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The Snowfly: Joseph Heywood

The Snowfly

Joseph Heywood

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ISBN 10: 1585740209 / ISBN 13: 9781585740208
Published by The Lyons Press, New York, 2000
Condition: As New Hardcover
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"The Snowfly is a spellbinding novel of suspense, international intrigue, and fly-fishing." This very entertaining novel takes the reader from the authors home in Michigan to the war in Vietnam, to intrigues in the now scraped Soviet Union to a scrapyard fishing hole in the Western United States. From Key West and back to the upper peninsula of Michigan. The novel is " a wry den up of fly fishing folklore that writes its own rules and ,in the process, creates that great rarity; a brand new fable. The Snowfly is a magical whirlwind of a novel, squarely in the tradition of Tim O'Brian's Going After Cacciato and Jim Harrison's ( another Michigan writer) Legends of the Fall." This mylar protected unread masterpiece ( I read a paperback copy) is boldly SIGNED on the title page. This first edition, first printing is a great collectible and a great read. Bookseller Inventory # 000963

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Title: The Snowfly

Publisher: The Lyons Press, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Bowie Rhodes, a UPI reporter and avid fly fisherman, searches for an elusive manuscript which contains the secrets of the myth of the snowfly, a legendary insect that attracts trout of enourmous size and longevity.

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The Snowfly is a spellbinding novel of suspense, international intrigue, and fly fishing. The holy grail that burns at its core is the snowfly, a legendary insect--enormous, white, and exceedingly rare--that attracts trout of such size that they couldn't possibly exist in the world as we know it. But in The Snowfly, such things can and do exist.

Bowie Rhodes is a UPI reporter and a fly fisherman of extraordinary talent. He learns of the myth of the snowfly early in his childhood. Legend has it that the giant snowfly hatches every seven to ten years, never on the same river twice. It brings to rise only trout that strain the imagination: trout that are so huge they would have to have lived forty years or more; trout so wily that they never allow themselves to be caught--or even seen--trout so hungry for this fly that they will risk exposure to rise for the hatch. The snowfly is the sacred quest of only the most obsessed trout hunters, and has been seen by no living man or woman, existing only in myth and in a lost manuscript. Rhodes's reporting brings him to the extremes of humanity--in the jungles of Vietnam, in the labyrinth of Brezhnev's Soviet Union, in a poisoned Canadian wasteland of uranium mines. His hunt for the manuscript takes him deep into his own heart of darkness.

The Snowfly is a richly imaginative and sensual novel. The world Heywood creates is broader, more wild, with more mystery lurking beneath the surface waters than our own. Or is it? The Snowfly makes it all seem gloriously possible.

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