The Confluence: Fly-fishing & Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant

The Confluence: Fly-fishing & Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant


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Seven lifelong friends head north each June to a remote cabin at the confluence of the Dead Diamond and Swift Diamond Rivers. What started as a single fishing trip has evolved over twenty-plus years into an annual retreat to the mystical environs of the Dartmouth College Grant, far from the workaday world and vibrant with brotherhood, creativity and reflection.

Fishing is only a part of their story. In a collection of intertwined essays from seven unique voices, the authors reveal how their friendships have grown deeper as their lives flow into middle age, with laughs, tears and insight into the intersection between humanity and the natural world. The reader comes along to experience wilderness wonders, stinky outhouses, original watercolors, floods, a wine tasting, a dramatic search and rescue…and fly-fishing for native brook trout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942155126
Publisher: Randall, Peter E. Publisher
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DAVID VAN WIE, PHIL ODENCE, NORM RICHTER, BOB CHAMBERLIN, ED BALDRIGE, DAVE KLINGES & BILL CONWAY- The Boys of the Grant - are writers and renaissance fishermen. As college classmates, they pursued a variety of professions and interests that inform their essays and enrich their friendships.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction: At The Confluence David Van Wie xi

Coming Together Phil Odence 1

The Origin Phil Odence 14

Settling In Phil Odence 20

An Eddy in Time David Van Wie 22

Of Wild Rivers and Wild Trout David Van Wie 36

The Hellgate Years Phil Odence 46

The Quartermaster's Lament Bob Chamberlin 50

Catch and Release Phil Odence David Van Wie 56

Art & Lit in the Grant Bob Chamberlin 66

The Year of The Kids Phil Odence 72

The Hag Trout of Coos County Norm Richtet 76

Thinking on the Fly Phil Odence The Boys 81

A Case for Un-waders Phil Odence 91

Privy to Privies David Van Wie 96

The Fallen Soldier David Klinges 102

The One Fish Phil Odence 108

Doug's Rock David Van Wie 114

Standing Waves Billy Conway 121

Late To The Party Ed Baldrige 127

The Make-up Trip David Van Wie 130

The Best Arrival Phil Odence 137

Tenkara Ed Baidrige 140

Boys, Wine, and Bullshit Phil Odence 144

Dog Days Bob Chamberlin Phil Odence 152

City Boy Norm Richter 161

Standing in the River David Van Wie 166

Meet The Boys of the Grant 176

The Witch of Coos Robert Frost 184

References & Sources 189

What People are Saying About This

Robert Sullivan

"This land at the summit ofNew Hampshireis large and wild and very special; so is its evocation in these pages. Instigators Odence and Van Wie and their merry band of friends, with Dartmouth College and friendships formed there at their collective core, write well and, dare it be said, charmingly about their times together in the far American north."
"The passage of the human seasons is as evident in these reminiscences as it always is along theDeadDiamondRiver. The memories differ (as memories do), and that's all to the good. The inspirations differ too, from Corey Ford and Norman Maclean and E.B. White to Edward Hoagland and Henry David Thoreau to Moe, Larry and Curly. It is the book's blessing that Van Wie is a fine photographer with a poetic eye, and Odence is his equal in illustration. The Second College Grant, a realm of rippling waters and pointed firs, can be a cold place at any time of the year. This, however, is a constantly warm, regularly moving reflection."

Sydney Lea

"Any longtime outdoorsman knows how marvelous sporting friendships can be, not least because the sport is vehicle to deeper explorations --comic, tragic, and everything in between. Any writer knows that he or she can never quite adequately express the profundities, but each of these essayists, so different one from the other and so emphatically akin, comes as close as any of us is likely to get. A bright and wonderful read!"

David Scott Kastan

"This is a wonderful book about fishing—and like all wonderful books about fishing, the fishing both matters and doesn’t. A bunch of college friends record their annual trip into the New Hampshirewoods in appealing short essays with beautiful photographs and drawings. But it isn’t a 'how-to-fish'book,rather it is a 'how-to-live'book. What it really does is to remind us, in our world of always too much information and noise, of the need to pay attention, and demonstrate that, as Simone Weil said, attention is a form of prayer."

William Goodspeed

"The Confluenceis appealing on many levels. It is ostensibly about high-quality brook trout fishing in the far northern wilderness of New Hampshire with all it entails, from cold outhouse seats to lost dogs to lost people. It is more. It is, in some sense, the story of enduring friendship, starting at Dartmouth College in the late 1970s and persisting year-after-year for decades. About getting together annually no matter what. About drinking beer all day while fishing. About great conversation at night. About life without phones or the internet or indoor plumbing. Those who love fly fishing will love this book, but it is much more a moving story about great friendship over a lifetime."

Spencer Beebe

"A great romp in the woods. A splash big enough to deepen friendships, enliven the uninitiated and frighten healthy wild trout in a quiet stream."

Mel Allen

"I readThe Confluencewith more than a trace of envy because so few of us have the gift of keeping lifelong friends from college. As the chapters went by, and I saw thesefriendships ripen and deepen I realized the book goes beyond one college and one shared backwoods tract. It’s about the very meaning of friendship and young people growing older together.”

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