The Home Pool: Stories of Fly Fishing and Lesser Passions


  • Finalist in the 2009 Colorado Book Awards

16 short stories about fly fishing:

  • The Specter at Grizzly Hackle
  • Ute Creek Pass
  • Tying the Whip Finish
  • For the Sport of It
  • The View from Buffalo Mountain
  • The ...
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  • Finalist in the 2009 Colorado Book Awards

16 short stories about fly fishing:

  • The Specter at Grizzly Hackle
  • Ute Creek Pass
  • Tying the Whip Finish
  • For the Sport of It
  • The View from Buffalo Mountain
  • The Home Pool
  • Plus 10 more

Sixteen short stories evoke the passion of fly fishing and those who are entranced by the waters. Ducker dedicates this collection to his favorite "uncounted mountain lakes and twice as many unnamed streams" where he finds the inspiration for his fiction. His colorful characters include a cantankerous old man who refuses to leave his home and brings the sophisticated city developers to their knees, a young wife who outfishes and outsmarts the staid "good old boys" fishing club, a Hassidic scholar who astounds his fishing companions with his beginner's luck, and a father who can only understand his son when they share a rare afternoon of trout fishing. The enchantment of the water and the land fill these stories and remind readers of the magic of fishing their own home pools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811703864
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Ducker is the author of eight novels, including Dizzying Heights. He has fished throughout the world, including the Rocky Mountain West. His work has been published in literary journals, fly-fishing magazines, and Gray's Sporting Journal. He lives in Colorado.
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Table of Contents

List of Artwork     ix
The Specter at Grizzly Hackle     1
The Home Pool     11
Ute Creek Pass     19
The View from Buffalo Mountain     35
On Dry Land     59
The Green Lantern     67
For the Sport of It     85
I Can Prove It     101
The Tarpon off the Wall     107
What He Sees     113
Pargo (from Mooney in Flight)     117
Labor Day     123
The Retreat (from Marital Assets)     133
Tying the Whip Finish     137
The Pious Angler     143
The Last Season     165
Acknowledgments     175
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