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

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

by Ted Leeson
     
 

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Originally published in 1994, this book was a fly-fishing phenomenon in the way Howell Raines’s Fly Fishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis was. Taking his fishing hobby to near metaphysical levels, Ted Leeson tells about his passions: rivers, trout, and fly fishing. With wry humor and rare insight, he explores questions that engage most fishermen: What

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Originally published in 1994, this book was a fly-fishing phenomenon in the way Howell Raines’s Fly Fishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis was. Taking his fishing hobby to near metaphysical levels, Ted Leeson tells about his passions: rivers, trout, and fly fishing. With wry humor and rare insight, he explores questions that engage most fishermen: What is it about rivers that draws us so irresistibly, and why does fly fishing seem such an aptly suited response? Above all, The Habit of Rivers is about ways of seeing the wonderfully textured world that emanates from a river.

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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.)
Library Journal
``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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592289547
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
272,980
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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