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The Seasons of a Fisherman: A Fly Fisher's Classic Evocations of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Fishing

Haig-Brown, Roderick L.

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ISBN 10: 1585740934 / ISBN 13: 9781585740932
Published by Lyons Press, NY., 2000
Condition: Collectible Hardcover
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NEW/NEW. Large boards - in original publisher's shrinkwrap. RARE higyh grade copy for that talented dedicated fly-fisherman. The combined 4 seasons in one volulme. Unsurpassed. [B244]. Bookseller Inventory # 013107

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Title: The Seasons of a Fisherman: A Fly Fisher's ...

Publisher: Lyons Press, NY.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: FIRST.

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"Not only a naturalist of obvious authority, but the master of sinewy prose."--The New Yorker

"Haig-Brown is a star of the first magnitude."--Outside Magazine

Roderick L. Haig-Brown is one of the world's most beloved fly-fishing writers: His classic books bring together exquisite prose, the full romance and beauty of fishing, and much solid angling advice.

Here, for the first time in one volume, are his popular seasons books: Fisherman's Spring, Fisherman's Summer, Fisherman's Fall, and Fisherman's Winter. They chronicle a fisherman's year, from the brightening days of spring through a loving portrait of the author's home rivers in British Columbia during the summer, and on into the excitement of fall fishing and a winter away from his Campbell River to fish the great rivers of Argentina and Chile.

As Verlyn Klinkenborg has said, "I think it forms some sort of watershed experience in every angler's reading when he comes upon Roderick Haig-Brown for the first time." And so it does. The Seasons of a Fisherman is an excellent place to start.


Logger, trapper, guide, magistrate, army officer, radio broadcaster, conservationist, and university chancellor, Roderick L. Haig-Brown, the multitalented Renaissance man of North American angling, considered himself first and foremost a writer. Given the overall quality, range, depth, and grace of The Seasons of a Fisherman, it would be awfully hard to argue. This marvelous volume, which collects four of his best-loved classics between one set of covers for the first time, should elegantly introduce Haig-Brown, who died in 1976, to a new generation of outdoors enthusiasts as it reintroduces him to his old angling friends.

Originally written in the early '50s, the four books wade into an angler's summer, winter, spring, and fall, and while each muses over what a particular season requires of the fisherman, none is just about fishing; Haig-Brown never limited himself. These books are about his beloved British Columbia, the environment as a whole, its repetitive rhythms, and the angler's place in it. They are about fishing stories; the traditions of fly-fishing; and how to catch fish, tie flies, and observe the natural world. Fishing, in Haig-Brown's cosmos, was more than just the pursuit of fish: it was the full, wide-ranging engagement of the mind and the senses.

Listen to the litheness of his prose from "Fisherman's Spring," the first of the four sections, as he ponders the worthiness of the endeavor:

It is ... something more than a sport. It is an intimate exploration of a part of the world hidden from the eyes and minds of ordinary people. It is a way of thinking and doing, a way of reviving the mind and body, that men have been following with growing intensity for hundreds of years.
This is just a taste of what "Seasons" overflows with, as is this admission--is there an angler who can't share it?--from "Summer": "I am beginning to find it very salutary to remember just how much 'happening right,' if not downright luck, there has been in nearly all my little triumphs." As a book, Seasons is a big enough triumph to become a dog-eared cornerstone of your fly-fishing library. --Jeff Silverman

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