Illuminated by Water: Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World

Illuminated by Water: Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World

by Malachy Tallack
Illuminated by Water: Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World

Illuminated by Water: Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World

by Malachy Tallack

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Overview

In its blending of nature writing and memoir—also touching on the connection of time, beauty, and memory—Illuminated by Water is an elegiac tribute to fly fishing and the natural world.

Illuminated by Water is a book about the author’s own decades-long passion for ­fly fishing and how it has shaped the way he sees and thinks about the natural world. That passion is shared and made legible here, not just for other anglers, but for those who have never yet cast a line in the water. Why is it that catching ­fish—or even thinking about catching fish—can be so thrilling, so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in the memory? Why is it that what seems a simple act of casting a line and hoping can feel so rich in mystery?

Alternating between regional and thematic chapters, Tallack considers ‘wildness’, its pursuit, and its meanings; the compulsive appeal of tying flies; the ethics of catching and killing; the allure of big ­fish; and beauty—where it’s sought and where it’s found. He describes ­fly fishing trips to America, Canada, Shetland, and England. Throughout the book, certain themes recur—environmental harm and healing; the relationship between fishing and time; hope and its manifestations; and the ways in which angling can deepen engagement with the natural world. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639361663
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 08/02/2022
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Malachy Tallack is the award-winning author of three previous books: Sixty Degrees North, The Un-Discovered Islands, and, most recently, a novel, The Valley at the Centre of the World. He has received both a New Writers Award and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship from the Scottish Book Trust, and as a singer-songwriter has released four albums and an EP. Malachy grew up in the Shetland Islands and currently lives in central Scotland.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Scaland Wood 11

A Fleeting Thing 17

The Back of Ronas Hill 33

The Imitation of Life 43

The Green Creek 67

Keep Out! 75

The River Devon 97

In the Way of Wildness 117

The River Don 139

Putting Back and Taking Away 149

The River Clyde 175

The Possibility of Monsters 187

The Secret Loch 209

Cast Forward 217

The Forth and Clyde Canal 239

Glossary 249

Notes 253

Acknowledgements 261

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