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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Home Waters

I just started reading Home Waters edited by Gary Soucie. It's a fly-fishing anthology. Home waters would be that place or places which the fly fisherman considers his own. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in the sense of being at home there. The place with which he is most familiar and most comfortable. A place to which he returns most often in body and spirit.
For me, it is the spring fed limestone creeks and rivers of Bluff Country, the karst region of southeastern Minnesota. There are several rivers and innumerable streams and tiny brooks in this unglaciated countryside. Over a forty year period I have fished most of them.
South Branch Root River

 The South Branch of the Root River is closest to my home and heart. It is the place to which I now return in my retirement years.
This is where I first learned how to entice the wily brown trout with the fly. Then taught my two sons the same art. Later, as they grew up, we wandered far afield to the fabulous waters of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. The Boulder, the Gallatin, the West Fork of the Madison, The Big Hole, The Lamar, Slough Creek and countless others became part of our vocabulary.
 Son Ted and I in Yellowstone

 Vertigo and other infirmities of aging limit my stream time now but the memories live on as strong as ever. Not to sound elitist but fly fishing for trout has produced among the sporting endeavors the closest thing to real literature  Thus  Home Waters whereby a host of writers take readers to their favorite fishing spots in a captivating collection of 55 pieces touched close to my heart and memories of similar places and experiences.


Valerie said...

My Joe would have loved this book. I have just finished sorting his books and handing them over to a charity so they can raise more money. The last blog I visited was about crabs. I guess it's that time of year for fishermen.

Arkansas Patti said...

I know someone who will love this book and will send them the link. I flicked a few lines in my youth but never became any good. However to me fly fishing is the ballet of fishing and a joy to watch.

Anonymous said...

"... fly fishing for trout has produced among the sporting endeavors the closest thing to real literature."

We see that. Hemingwayesque. Is that a word?

I wonder if he wrote emotionally but entirely unsentimentally by thinking about fly fishing. Is that how you have to fly fish? Nice review Mr T. You find ones like that in The Nation, where the book is barely mentioned.

Janie said...

Your photo looks like the Lamar.
Steve would enjoy this book, I'm sure.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I am sorry you have vertigo. No fun to get older, but an afternoon spent with a good book should help! Hi to Lily and MrsT :)

Carla from The River said...

I am still trying to learn the art of fly fishing. My husband gifted me a rod. :-)
Thank you for the review.

Carla from The River said...

Maybe you could do a post about learning how to fly fish. ;-)

I do love watching my husband and uncle ... it is a true art and so beautiful.

Have a great weekend,

Sarah Laurence said...

I'm not much of fisher myself but I enjoy fresh caught fish and that landscape.