True Love and the Woolly Bugger

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"True Love and the Woolly Bugger is a thoroughly amusing, manic, and perversely informative book about fishing in several of its most mutant forms." -Tom McGuane
"Dave Ames's 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
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Overview

"True Love and the Woolly Bugger is a thoroughly amusing, manic, and perversely informative book about fishing in several of its most mutant forms." -Tom McGuane
"Dave Ames's 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
"True Love and the Woolly Bugger is adventurous and funny, and yet also poignant. In short, it's not just a fishing book, but very much like life itself, and well worth reading, even by folks who have never made a cast." -John Barsness, editor of Gray's Sporting Journal and Montana Time
When is "sex, death, and fly fishing" not about the life cycle of an insect? When you read True Love and the Woolly Bugger, which views fly fishing and life through a different lens. In these tales trout, tarpon, and bonefish are skillfully interwoven with all the things-funny, happy, and sad-that happen to Dave Ames's completely unforgettable characters: a laid-back Bahamian fishing guide who stalks "gourmet" food, especially for his American clients; a tattooed, motorcycle-riding, fly-fishing beauty who teaches the hero a thing or two; his fishing buddies . . . a perverse and driven lot who continually push the envelope of sanity and good judgment.
"True Love" takes you to the Bob Marshall Wilderness to fish for grayling and trout, and to learn about enduring love. "The Woolly Bugger" is an odyssey through three decades of fishing and sometimes hard living, from the author's childhood bait fishing to his truly unusual conversion to flies and catch-and-release.
True Love and the Woolly Bugger will captivate you with remarkable stories, remarkably told, and leave you asking for more.

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"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

"True Love and the Woolly Bugger is a thoroughly amusing, manic, and perversely informative book about fishing in several of its most mutant forms."
—Tom McGuane

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)
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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: 657,706
  • 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.

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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
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