Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers' Journal

Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers' Journal

ISBN-10:
0300126301
ISBN-13:
9780300126303
Pub. Date:
10/16/2007
Publisher:
Yale University Press

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Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers' Journal

Since the first copy of the Yale Anglers’ Journal appeared in 1996, readers with an interest in fish and fishing have opened the pages of each issue with anticipation and delight. YAJ’s founders suspected that others would share their passion for literature and art related to angling; what they had not fully anticipated was the intensity of enthusiasm from readers and writers everywhere. Perhaps they shouldn’t have been surprised. Statistics tell us that 35 million Americans regularly fish, and among their numbers are presidents and students, old and young, the famous and the unknown, the busy and the idle.

This anthology presents a selection of 50 stories, recollections, essays, and poems featured in the Yale Anglers’ Journal during its first remarkable decade. Accompanied by original artwork from James Prosek, these writings all celebrate fish and the experience of fishing, yet they could hardly be more diverse. Some evoke a nostalgic earlier time, others vibrate with excitement, and still others offer a humorous view of life’s surprises. The contributions come from well-known current writers, little-known newcomers, and even authors of antiquity, such as Homer, who had a thing to say about fishing. Anyone who has felt a line pull tight, or is curious to know why the experience has inspired anglers throughout human history, will want to open the pages of this inviting book.

“So here is where I came out as I entered my fiftieth year….I believe in a balanced life. I do not want to fish all the time….But I have learned that I am also a person who has to be able to go fishing whenever I can and for as long as I want to go.”—from “Amare O Pescare,” by Howell Raines

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300126303
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
FOREWORD BY NICK LYONS....................viii
PREFACE BY JAMES PROSEK AND JOSEPH FURIA....................x
PART I-Backcasts Skip Morris PILGRIMAGE TO HAIG-BROWN....................3
Jimmy Carter FISHING WITH MY DADDY....................9
Dane Barca GREAT UNCLE....................13
Ivan Kerbel RIVERINE....................15
Benjamin Green ON ALMOST DROWNING....................18
Christine Hemp BIRTH OF AN ANGLER....................21
Dana S. Lamb ALL IS NOT GOLD....................25
Dana S. Lamb STARTING OUT....................28
Thomas Robert Barnes WINTER KILL AND OTHER POEMS....................31
Scott Bowen THE LOST STRIPER....................37
James Prosek NO TRESPASSING....................42
PART II-The Great Pool Keith Fryer CROCODILE CENTRAL....................50
Elliot L. Richardson THE GRAYLING AND THE BELL CURVE....................62
Ed Migdalski PANIC ON THE BANKS OF THE GRIMSA....................65
Richard Kenneth Stoll A TALE OF TALAU....................67
Abu Faruk THE COMPANION....................77
Daniel Stranahan AN EARLY WINTER....................83
Aaron Alter NIOKOLO KOBA....................92
Peter Fong SCRATCHING THE SURFACE, IN BORNEO....................96
PART III-Whatever Rises Ron McFarland THE ART OF FLY-FISHING AND THE AESTHETICS OF SOLITUDE....................105
Susan Borden SEA MONSTERS....................110
Taylor Kitchings MR. PINKY GONE FISHIN'....................115
John Struloeff THE FISH GARDEN....................124
Robert Tisdale AT HOME IN THE MIDWEST....................134
Cale Van Velkinburgh FEAR AND LOATHING ... IN ALCOVA,WYOMING....................135
Jimmy Hodges HOOKED CLANDESTINELY....................145
Mark Spitzer GITTIN' MYSELF A GARFISH....................149
Greg Keeler TO A FATHER LONG GONE....................155
Scott Bowen THE GRAND SLAM....................157
PART IV-Landing Net Homer, Translated by Robert Fitzgerald THE ODYSSEY, BOOK XII, LINES 294-305....................173
Tim Weed JETTIES....................174
William Butler Yeats SELECTIONS FROM YEATS....................179
John Hollander THE ANGLER'S STORY....................182
James Rossbach CLOSING DAY....................183
Jim Murphy RE-LAX-NESS....................185
John E. Smelcer LATE SEPTEMBER ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER....................187
PART V-A Necessary Passion Howell Raines AMARE O PESCARE....................191
Ernest Schwiebert A FISHING TALK GIVEN AT YALE....................203
Thomas Robert Barnes SOUL TO SOUL....................210
Elaine Bleakney IN TWO DAYS THE LEAVES WILL COAT....................213
Juaquín Hernàndez Canegato SALUDA PROBABILITY....................214
Robert Behnke RUMMAGING THROUGH THE BASEMENT FINDING PISCATORIAL AUDUBONS....................217
R. Howard Bloch MARCEL PROUST AND THE ART OF FLY-FISHING....................222
PART VI-Hook, Line, and Sinker Steven Rinella JEALOUS FISHERMAN BARES SOUL....................229
Dennis Sipe FLY-FISHING WITH JESUS....................232
Christopher Buckley THE NEW FLY-FISHING BOOKS....................234
Peter Just THE GAON OF BOZEMAN....................237
M.J. Trease ANOTHER POEM FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS....................239
ABOUT THE AUTHORS....................240

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