The Habit of Rivers: Reflections on Trout Streams and Fly Fishing

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With wry humor and rare insight, The Habit of Rivers tells the story of Leeson's passion for rivers, trout, and fly fishing, and his experiences as a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest - "the land of unceasing seasons."
Leeson looks beneath the surface of fly fishing to explore questions that engage most fishermen: What is the strange gravity of a trout stream? Why are we so irresistibly drawn to rivers? Why does fly fishing seem such an aptly suited response? Above ...

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Overview

With wry humor and rare insight, The Habit of Rivers tells the story of Leeson's passion for rivers, trout, and fly fishing, and his experiences as a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest - "the land of unceasing seasons."
Leeson looks beneath the surface of fly fishing to explore questions that engage most fishermen: What is the strange gravity of a trout stream? Why are we so irresistibly drawn to rivers? Why does fly fishing seem such an aptly suited response? Above all, The Habit of Rivers is a book about ways of seeing the wonderfully textured world that emanates from a river. In pursuing these paths, Leeson finds everything from salmon, steelhead, and trout, to drift boats, art, insects, gravity, death, philosophy, books, fly tying, and microbreweries - and links them together with an intelligence that is provocative, witty, and illuminating.  The Habit of Rivers begins with a deep respect for trout and trout streams, and ends in wisdom earned by hard and faithful attention to the natural world. 

Philosophy and natural history mingle in this remarkable and evocative collection of essays from an avid angler. Leeson, contributing editor to Fly Rod & Reel magazine touches on a variety of subjects: death, art, sex, fly-tying and other mysteries.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Of all sports, fishing has the richest literature and, in number of titles, seemingly the most of any hobby save chess. This volume outshines all recent entries. As an English professor at Oregon State University, Leeson is amply qualified to write a literate angling book, but his lambent, fluid prose, graced with wit and warmth, far transcends such concepts as qualification. ``The craft of angling is the catching of fish. But the art of angling is a responsiveness . . . letting one thing lead to another until . . . you realize some small completeness.'' These essays are small, elegant completions opening windows to the rivers of the Pacific Northwest mostly eastern Oregon's Columbia River Basin. In a flyfisher's dialect, Leeson tells an angler's story with the full-throated voice of a naturalist. Those who wonder what it is they're really after out there in the stream will find the answer here. Leeson's work belongs on the shelf next to that of Annie Dillard, John McPhee, Barry Lopez and others of their stripe and speckle. Mar.
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``The fishing here is invariably superb; always, it's the catching that's up for grabs.'' Such is the refreshing, sometimes humorous, always gracefully expressed philosophy of Leeson. He believes that fly fishing can take one outside oneself and help one develop new ways of seeing. Leeson fishes as much as 100 days a year; writes for Field & Stream , Fly Rod & Reel , and other magazines; teaches English; ties flies; and knows the literature of the field. Yet this is not a how-to, or what-with, but rather a passionate celebration of the attractions of rivers, trout, and fishing. As in Howell Raines's Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis LJ 9/15/93, the arts of angling, writing, and living are blended. Public and academic libraries should acquire this fine book.-- Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592289547
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Leeson’s essays and articles have appeared in Fly Fisherman, Field & Stream, The Utne Reader, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Men’s Journal, and Fly Rod & Reel. He teaches English at Oregon State University in Corvallis and lives in Corvallis, Oregon. 

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