Title: Whitefish Can't Jump & Other Tales of ...
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Ragged Mountain Press, Camden, Maine, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1994
Illustrator: Illus in b&w
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: By Author
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Fishing
167pp + 1pp (ad). Blue cloth. 1st Ed. with complete number line. Tight, square, bright copy. No remainder mark. Firm corners. No internal notes, markings. Crisp, unclipped pictorial DJ in Mylar cover (19.95). Illus. in B&W. Signed/dated by the author in ink on Title Page. 19 fly fishing stories - Salt water & fresh water. Bookseller Inventory # 14684
Synopsis: In these 19 lyrical stories, Don Thomas takes you to many places: Christmas Island in search of bonefish; an Alaskan river where boating a huge rainbow becomes momentarily more important than avoiding a mid-stream collision with a nine-foot grizzly; a far northern pond and an encounter with the Ultimate Northern Pike; Belize and the quixotic quest to take a permit on a fly, marred only slightly by a failed marriage and a Blue Crab Special stuck firmly in a philosophical guide's ear; Yellowstone's Lewis Lake for a young daughter's first brown trout on a fly; and Siberia, where Dolly Varden, Kundzha, and vodka combine to thaw the cold war. From each story, we learn a little about fishing and a lot about life.
Review: Having practiced medicine for more than 20 years in Alaska and Montana, E. Donnall Thomas Jr. packs an impressive résumé for a trout bum. But as he points out in one of the essays in this intelligent, good-humored collection, his years of experience can all be reduced to a means to an end: fly-fishing. These days, writing about the sport serves a similar purpose for Thomas, and he demonstrates a thorough understanding of the genre in Whitefish Can't Jump, shifting seamlessly between memoir, travelogue, philosophic musing, and scientific inquiry. Each of the 19 essays centers on a particular species of gamefish, but taxonomy is merely a springboard for the stories and observations that lurk behind the species' Latin names like brown trout under the cutbanks: a hooked rainbow nearly provokes a mid-river contretemps with a swimming grizzly, an impossible northern pike provides an evening distraction en route to a new job, and cutthroats inspire a remembrance of the journey of Lewis and Clark. Whitefish is a welcome addition to fly-fishing literature.
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