True Love and the Woolly Bugger

Overview

When is "sex, death, and fly fishing" not about the life cycle of an insect? When you read the tales in True Love and the Woolly Bugger, where trout, tarpon, and bonefish are skillfully interwoven with all the experiences - funny, happy, and sad - that beset or bless anglers. Dave Ames writes about completely unforgettable characters: a laid-back Bahamian fishing guide who stalks "gourmet" food; a tattooed, motorcycle-riding, fly-fishing beauty who teaches the hero a thing or two; his perverse and driven fishing ...
See more details below
Paperback (First Edition)
$10.95
BN.com price
(Save 26%)$14.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (26) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $6.86   
  • Used (16) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

When is "sex, death, and fly fishing" not about the life cycle of an insect? When you read the tales in True Love and the Woolly Bugger, where trout, tarpon, and bonefish are skillfully interwoven with all the experiences - funny, happy, and sad - that beset or bless anglers. Dave Ames writes about completely unforgettable characters: a laid-back Bahamian fishing guide who stalks "gourmet" food; a tattooed, motorcycle-riding, fly-fishing beauty who teaches the hero a thing or two; his perverse and driven fishing buddies - who continually push the envelope of sanity and good judgment.The signature chapter, "True Love," takes you to the Bob Marshall Wilderness to fish for arctic grayling and cutthroat trout, and to learn about lifelong love. "The Woolly Bugger" is an odyssey through three decades of fishing and hard living, from the author's preadolescent bait drowning to his truly unusual conversion to flies and catch-and-release. In "A Light Green Rain," the hero discovers some rarified Pacific Northwest salmon fishing and a strange St. Paddy's Day party. Other stories touch on everything from the dubious pleasures of exotic travel to the life-threatening excitement of tarpon fishing.True Love and the Woolly Bugger views fishing and life through a different lens. It will captivate you with remarkable stories, remarkably told, and leave you asking for more.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dave Ames' book . . . is good-natured fun, filled with insight, a passion for what honest fly fishing really is. He has a sharp eye for quirky nuance that makes simple language dance a wild step."
--John Holt, author of Knee Deep in Montana's Trout Streams
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Smatterings of The Compleat Angler, The Bartender's Guide and Dear Abby dot this homespun first collection of offbeat fishing tales by an inveterate Montana fly fisherman who casts his obsessive pastime out into the intellectual waters somewhere between high religion and tackle-shop tall tale. The opening story, "The Woolly Bugger," recounts high points in the fishing life of a narrator who first wet a hook at age 10 in 1964 and projects his future into the year 2020. "True Love," the concluding story, is a poignant little fable about the bonding of a married couple still fishing together after 35 years. From cutthroat trout in Montana to steelhead salmon in the Pacific Northwest and the bonefish and tarpon in the Caribbean, these seven stories involve ghosts, hippies, truck wrecks, hoe-downs, kinky libidos, marriage, parenthood, divorce and boozy friendship. The plots, which wander, and the prose, plainer than dirt, are almost incidental. The bait here is folksy philosophizingjust the thing to lure a tired, beer-numbed angler on a day when his rod is broke and the skeeters are biting. (July)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592282272
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 594,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Ames spends much of his time in pursuit of trout and grayling. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sports Afield, Fin and Feather, and Montana magazine. He lives in Helena, Montana.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
The Woolly Bugger 1
A Light Green Rain 27
Ju-Ju Travel 53
New-Age Sensitive Angler 83
Fly-Fishing with Dr. Spock and Mr. Hyde 111
No Secrets 133
True Love 175
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)