Traver on Fishing

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No one wrote with more warm, downhome affection for fly fishing than the late Robert Traver. He especially loved fishing for his beloved and bejeweled native brook trout on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, mostly on what he called "Frenchman's Pond," near Ishpeming. The tales he told made two memorable books, Trout Madness and Trout Magic; text for a brilliant story in photographs (Anatomy of a Fisherman); and numerous essays and stories in a wide variety of magazines. His prose gives us, as Arnold Gingrich has said, ...
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Overview

No one wrote with more warm, downhome affection for fly fishing than the late Robert Traver. He especially loved fishing for his beloved and bejeweled native brook trout on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, mostly on what he called "Frenchman's Pond," near Ishpeming. The tales he told made two memorable books, Trout Madness and Trout Magic; text for a brilliant story in photographs (Anatomy of a Fisherman); and numerous essays and stories in a wide variety of magazines. His prose gives us, as Arnold Gingrich has said, "that wonderful, relaxed, lazy, unhurried and unflustered, comfortable 'old shoe' feeling, page after page." Traver on Fishing collects the best that the old judge wrote about his favorite sport -- tall tales, strange happenings, and true lore, including his famous "Testament of a Fisherman." This book is a marvelous catch of wit, wisdom, and anecdote sure to delight everyone who enjoys a master story-teller, who just happens to write here about his wonderful world of trout fishing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592281534
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: On Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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ROBERT TRAVER (1903 - 1991), the pseudonym for John D. Voelker, was an associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court when his novel Anatomy of a Murder (later made into a classic movie with Jimmy Stewart) rocketed him to national fame. soon afterward, in his mid-fifties, he quit the bench in order to write and fish and hunt morels near Ishpeming, Michigan. His eleven books include Hornstein's Boy, The Jeaolous Mistress, Anatomy of a Murder, and A Small Town D.A.

NICK LYONS, a former professor of English at Hunter College, was John Voelker's editor for Trout Magic. He writes frequently about fishing and lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction XV
from Trout Madness (1960)
Preface 3
The First Day 7
The Fish Car 15
Big Secret Trout 21
Lost Atlantis 29
Back-Yard Trout Fishing 39
Little Panama 45
Paulson, Paulson, Everywhere 55
The Haunted Pond 61
The Intruder 69
These Tired Old Eyes ... 79
Spots Before the Eyes 87
The Old and the Proud 103
The Last Day 107
from Anatomy of a Fisherman (1964)
Behold the Fisherman
The Return of the Native
The Other Side of the Coin
Shangri-La, Jr.
Portrait of Truth ...
On Trout Fishing and the Sturdy Virtues
Fish-and-Tell Fishermen
Are All Fishermen Alike?
Experts and Duffers
The Favorite Fly
The Frugal Fisherman 123
Fellowship and All That
My Favorite Spot
On Buying a New Fly Rod
Deceit, Dementia, and Fine Leaders or Are All Fishermen Crazy?
Fisherman versus Hunter 137
from Trout Magic (1974)
Sins My Father Taught Me (With apologies to him and Dvorak) 143
A Flick of the Favorite Fly 157
A Kind of Fishing Story or, The Night I Lost to Jack Sharkey 171
Fly Fishermen: The World's Biggest Snobs 177
Size Is Not the Measure 187
D. McGinnis: Guide 193
Kiss-and-Tell Fishermen 209
Hoarding the Cast 219
Morris the Rodmaker 225
The Fishing Story Life Missed 231
First Day, Last Day 241
Some Early, Some Late
Fishermen at Night--Story, May 1938 245
Showdown at Cedar Swamp--Rod & Reel, May/June 1981 249
Gamboling at Frenchman's--from Waters Swift and Still, 1982 255
Loon Calls on the Polecat--Fly Fisherman, May 1984 267
My Friend, My Friend--from Seasons of the Angler, 1988 277
Treed by Trout--Michigan Natural Resources magazine, July/August 1989 287
Dangling Angling Genes--Fly Rod & Reel, May/June 1990 295
Two Profiles
If Trout Could Talk--Norris McDowell, 1993 305
On His Own Terms--Rich Vander Veen and Fred Baker, Michigan Bar Journal, May 2000 313
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