Fly Fishing: A Life in Mid-Stream : Recollections and Essays

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Interweaving anecdotes and reminiscences, a passionate celebration of the art of fly fishing recounts the history of the sport and the author's experiences with fly fishing around the world. Reprint.

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More than merely a memoir of a life in mid-stream, Fly Fishing, is a celebration of a timeless sport. This enriching collection of reflections and essays recalls the simple pleasures of angling, and in so doing, captures the essence of one man's life.

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This book is written for those who aspire to experience the enchantment of fly-fishing, those who are just curious about the sport, and those who already fly fish and might find in my musings confirmation of their own thoughts and feelings.

The format is the essay, with an emphasis on personal experience. I make no attempt at instruction on techniques, tips on becoming a better angler, or recommendations of places to fish. Others are more skilled at fly-fishing than I, more knowledgeable about ichthyology, aquatic entomology, and environmental conservation, better traveled and catch more fish.

What I bring to the reader is a desire to share my love of the sport and to relate some experiences that explain its merits. My experience as an angler spans fifty years, and in a sense, this book has been in gestation since I was nine years old. A lot has been written about fly-fishing over the past five hundred years, and some of it is very good. I see this book supplementing that tradition with a perspective born of our time and place...

For those who survive the rites of passage [of learning to fly fish], the rewards are worth the effort... there are rewards for the soul as well as the mind. One theme worked hard by many writers on fishing, especially Juliana Berners, a fifteenth-century prioress, and Izaak Walton, who followed her a century and a half later, is that mucking about nature can at least improve one's sense of well-being, and perhaps also bring one to the core of life.

There is magic in fly-fishing born of faith and immersion that's expressed in the tenth century Zen poet Setcho:

Spring light, soft bank mist,
And on the still water his boat,
He grips in his dream a thousand-foot line,
Match for the greatest whale.
This book attempts to describe that magic.

Chapter headings: 1. First Fish, 2. Who Fly Fishes, 3. First Fish on a Fly, 4. Dorothea and Her Friends, 5. The Perils, 6. Fishing with Spouse, 7. Fishing with Children, 8. Early Fly-Fishing, 9. Fishing Abroad, 10. Best Fish, 11. Better Fly-Fishing, and 12. The Future

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