Reel Women: The World of Women Who Fish

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For the 15 million women who fish each year, here is the first book ever to chronicle women's extraordinary legacy in the sport. Modern sportfishing began in 1496 with the definitive "Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle," attributed to English noblewoman and nun Dame Juliana Berners. During the five centuries since, women have made--and continue to make--fishing history.

Reel Women tells the captivating stories of the daring and the ingenious who have made a lasting impact on sportfishing. More than a hundred profiles include such figures as tiny Mrs. Keith Spalding, who landed a 426-pound swordfish in 1921, plus the living legends of flyfishing, big-game saltwater fishing, and bass fishing: from Helen Robinson, who developed a groundbreaking technique for teasing billfish into striking an artificial fly, to Sugar Ferris, founder of the first bass-fishing circuit for women.  

Featuring a comprehensive women's angling resource directory and a bibliography of books by or for women anglers, Reel Women is a great catch for readers on the distaff side of the rod-and-reel world.

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A couple of centuries before Izaak Walton took his rod and reel to the bank of the Thames and then returned to pen his classic, The Compleat Angler, an English noble woman named Juliana Berners reeled in the concept of fishing writer with a comprehensive how-to tract called Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angel. One of fishing's best-kept secrets is that women have been avid, expert, and innovative anglers ever since. Reel Women exposes that secret with gusto, casting out entertaining portraits of the many women who've dared the rod and taken the lure of flies, big game, and bass. An appendix offers an encyclopedic resource guide of clubs, organizations, businesses, services, and schools for women who might prefer testing a good line to hearing one.

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"An essential--and long overdue--tribute to women's vital presence in the angling world."
--Holly Morris, editor of Uncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing and A Different Angle: Fly Fishing Stories by Women        

"If you are a female angler, or a history buff of the sport, this book belongs in your library."
--The Fly Fisher

"As this lively, entertaining book reveals, women not only have a history of fishing but have also made history in a sport long perceived as the exclusive pastime of men."
--Jim Watkins, past president of the Federation of Fly Fishers

"A fascinating chronicle of women's achievements in, and contributions to, the sport of fishing--an inspiration for future generations of anglers."
--Michael Leech, president of the International Game Fish Association

"A rich fount of information, full of personality, surprises, and great photographs."
--Margot Page, author of Little Rivers: Tales of a Woman Angler

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