing Stories Ever Told, The Quotable Fisherman, and The Little Red Book of Dad's Wisdom. He has written over twenty books, mainly on fishing, in addition to hundreds of articles on the subject, which have appeared in such magazines as Harper’s, Outside, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Fly Fisherman. He splits his time between New York City and Woodstock, New York.

David Halberstam (1934-2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War, his work on politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American culture, and his later sports journalism.

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Table of Contents

Foreword-A Memoir David Halberstam ix

Introduction Nick Lyons xv

Part I Early Days-of it and Us

The Primitive Fish-Hook Barnet Phillips 4

Ælian-The Macedonian Invention, or the First Mention of an Artificial Fly William Radcliffe 14

The Compleat Angler (selections) Izaak Walton Charles Cotton 22

Trout: Meeting Them on the "June Rise" "Nessmuk" 45

Trouting Along the Catasauqua Frank Forester 51

Some Memories of Early Days Lord Grey of Falloden 57

Fishing with My Daddy Jimmy Carter 68

The River God Roland Pertwee 72

Part II The Warm Water Mix

"They're in the River" John McPhee 88

The Black Bass as a Game Fish James A. Henshall 92

Red, White, and Bluegill Ted Leeson 107

Sacred Eels James Prosek 111

The 'Lunge Stewart Edward White 125

Carp Fishing Frank Forester 132

Bow-fin Fishing in the South Slang Rowland E. Robinson 135

A Big Muskellunge W. N. Hull 142

The Shanty Jerry Gibbs 146

Fishing in the Ohio John James Audubon 153

Part III A Touch of Salt

The Angler and the Weakfish Charles Bradford 162

Sharks on the Shell Bars Vereen Bell 167

The Saga of the Yellowfin Mark Sosin 175

Keeping Busy When Not on the Casting Deck Lefty Kreh 179

The Tarpon of Turner's River A. W. Dimock 182

The Island Margot Page 193

Trailing the Sea-Bat Charles F. Holder 201

Byme-by-Tarpon Zane Grey 213

Skelton's Party (selection) Thomas McGuane 217

Part IV Trout and the Lure of Feathers

The Lakes at Inhluzane Tom Sutcliffe 224

2000 Words of Heartfelt Advice Verlyn Klinkenborg 229

First of April William Senior 234

The Evolution of a Fly Fisher Joan Salvato Wulff 239

A Bit of Luck Harry Plunket-Greene 243

Fishing with a Worm Bliss Perry 246

The Value of Observation George M. L. LaBranche 256

Two Old Trout of the Pools, and the Little Dry-Fly that Finally Accomplished Their Ruin Emlyn Gill 266

The Finest Trout in the World Harry Plunket-Greene 271

Nothing Fishy About Trout Dave Barry 274

In Praise of Trout-And Also Me Paul O'Neil 277

Part V Some Adventures on Water

The Miramachi it ain't, so all right, it's 116th St. John Bryan 296

Memories of Mahseer P. R. Bairnsfather 302

The One that Got Away (selection) Howell Raines 311

Part VI Anglers All-and Matters Philosophic

The Man Who Lived Two Lives in One: Zane Grey Robert H. Boyle 316

The Angler Washington Irving 328

What and Who is an Angler? Thaddeus Norris 336

Note to Don Juan, Canto XIII Lord Byron 343

A Painter, an Angler, and Some Others William Scrope 344

Fishing Reverend Thomas Bastard 354

Crazy for Rivers (selection) Bill Barich 355

A River Runs Through It (selection) Norman Maclean 359

On Norman Maclean John Maclean 375

A Single Step George Reiger 377

The Even-Tempered Angler (selection) Louis Rubin 379

What's in a Name? Howard Frank Mosher 382

The Solitary and Friendly Sport R. Palmer Baker, Jr. 385

Midstream Crisis Lamar Underwood 390

Blue Dun Frank Mele 397

Part VII Classic Fishing Stories

Storytelling on the Thames Jerome K. Jerome 412

Ol' Settler of Deep Hole Irving Bacheller 418

The Lucy Coffin W. D. Wetherell 424

Crocker's Hole R. D. Blackmore 436

A Fatal Salmon Frank Forester 450

A Gallant Poacher John Buchan 459

Brannigan's Trout Nick Lyons 467

A Fatal Success Henry van Dyke 480

On Dry-Cow Fishing as a Fine Art Rudyard Kipling 488

The Hole Guy De Maupassant 493

The Lady or the Salmon? Andrew Lang 499

Fish Are Such Liars! Roland Pertwee 505

A Wedding Gift John Taintor Foote 521

Mr. Theodore Castwell G. E. M. Skues 544

Acknowledgments 549

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