Outdoor Chronicles: True Tales of a Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing

Outdoor Chronicles: True Tales of a Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing


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We hold a great affection for the deep tradition of American storytelling. The ability to spin a yarn that can hold our attention and provide a gentle direction for life is something that has been with us for a long time. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain or Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories hold us with their gentle wit and carry us away for just a little while. In Outdoor Chronicles, Jerry Hamza takes up the gauntlet of the storyteller to take readers away for a little fun. There are already plenty of how-to fishing and outdoor books, and this is not one. Hamza’s stories will not make you a better caster or shooter, but they will make you want to spend more time fishing or hunting.

This book is a collection of outdoor stories wrapped in the human condition. They were written with an eye toward honesty and cynicism. They will make you laugh out loud, and you will want to carry them with you wherever you go. If this book goes missing, it’s a sure thing that, when you do find it, it will be in the possession of a member of your household, regardless of their interest in casting a fly. The stories cover the gamut from a fishing trip to northern Canada to a little stream that was actually better than remembered, to how the baby boomers almost trampled a sport to death, to a solitary trek along railroad tracks during a cold, dark, and dreary February, and many more.

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, 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: 9781634504188
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 801,925
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jerry Hamza has spent decades putting himself in positions to live an outdoor life. For thirty years he was part of the management and good friend to legendary comedian George Carlin. During this time he traveled to every inch of North America, hunting and fishing the whole way. Jerry was elected president of the Cat Fanciers’ Association and traveled the whole world, fly fishing and hunting on every continent except Antarctica. Jerry was awarded Fly Rod & Reel’s Robert Traver Award in 2014.

Joseph B. Healy is a writer who has worked as a consumer-magazine editor since 1990 in the fly-fishing and regional-magazine fields. He now edits Covey Rise, a high-end wingshooting lifestyle magazine.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joseph B. Healy ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Prose to Poetry 1

Chapter 2 The Outdoorsman 27

Chapter 3 Eastern Steelhead 35

Chapter 4 Munsungan 47

Chapter 5 The Dinner Rush 61

Chapter 6 "Plucky, Game, Brave": Smallmouth Bass in Three Parts 71

Chapter 7 Africa 83

Chapter 8 Cottontails… or Beating the Winter Blues 99

Chapter 9 Ouananiche 109

Chapter 10 The Spot 125

Chapter 11 Grasshoppers in Chile 141

Chapter 12 Touch of Grey 163

Chapter 13 Finding a Sanctuary 177

Chapter 14 Catch the Blue Train 187

Chapter 15 The Dream 209

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