River Stories: Headwaters To The Seaby Tom Alkire
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The stories in Tom Alkire’s new book, River Stories: Headwaters to the Sea, are about rivers and most of them are about fishing as well. Sometimes meditative, other times humorous, these engaging essays will delight readers who like rivers, fishing and the out-of-doors. The 19 stories flow through the book, beginning from glacial headwaters and alpine creeks to the sea. One story details how our forebears discovered the origins of rivers because for many centuries they thought that rivers originated out of a mysterious subterranean sea.
Other stories include casting out small Elk Hair Caddis flies on quiet spring creeks to floating down raucous whitewater rivers in pursuit of large rainbow trout. Sometimes lyrical and other times practical, these stories include fishing for steelhead in the dead of winter and in the heat of the summer. And as rivers enter tidewater there are more stories -- stories about hooking salmon and halibut in the saltwater using hooks that barely fit in the palm of your hand.
The stories in this book are set in little icy creeks tumbling down steep mountains and big grown-up rivers flowing through rimrock canyons -- waters from California to Alaska, from the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean. These stories are not just about rivers; they are about us because rivers are intertwined with us in so many ways. The people populated in these pages include crusty fly fishermen, homesteaders, Rudyard Kipling, Gonzalo Pizarro, Spey casters, Izaak Walton, ocean-going dorymen, ghosts, a hole-hog sheriff and John the Baptist. All of these narratives written by Alkire are true, or at least as truthful as a fisherman is capable of.
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Meet the Author
For more than 30 years, Tom Alkire has written about rivers and fishing seeking the answer as to why we try to outwit simple-minded fishes with hook and line. He has not yet found the answer. All the same, his writing examines the magic of rivers and fishing, from his home waters to distant waters.
Alkire’s work has been published in many magazines, including Gray’s Sporting Journal and Sporting Classics. His first book, There’s More to Fishing (Than Catching Fish), was published in 2000 by Frank Amato Publications. He is a regular columnist in Flyfishing and Tying Journal. A business journalist by profession, he lives in Portland, Oregon and is married with two grown children.
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Having previously read Tom Alkire's fine book, "There's More to fishing (Than Catching Fish)", I was excited to learn that he had written a second book. "River Stories: Headwaters To The Sea" presents lesser known relationships between river, fish, man and the mysteries that surround them. Tom's style is seductive, self-deprecating, humorous, comprehensive and thought provoking. The reader is soon immersed in the waters of great and little rivers and is carried downstream gaining new insights and appreciation of our precious, and threatened, waters. This book is a MUST read for all those who love the outdoors, especially conservationists and fisher - men & women.