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My Secret Fishing Life

Lyons, Nick

ISBN 10: 087113750X / ISBN 13: 9780871137500
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999
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xiii, [1], 187 pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 430247

Bibliographic Details

Title: My Secret Fishing Life

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Mari Lyons

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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A lyrical text, complemented by black-and-white drawings, celebrates the joys of fishing as the author reflects on the first and last days of the fishing season, his career as an editor and publisher of books on fishing, the aging process, fishing techniques, and more.


"There are many of us," writes Nick Lyons, six decades on the pond behind him, "for whom a day on the trout river is so pleasant an event, such an amiable and engaging pastime, that it feels, both going and coming back, as comfortable as an old shoe. We go for the sheer joy of it, not to put notches on our rods." Anglers keep returning to Lyons's finely honed prose for precisely the same reason. The collection of essays that comprises My Secret Fishing Life is a personal journey into the various "rivers" he's waded as a husband, father, teacher, writer, collector, publisher--and, of course, as a fisherman, the single noun that manages to tie all these lines together. The shorter pieces of the first half, many of which were originally published in Fly Fisherman magazine, explore subsets of the fishing life, drifting casually between philosophical rumination and memoir: the rituals of preparing for a new season, getting older, a lunchbreak spent fishing for stripers in the waters off Wall Street. In such sketches he presents his languid yet alluring phrases as delicately as if they were flies to a rising trout. Here he is on the inherent purity of the dry fly: "The only possible practical argument for using the dry fly more frequently is Lee Wulff's--that the dry fly fished on a floating line grants for the trout the sanctuary of its part of the river, allowing the connection to take place only at that place where air and water meet, and only at certain times." Two longer pieces comprising the book's second half are less successful--maybe too personal here and there (especially a windy defense of his wife's painting career), but overall it's honest, thoughtful work. Like fly-fishing as a sporting enterprise, the writing casts more toward the journey than the destination, allowing itself to hook into a share of verities along the way. --Jeff Silverman

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