Where Cool Waters Flow: Four Seasons with a Master Maine Guide

Where Cool Waters Flow: Four Seasons with a Master Maine Guide

by Randy Spencer
     
 
Master Maine Guide Randy Spencer knows the lakes, streams, and woodlands around Grand Lake Stream, Maine, like few others. He has learned the ways of the old Maine Guides-from the proper way to prepare shore lunches, to where to find the best salmon and bass, to how to survive in the wilderness-from some of the area's local legends. Now, in his first book, Where Cool

Overview

Master Maine Guide Randy Spencer knows the lakes, streams, and woodlands around Grand Lake Stream, Maine, like few others. He has learned the ways of the old Maine Guides-from the proper way to prepare shore lunches, to where to find the best salmon and bass, to how to survive in the wilderness-from some of the area's local legends. Now, in his first book, Where Cool Waters Flow, Randy puts you in the casting seat of his Grand Laker, introduces his many sports who come from miles away to decompress, brings you out on the trail during fall hunts, and takes you on many other adventures as only an insider can.

Editorial Reviews

Bangor (ME) Daily News
Spencer's book, quite simply, is the rare local volume that I can honestly recommend with the highest praise a fellow writer can muster: I wish I'd written it. But I couldn't have. Spencer's prose is clean, quick and witty. He successfully transports readers from their living room easy chairs to the wilds of Grand Lake Stream, and does so without bombarding them with strings of adjectives designed to paint the picture he sees in his mind. Instead, like the songwriter he is, he picks his words judiciously, commits to them and makes them do his bidding. And the result is a stunning portrait of a truly special place, illuminated by the people who live for their yearly visits to those remote Maine woods. You may find a better Maine book than Where Cool Waters Flow. You may find a better outdoor book. You may. I haven't.
—John Holyoke

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934031285
Publisher:
Islandport Press
Publication date:
09/19/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
604,541
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Read an Excerpt

"I don't know how long I sat on my guitar case on the Grand Lake Stream town dock that June afternoon thirty-six years ago. I wondered how I was going to make the final twelve miles of a journey that began eighteen hours earlier in Maryland, but it didn't seem like an emergency. The view stretched forever and I was lulled.

There wasn't a soul in sight until an orange Duratech emerged from a cove across the way and moved toward me. As the boat approached the dock it turned broadside to reveal a bedraggled, sixty-ish man with an even more bedraggled Pug pooch in his lap.

"Can you play that thing?" he hollered over the outboard.

I nodded and gave him a thumbs up.

"Where ya goin'?"

"I'm supposed to be at Darrow Camp today, but I don't know how I'm going to get there."

The man - Warren Arthur Whiting - got up and weighed the boat's fuel tank in his hand.

"Tell ya what. You play, the dog and me'll listen, and if you're any good, we'll get you to Darrow's."

This looked like the only game in town, so I threw my lot into the hands of a complete stranger, never bothering to ask what might happen if I didn't pass the audition.

Stepping into that orange boat was one of the most fateful decisions of my life. "

Meet the Author

Randy Spencer is a Master Maine Guide, which means he is qualified and certified by the state of Maine to guide clients on fishing, hunting, or recreational adventures, although Randy's specialty is fishing. His guiding business is based in the remote eastern Maine town of Grand Lake Stream, home to some of most beautiful scenery and some of the best fishing in the nation. In addition to guiding, Spencer is a talented singer/songwriter who has released five CDs. In fact, he regularly writes a column for the Northwoods Sporting Journal that is titled The Singing Maine Guide. He is also a freelance writer for other outdoor publications. In 2008, Yankee Magazine named him one of the 25 People You Need to Meet Most This Summer and Portland Magazine named him one of the 10 Most Intriguing People in Maine.

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