The Best Fishing Stories Ever Told celebrates the art of hunting fish at many angles. This ancient tradition is practiced all over the world. Tales of baiting, angling, and the watery outdoors are recounted by great writers such as Rudyard Kipling, Guy de Maupassant, and Lord Byron. In scenic rivers, lakes, and seas, praise the trout, snap up that salmon, angle, aim, and sing the fisherman's song! This superbly presented collection of fishing stories will set the reader sailing on the Loch or along the Thames and tracking down sharks or carp in many exciting waterways. You will find memories, essays, true stories, and fishing accounts more or less exaggerated or imagined. Their authors and their editor, Nick Lyons, all share a communicable passion for a great day out fishing--a passion only surpassed by the love of telling the tale with or without the catch to show! With work by more than one hundred of the world's most eminent authors and fishermen, including: John McPhee Howell Raines Ted Leeson Jimmy Carter Lefty Kreh Dave Barry Norman Maclean Rudyard Kipling And many more!
Bright Rivers chronicles the angling passions and frustrations of one of fly-fishing's greatest men of letters.A city dweller trapped in the complexities of modern life, Nick Lyons has always found solace in his pilgrimages to great rivers. It is there that he fishes for trout, and in Bright Rivers, Lyons recounts the sometimes moving, sometimes hilarious experiences of his expeditions to Delaware, Beaverkill, Madison, Big Hole, and Yellowstone rivers, sharing reminiscences of trout taken, released, and sometimes lost. No one writes better about not catching fish than Nick Lyons, and perhaps, no one writes better about angling, period. This edition will include a new foreword by the author.From a richly textured diary of a summer in the Catskills to moving recollections of fly-fishing in Montana, Lyons brilliantly captures the wonderful tension between gray streets and bright rivers.
The Care of Fine Books is a thorough, readable guide to caring for books of value. From a discussion of the various techniques and materials used in bookbinding to advice on handling and storage, Jane Greenfield has created a succinct yet complete resource for anyone who wants to preserve and protect their fine books.Whether you are a collector, a librarian, or a conservation professional, you will benefit from this expert advice. Learn about appropriate levels of light, temperature, relative humidity, and pollution; how to secure a collection against fire, insect infestation, flood, and theft; and methods for cleaning and repairing books that have already been damaged. Always practical and amply illustrated, this is a must-have reference for anyone who loves fine books.
One of the most prolific fly-fishing writers of the twentieth century, Roderick L. Haig-Brown continues his "seasons" cycle with Fisherman's Spring, a book that is as much about the deep philosophical aspects of fly fishing as it is about fly fishing itself. Readers will learn about the abundance of spring life in the streams of British Columbia while also being treated to Haig-Brown's thoughtful musings and ideas about the rewards of fly fishing streams. Chapters readers will encounter include:Spring DefinedEarly Cutthroat LakesFly TypesThe Secret LifeFishing and the Common ManOn WadingFishermen and ForestryFishing and MilkmaidsThe ForecastRecognizing BirdsPutting Fish BackA Boy and a Fish PoleAnd many moreDiscover within these pages how fly fishing can enrich life and bring joy to every fisher. Both novices and experts alike will find a wealth of knowledge in Fisherman's Spring.
An end to Roderick L. Haig-Brown's "seasons" cycle, Fisherman's Summer is a book that can be read again and again, for both knowledge and pleasure. In this installment, he focuses again on the rivers of his native British Columbia such as the Campbell, the Columbia, and the Nimpkish. Among his vast wealth of knowledge concerning fly fishing, readers are also exposed to his wise reflections. His discussions of the past fishermen of these rivers, including Native Americans and pioneers, and his hope that the future of these rivers will remain abundant and full of life, will touch the hearts of fishers and non-fishers alike. Chapters included are:Summer DefinedThe Indian and MeThe Beginning of ChangeThe Dry Fly and Very Fast WaterStandard-Bearer-ArcticFish DerbiesThe Great DestroyersThe BeachesTsable RiverBlackholeAnd many moreWithin these pages are the exciting angling stories of an expert flyfisherman, laced with thoughtful reflections and musings, all of which showcase Haig-Brown as the excellent writer and flyfisherman that he was.
Originally published in 1954, Fisherman's Winter is Roderick Haig-Brown's final installment in his well-known "seasons" cycle. With a unique blend of experience and observation, Haig-Brown brings readers through the exotic
If you're familiar with the world of hunting, you know how important dogs are in the field. Less known, however, is how vital these canines are to fishermen. For many anglers, packing your tackle and wading through the river without a trusted fishing dog is a recipe for disaster.In Fishing Dogs, Raymond Coppinger sheds light on the true value of fishing dogs of every size, shape, and color. Monsoon dogs, for example, lay in the bilge of boats until they are disturbed by the shipping of water. At that point, they rise up out of the bilge and unleash with tremendous power a series of epicentric rotational reciprocations, thus expelling inches of boat-threatening water. Coppinger also introduces readers to the Maine bowplunk dog, which received its name from its deeply ingrained habit of standing, proud and brave, on the bow of his master's boat as it moves through the choppy waters off Maine's coast.As a biologist, distinguished fisherman, and a known storyteller and fan of satire, Coppinger is more than qualified to discuss the various breeds of fishing dogs, in addition to topics as the evolution of dogs from wolves, the dangers of crossbreeding, and finding a fisherman's perfect fishing dog.
All fishermen who have fished for a lifetime have baskets of great stories and reminiscences about the sport they love. Nick Lyons's new collection is chock-full of them. From fishing a small Catskill creek and catching a huge brook trout when he was barely out of infancy to long opening day treks during his teens, and then on to fishing in France, Iceland, Key West, Montana, and widely elsewhere, Nick has spent a lifetime on the water.Fishing Stories features tales about bass, bluefish, tarpon, stripers, bluegill, and many other species as well as portraits of many of the unusual people with whom he has fished. Lyons describes a long, hilarious day with a character named Hawkes in one story, and then the next features a father and son on a Western lake.Through these memories, Lyons shows the comfortable pleasure of fishing waters close to home that one knows just about as well as his or her closest friends. Stories describe days of discovery and adventure on new waters; fishing with famous fishing writers, and new friends, and a granddaughter; and fishing in a little pond he built during the years he refers to as his Indian summer. An unforgettable fight with a gigantic fish in a Western river and simpler days fishing for bluegill and pickerel are also documented.No fisherman of any stripe will fail to find stories that echo his or her own experiences, and all will come closer to understanding the passion that drives all serious fishermen.
Treasure trove of fly-fishing and camping moments too good not to share. 17 black-and-white illustrations
This ample selection of articles and essays by one of America's most popular writers about fly-fishing begins with a moment on Michigan's Au Sable River--the exact moment when the author lost his heart to fly-fishing. This collection chronicles a fishing life punctuated by a revealing trip with one of his grown sons and mellow reflections from a hospital bed.This is the broadest of Nick Lyons's books, with sections on tarpon and pike fishing in the Marquesas and in France, bass bugging on a small Connecticut pond, and trout fishing on unnamed creeks and blue-ribbon western rivers, as well as reflections on such aspects of the sport as the flies that are the underpinning of it all, the pursuit of records, the odd characters he's met along the way, and the increasing challenge of crowds who pursue this ever-popular sport.By turns canny, hilarious, inquiring, and philosophic, A Flyfisher's World is an impressive addition to Nick Lyons's important body of writing about fly-fishing.
Nick Lyons, a legend in fishing world, has assembled a sampling of the best of the classic and contemporary tales, memoirs, essays and poetry. This book is perfect for anyone who fishes, or knows someone who fishes, or loves life out of doors. I know what I'll be giving as gifts this year.
Any angler who has ever been out-fished by a beginner with a twig and some twine or questioned whether bass are smarter than he is will be in good company here. Hilarious Fishing Cartoons pokes fun at every kind of angling absurdity. Tiers struggling to tie microscopic flies, bass fishermen who catch more boots than bass, weekenders loaded down with every gizmo and piece of tackle in the shop, and fanatical, freezing ice fishermen doomed to drill and not grill are all represented. Troy's pen is deft and clever, and his one-liners are truly side-splitting. The next time your line gets so tangled you're ready to curse or quit fishing forever, remember these cartoons and you may just find yourself chuckling instead.
A collection of more than 270 memorable quotations about the relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters-some wise, some thoughtful, and some downright hilarious. The musings, advice, and observations inside are drawn from famous writers, politicians, actors, comedians, athletes, businessmen, and philosophers. Complete with a new foreword by Nick and Tony Lyons, The Little Red Book of Dad's Wisdom is the perfect Father's Day-or any day-gift for dad.
This collection of more than 350 memorable quotations about the passion and pleasure of fishing captures the essence of the sport like very few collections have. Here are quips, comments, and words of wisdom on all aspects of fishing from Lord Byron, Cervantes, Art Flick, John Gierach, Roderick L. Haig-Brown, Ernest Hemingway, Ted Leeson, A. J. McClane, Thomas McGuane, Arthur Ransome, Steve Raymond, Charles Ritz, Paul Schullery, G. E. M. Skues, Izaak Walton, Ed Zern, and many more. This is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to fish and a great companion for those rainy days when you can't be out on the water.
Few books have captured the haunting world of music and rivers and of the sport they provide as well as A River Never Sleeps. Roderick L. Haig-Brown writes of fishing not just as a sport, but also as an art. He knows moving water and the life within it-its subtlest mysteries and perpetual delights. He is a man who knows fish lore as few people ever will, and the legends and history of a great sport.Month by month, he takes you from river to river, down at last to the saltwater and the sea: in January, searching for the steelhead in the dark, cold water; in May, fishing for bright, sea-run cutthroats; and on to the chilly days of October and the majestic run of spawning salmon. All the great joy of angling is here: the thrill of fishing during a thunderstorm, the sight of a river in freshet or a river calm and hushed, the suspense of a skillful campaign to capture some half-glimpsed trout or salmon of extraordinary size, and the excitement of playing and landing a momentous fish.A River Never Sleeps is one of the enduring classics of angling. It will provide a rich reading experience for all who love fishing or rivers.
Nick Lyons's first fishing book, The Seasonable Angler, is the story of a fisherman's year, from the projects and fantasies of an angler's winter through the thrill of a June evening's rise on the Beaverkill, and on to the pleasures and melancholia of autumn trout fishing.In a book of spirited contrasts, Nick Lyons recounts hilarious misadventures on opening day and on family trips, as well as quiet moments when the fisherman becomes contemplative and close to nature. Lyons captures the excitement of catching a first trout-and the sadness of having killed, at times, too many fish. There is an increasing respect for the natural world, for conservation, and for the spirit of the sport.Throughout The Seasonable Angler, Lyons evokes the humor and lore of a man who has loved fishing deeply since early childhood. His book is not only for avid fishermen, but also for everyone who appreciates fine writing about nature and who wants to understand what animates that strong clan of people who fish.
"Spring Creek is everything a fishing book should be," says Craig Nova. "It has the ability to convey the magic that always exists between somebody who loves fishing and a particular piece of water that endlessly lives up to its end of the bargain." It has been called Lyons's masterpiece.The river is one of those rare places where the trout are as long as your arm but also exceedingly difficult to catch. Lyons explores its secrets and confronts its greatest challenges. At first he catches little. Then slowly, he acquires the various and special skills and disciplines necessary to take the large wary brown trout of this extraordinary river. Spring Creek is a memoir of halcyon days on a remarkable river and it draws a rare portrait of an angler actually learning to fish more wisely. It is a richly humorous and perceptive account of an angler's passion for his spot--and a book all fishermen will cherish.
Anew book by Dave Whitlock, author of some of the best books on fly fishing ever written, is a reason for fly fishermen to celebrate-and the aim of this book is simple. Whitlock wants to take the guesswork out of fly fishing and pass on the wisdom he's ac
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