A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge

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This new edition of A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge offers readers a chance to revisit a contemporary classic of fly fishing literature, a book that takes the reader through a year of fly fishing backcountry mountain streams from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Camuto's love of trout fishing is wedded to a keen awareness of both history and nature. Although the author has fished for trout from Oregon to Russia, he still lives in the shadow of the Blue Ridge and still considers its trout streams to be the best rivers he has...

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Overview

This new edition of A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge offers readers a chance to revisit a contemporary classic of fly fishing literature, a book that takes the reader through a year of fly fishing backcountry mountain streams from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Camuto's love of trout fishing is wedded to a keen awareness of both history and nature. Although the author has fished for trout from Oregon to Russia, he still lives in the shadow of the Blue Ridge and still considers its trout streams to be the best rivers he has ever fished.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A treasure for any fly fisherman."—Nick Lyons

"The best book about fly-fishing to come along in some years."—Verlyn Klinkenborg, Fly Rod & Reel

"A series of deeply moving essays on an American region by an angler with an eye for detail and a poet's way with the language. Camuto's first book reminds one of Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, even Thoreau."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"A book that is both environmental journalism and literary celebration—both human history and natural history. Very few fishing writers can do all these things at once, and even fewer can do them as well as [Camuto] has."—The Flyfisher

"A work of homage to wild native brook trout."—New York Times Book Review

"The kind of book you pull down from the shelf on a windy, cold January evening, after you've put another log on the fire and poured a big mug of coffee. It will move you onto a May trout stream in just a paragraph. . . . [Camuto's] look into the Blue Ridge Mountains goes well beyond the minimizing haze. He is as good a researcher and analyst as he is a writer."—Newsday

"One of the best written fishing books that has crossed our desk in many years."—Virginia Daily

"This isn't your usual how-to book about what to buy, what to use, what prayer to say in order to win the Governor's Trophy. Rather, it concerns the experience of fishing as a relaxing, enjoyable recreation, without hoopla and tournaments. Get it at any bookstore. You'll find this small volume perfect for a pleasant fireside evening, especially if you are concerned about the future of angling."—Virginia Gazette

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The free-running love of wild trout and trout rivers in these 11 linked articles nearly overflows the cycle-of-the-fisherman's-year structure meant to contain it. Camuto's style is informed by what premier angling essayist Roderick Haig-Brown has described as the ``power, grace, and associations'' of rivers. From the chill opening piece, ``Solstice,'' on the obsessive joys of fishing in winter, to ``Autumn Brown on the Rose,'' the author carries us down a half-dozen remote wild trout waters of the Shenandoah Valley. The essays draw in the tributaries of the area's rich folklore, complex geology and colonial history--including the evidence of pollution and stress on the watershed--and emerge as a strong voice for real wilderness: ``If the mountains can be said to have a consciousness, it is to be found in these trout.'' Camuto's first book ranks with angling's best by Nick Lyons, Norman McLean and Haig-Brown, and should appeal to a wide naturalist audience. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The author, a writer and photographer who has contributed to Fly Fisherman, Trout , and Sierra magazines, here lovingly describes fly fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the sport can be pursued while savoring the region's enchanting variety of fauna and flora. In a dynamic but low key series of 11 essays, he weaves a colorful, delicate tapestry of words around his pursuit of the wild trout, placing it in the context of the revolving, kaleidoscopic seasons of nature and giving the reader a new understanding of this magical world. Recommended for any outdoor-lover who appreciates fly fishing and excellent writing.-- Eugene J. Millich, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., LaCrosse correction: The final sentence in the re view of Steve Grooms's Pheasant Hunter's Harvest (LJ 9/15/90) should have read ``Rec ommended for public libraries, particularly those west of the Mississippi River,'' not east of the Mississippi.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820323046
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,411,539
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Camuto is author of A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge and Another Country (both available from Georgia). He has written for a wide range of publications, including Field and Stream, Fly Fisherman, Sports Afield, and Sierra. Camuto is also the book review columnist for Audubon and Gray's Sporting Journal and writes the "Watersheds" column for Trout Unlimited's Trout magazine.

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Table of Contents

The Same Rivers Twice Introduction to the 2001 Edition xi
Solstice
I. The Trout in the Mountains 3
Mimesis
II. Blue Ridge Complex 22
Bloodroot
III. The Blue Rivers 44
Shadows in the stream
IV. A Moveable Feast 65
Air and rain
V. The Web in the River 88
Perfect cover
VI. Still Pools 114
Habitat
VII. The Heart of the Country 135
Watersheds
VIII. Autumn Brown on the Rose 159
Strong brown god
IX. Old Fires 180
Rivers that get away
X. Looking for the End of the Year 201
Custom and ceremony
XI. Riverrun 223
Bibliographical Note 235
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