Fly Fishing Anthology

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The Fly Fishing Anthology features glorious artwork and more than twenty stories and essays celebrating, reminiscing, and bemoaning the high sport of fly fishing. This first-of-its-kind book is divided into six themed chapters. The first chapter features stories of initiation—none painless and all memorable. Chapter two explores the glorious vistas of fly fishing country. In the third chapter, our writers go nuts for trout, that highest echelon of game fish. Chapter four examines the seductive art of fly-tying. ...

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Overview

The Fly Fishing Anthology features glorious artwork and more than twenty stories and essays celebrating, reminiscing, and bemoaning the high sport of fly fishing. This first-of-its-kind book is divided into six themed chapters. The first chapter features stories of initiation—none painless and all memorable. Chapter two explores the glorious vistas of fly fishing country. In the third chapter, our writers go nuts for trout, that highest echelon of game fish. Chapter four examines the seductive art of fly-tying. The fifth chapter is devoted to reminiscences, and the final chapter defends the great sport of fly fishing. More than half of the pieces take jabs—some gentle, some sharp—at the sport of fly fishing and the men and women who aim to master it. Highlights include John Gierach’s Keillor-esque vision of a sleepy Colorado trout fishing town jolted awake by the age of neoprene waders and Latin terminology, Charles Elliott fly fishing for the elusive bone-fish at the elbow of baseball great Ted Williams, and newcomer George Tichenor self-deprecating with cheerful aplomb as he practices casting a fly on the revered Willowemoc. The writing represents the best that fly fishing literature has to offer. In these pages, dry fly master George LaBranche argues with passionate conviction that dry fly fishing is the highest art of angling. Zane Grey waxes poetic on the wild, lonely beauty of his beloved West, and sports-writing genius Red Smith wrests a hilarious, epic tale out of an amateur fly tier’s first Silver Tip pattern. Of course, the fly fishing legends are present in these pages, including Cornelia ""Fly Rod"" Crosby, G. E. M. Skues, and Joan Salvato Wulff.

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Of all the subject areas of sporting literature, fly fishing has generated the most books. The sport has also produced many talented writers, and some of the true greats-Joan Wulff, Zane Grey, Robert Travers, and G.E.M. Skues-are represented in this beautifully illustrated work from the editors of Voyageur Press. As should be the case with anthologies, the coverage ranges widely. Three pieces are devoted to the fine art of fly-tying, and there are delightful excursions into nostalgia, a spicing of musings and meanderings beloved by anglers, and a sampling of the wild, beautiful places where disciples of the gentle art ply the long wand and whistling line. It's always easy with a work of this sort to complain about omissions (in this case, American fly-fishing icons Lee Wulff and Nick Lyons). Still, this is an eye-catching book that contains 20 wonderful tales sure to tempt readers the way a properly presented Green Drake pattern will lure a wary brown trout during a heavy hatch.-Jim Casada, Past President, Outdoor Writers Assn. of America Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896586550
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One
To Make a Fly Fisherman
Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis by Howell Raines
The River God by Roland Pertwee
I’m No Ted Williams by Charles Elliott
Chapter Two
Fly Fishing Country
A Quiet Week by John Gierach
Colorado Trails by Zane Grey
Fishing the Rhone Canal by Ernest Hemingway
Big Secret Trout by Robert Travers
Chapter Three
Trout Fever
Mr. Theodore Castwell by G. E. M. Skues
Backyard Trout by Burton Spiller
Potter’s Fancy by Corey Ford
I, Fisherman by George Tichenor
Chapter Four
The Art of Fly-tying
What Do You Do With All Your Spare Time? by Louise Dickinson Rich
Hooked by Jan Zita Grover
Art of Fly-tying is Set Back 2900 Years by Red Smith
Chapter Five
Fly Fishing Days Gone By
In Pursuit of Bass by Joan Salvato Wulff
Upon the Earth Below by Gordon MacQuarrie
No Wind in the Willows by Russell Chatham
Chapter Six
In Defense of Fly Fishing
The Point of View by George LaBranche
Fishing Jewelry by Sigurd F. Olson
Blood Knots by Mallory Burton
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Don't bother

    Of all the good angling titles out there, I wonder why anyone would bother with this one.

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