Fishing Stories: A Lifetime of Adventures and Misadventures on Rivers, Lakes, and Seas

Fishing Stories: A Lifetime of Adventures and Misadventures on Rivers, Lakes, and Seas


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All fishermen who have fished for a lifetime have baskets of great stories and reminiscences about the sport they love. Nick Lyons’s new collection is chock-full of them. From fishing a small Catskill creek and catching a huge brook trout when he was barely out of infancy to long opening day treks during his teens, and then on to fishing in France, Iceland, Key West, Montana, and widely elsewhere, Nick has spent a lifetime on the water.

Fishing Stories features tales about bass, bluefish, tarpon, stripers, bluegill, and many other species as well as portraits of many of the unusual people with whom he has fished. Lyons describes a long, hilarious day with a character named Hawkes in one story, and then the next features a father and son on a Western lake.

Through these memories, Lyons shows the comfortable pleasure of fishing waters close to home that one knows just about as well as his or her closest friends. Stories describe days of discovery and adventure on new waters; fishing with famous fishing writers, and new friends, and a granddaughter; and fishing in a little pond he built during the years he refers to as his Indian summer. An unforgettable fight with a gigantic fish in a Western river and simpler days fishing for bluegill and pickerel are also documented.

No fisherman of any stripe will fail to find stories that echo his or her own experiences, and all will come closer to understanding the passion that drives all serious fishermen.

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629145945
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nick Lyons is the author of many books on fishing, including his famous Spring Creek, and a former English professor and book publisher.

Mari Lyons, whose drawings have graced this and other books by her husband, is a painter who exhibits regularly at First Street Gallery in New York City and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

First Trout, First Lie 1

A Fisherman's Childhood in Brooklyn 12

Confessions of an Early Wormer 19

The Lure of Opening Day 24

The Generous Bluegill 39

Family Interludes 46

Mecca 60

The Legacy 74

On the Divide 87

The Emperor's New Fly 101

Grimsa Journal 106

Little Wolves of the Weeds 116

Largemouth Magic 121

Gray Streets, Bright Rivers 128

Pilgrimages 135

Adventures in the Fur Trade 141

Hemingway's Many-Hearted Fox River 146

French Pike 158

In the Car 164

Where to Go 170

On My Brave Wife 175

The Metamorphosis 181

Very Minor Tactics on an English Chalkstream 187

In a Fishing Hut 193

The Fascination of What Is Difficult 199

The Last Chalkstream Idyll 204

Mornings 210

Big Fish 221

The Intense Fly Fisherman 232

Winter Dreams with Sparse 236

A Skinny Little Girl, a Fishing Rod, a Bluegill 241

Bobbers and Little Boys 244

Indian Summer of a Fisherman 248

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