Every Day Was Special: A Fly Fisher's Lifelong Passion

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"It?s been a lifelong, ever-expanding journey, with many big fish and faraway waters and dramatic moments . . . and yet I don?t think any of those moments or any of those places or fish has thrilled me any more than seeing the twitch of my fly line where it entered the muddy waters of my backyard pond . . .?

In this collection of fly-fishing stories from acclaimed novelist and outdoor writer William G. Tapply, the natural appeal of fly fishing comes to life. Each story in Every ...

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Overview

"It’s been a lifelong, ever-expanding journey, with many big fish and faraway waters and dramatic moments . . . and yet I don’t think any of those moments or any of those places or fish has thrilled me any more than seeing the twitch of my fly line where it entered the muddy waters of my backyard pond . . .”

In this collection of fly-fishing stories from acclaimed novelist and outdoor writer William G. Tapply, the natural appeal of fly fishing comes to life. Each story in Every Day Was Special was previously published in Tapply’s back-page column, “Reading the Currents” in American Angler, or in Gray’s Sporting Journal, or in Field & Stream. From “Dam It” to “First Light” to “When Trout Get Antsy,” these thirty re-readable pieces are unique in their own ways, and yet, all are classic Tapply. These writings serve as testament to the thrill of fishing, the inimitable energy of casting at daybreak, and the innocence of streamside summers.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe

Tapply is a writer with a fine eye and an acute sense of place.

Jay Cassell
“Bill Tapply is a terrific writer.”
Ted Leeson
“Tapply is unassuming and funny, practical and wry.”
From the Publisher
“He approaches the deeper, subtle questions at the heart of the sport.”
Slaton White
“Tapply has a rare gift of transport.”
Library Journal
Tapply, who passed away last year, published his outdoors writing in such periodicals as American Angler, Gray's Sporting Journal, and Field & Stream (he also authored the Brady Coyne mystery novels). He possessed what makes a writer truly special: the ability to take a topic as esoteric as fly-fishing and write about it in a way that interests not just specialists but general readers. Every Day Was Special collects his fly-fishing pieces, and while they will surely interest those looking to pick up some trout-catching tips, those who enjoy genuinely good writing about the outdoors will be drawn in as well. VERDICT Tapply clearly knows his stuff. His knowledge of royal wulffs, wooly buggers, and Chernobyl ants will demonstrate this to those who share his wisdom. Those who don't can content themselves with his evocative descriptions of summer streams, elusive fish, and the elements of life that gave the author joy. Recommended for all enthusiasts of outdoor writing, whether or not they are fly fishers.—John Helling, Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Cty. P.L., IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626364028
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 432,904
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Tapply (1940–2009) was the author of thirty mystery and suspense novels; a dozen books about hunting and fishing, including Trout Eyes; and hundreds of articles, stories, and essays about bird hunting, fly fishing, writing, and other subjects for numerous publications. He was a columnist for American Angler, a contributing editor for Field & Stream, and Upland Almanac and a regular contributor to Gray’s Sporting Journal and Shooting Sportsman.

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.

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