26 posts categorized "Fly Fishing Writing"

January 29, 2009

A Trout Bum's Guide to Patagonia

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Although Patagonia is becoming an increasingly popular world destination for fly-fishermen, there is a conspicuous lack of information available to anglers on this remote area. Until now.

Barrett Mattison and Evan Jones have spent several seasons independently fishing and exploring the entirety of Argentine Patagonia (an area roughly the size of Montana and California combined), and in this book they share everything you need to know before embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.

LINK (Via: Far Away Fly Fishing)

Maybe Barrett and Evan should apply for the Trout Bum Seal of Approval from the tweed bag police?

January 28, 2009

A Manifesto for Ignorance


David James Duncan makes the case for going guideless in this piece that appeared in Outside Magazine in July of 2000. A few copies of The River Why probably ended up in the trash bin as a result.

My reservations about the average fly-fishing guide are a lot like my reservations about the average spiritual guru. Both can be highly entertaining. Both can be idiots.

(Via: Outside Online)

January 15, 2009

Dry Fly Gospel

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Dry Fly Gospel is a collection of stories in which the Good News–the Gospel–of fly fishing is reflected in its impact on the lives of the protagonists.

In this collection you’ll find sci-fi/X-Files, semi-religious, experimental, hard boiled spoof, and more.

Download for Free - Enjoy the good news of fly fishng

(Via: the Bionic Genius Roundtable)

January 03, 2009

Catch Magazine Issue #3


The new issue of Catch is out as well as a new blog, welcome to the party boys. LINK

November 11, 2008

The Institute for Bad Flyfish Poetry


Big Mouth Billy Bass
I drop you in the water
no more be happy

This putrid archive won't interest you if you aren't a member of the flyfish list, and it probably won't interest you if you are; in fact, if you are a reasonable person it should frighten you. The Institute houses a compendium of the nauseating limericks, haiku, and free verse that have been posted to FF@ over the last few years.  LINK

November 06, 2008

Will they ever find a cure for this fever?


Bill Schneider writes about skating flies and coming down with a bad case of metalhead fever on the Grande Ronde.

I’d already spent most of three days frantically flaying the waters of the Grande Ronde River without raising a single steelhead.

Then, it happened.

Via: New West LINK

October 28, 2008

Time is a River


The latest novel from best selling author Mary Alice Monroe.

Mia Landa is recovering from breast cancer in a mountain cabin near Asheville, NC, when she discovers the journal of a sensational fly fisher of the 1920s, Kate Watkins. The inspiring words of a woman she never knew finally lure Mia from her shell to connect once more with the world around her. As she learns to fish, she uncovers secrets that span generations--secrets that have the power to change no only her life, but the lives of those in her new community.


October 27, 2008

We Give our Hearts to Dogs to Tear: Intimations of their Immortality


An excerpt of this great book appeared in last Friday's SI.

Then gently lifting the trout I released it unharmed into the water. At this, Bungee, who never liked the idea of "catch and release" and thinking I'd gone completely mad, made one last effort to snare the fish in his mouth. And when the trout slipped past him the dog shot a withering backward glance at me, as if to say, "Now see what you've done!"

Via: Sports Illustrated LINK

September 30, 2008

The River Why - Eddy


You never know when you might need a fly fishing themed term paper.

Duncan introduces a character, Eddy, who significantly changes Gus's views on what he needs in his life and she gives Gus a sense of motivation or inspiration. Eddy changes Gus by their first encounter with each other, when Eddy instills in Gus a need to fulfill his life and when they meet up......

No mention of the fact she was naked.


September 29, 2008


Photo: By Scotty Craighead

While writing about his families annual fishing trip trip to Quebec, Scotty Craighead came across a poem Grand Cascapedia written by his grandfather John. In this piece he wrote for The Snaz, he braids his words with those of his grandfather.

With a burr of Scotch, a blare of French,
The Cascapedia scours its ice-made trench.

It grows in depth with rocks and rills,
Then Penetrates green-quilted hills.
Clothed in maple, birch, and fir,
Alive with daisy fields that stir.

I balance on the wobbly, green, 27-foot canoe, ready to cast. As I pull line from the Bogden reel, there is a distinctive, pleasing screech.

Read the rest here. LINK  (Via: The Snaz)

Fishing and Thinking


Welcome to Streamthought  LINK

September 10, 2008

Catch and Release


A short story by Suzanne LaFetra that was selected to appear in the literary magazine The Pearl.

She always noticed her father’s hands; the blunt, short nails, the left thumbnail deeply ridged, the pale hairs sprouting from the back, lying down like complacent soldiers. “No, Erica. Not like that.” He had taken the fishing rod from her. “Use a blood knot instead. It’s stronger.”

Via: Suzanne Lafetra  LINK

September 03, 2008

Looking for that signed first edition?


The mission of An Anglers Bookcase is to provide  quality, collectible literature to the fly fishing enthusiast, at prices that will continue to support an enthusiasm for our sport and its prose. LINK

August 25, 2008

Inheriting the F - Gene


Kelley Moen ponders whether her 4 month old son Charlie has inherited the f-gene.

Has he inherited the f-gene?  And if so, is it the dominant or recessive gene?  Will the waters of Oregon satisfy him?  Will he be content to fish the Deschutes, Metolius, Fall River and dozens of small lakes in the Cascade Lakes region near Bend and Mt. Bachelor? Or, as I did, will he move away from home, the moment he reaches driving-age, to be near Montana’s blue-ribbon trout streams, the waters romanticized in “The River Runs Through It”?

Via: New West LINK

Baby J has the f-gene!


July 23, 2008

Spirituality Through Ethical Fishing Practices:David James Duncan’s The River Why


An essay by Brently Johnson. LINK

July 21, 2008

The River and the Maiden


Gerald L. Smith equates college life to The River Why in this 2002 Sewanee scholarship week talk.

These are not just pilgrimage books; I would characterize them   more accurately as "quest" books, books that tell a story about vision,   passion, and a distant goal--symbolized here for Duncan in the beautiful maiden   flyfishing naked in a tree.

June 25, 2008

Powell's Books Q & A with David James Duncan


With filming starting soon on The River Why, this Q & A with D.J.D. from back in 2001 is still relevant today. You can read the entire interview here. LINK

This respons to a question about a favorite pair of shoes is vintage Duncan,

What makes your favorite pair of shoes different from the rest?

My Patagonia wading shoes are different from my others in that they have felt soles and fit over waders, and so allow me to walk comfortably for hours in and out of cold moving water. What this does to a walk is pretty amazing. Two days ago, for instance, I crossed a muddy channel that no one in regular shoes could possibly have crossed without getting their shoes sucked off. This brought me, still warm and dry, to a magic island. I then walked miles up through this island, which reminds me of some glorious deer park where the Buddha would hang out — herds of literally a hundred or more whitetail deer fleeing in the distance. Wild turkeys. Moose. Many many kinds of birds. Big serene Ponderosa pines. Great horned owls and bald eagles in the cottonwoods. Aspen groves with white bark, growing in "fairy rings" because the entire grove is a single organism that encloses you as you enter.

At the upper end of this walk I reached a favorite stretch of river where I hooked and after a long time landed a twenty-four-inch brown trout. This is a rare fish. A one in a ten thousand fish, maybe. A trout this big and powerful, in fast water, remains invisible for the longest time as you play it. On the end of a sensitive rod, this invisible life feels as though the kingdom of heaven is hidden inside the river and you have hooked into the kingdom and it's electrocuting you with a strange feeling that enters your hand and shoots up your arm and soon fills your whole body. It is indescribable to finally capture and briefly hold such a wild, shining creature in your hands, then quell its fear by returning it to its kingdom.

Combining such walks with my love for contemplative literature, I trudge along in my favorite shoes, on the way back to my little truck with the Live Aloha bumpersticker, thinking about the saints and mystics. Catherine of Siena, for example, said, "All the way to heaven is heaven." On the face of it, I was thinking the other day, this is an insanely optimistic statement that flies in the face of a ton of our grimmest experiences. Yet Catherine of Siena was no fool. Nor was she sheltered. She lived in a time of hatred, and she made her outrageous statement even though half of Italy and beloved members of her family were killed, during her early childhood, by the Black Death.

Catherine owned no felt-soled wading shoes, I was thinking, and so maybe took no Magic Island walks. But my theory is that she walked around feeling as though she was playing a fish like my Magic Island Brown Trout anyway. Catherine of Siena, it seemed to me in my favorite shoes the other day, somehow hooked an invisible and interior fish that somehow connected her to kingdom and electrocuted her daily with joy.

And you know what? I believe what I was thinking in my best shoes on my magic island the other day. I believe Catherine was playing such a fish. I believe we are, too. And hope we grow ever more vividly aware of it.  

May 12, 2008

Barr's Flies - Now with Leather


Barr's Flies is available directly from Barr's site in a special leather bound edition.


May 08, 2008

While Supplies Last


John Geirach has autographed 500 copies of his new book for Feathercraft customers.


April 30, 2008

Mikey Wier Searches for Steelhead in the Oregon Wilderness

Photo by Justin Baillie

Take a break and head into the Oregon Wilderness with Mikey Weir.

Via: The Cleanest Line LINK

January 31, 2008

Zen and The Art of Fly-Fishing


A look back at what Time was saying back in 1989. 

It is in some ways a dangerous sport too, but less for the fish than for the angler's relatives. Fly-fishermen can quickly become world-class bores. LINK

December 24, 2007

Twas The Night Before Caddis


A Chum Christmas Eve tradition.

Twas the night before Christmas when down by the stream
The full moon looked out on a chill winter scene.
A lone trout was sipping a midge in his brook,
Untroubled by worries of fishers with hooks.

Then from above a small sleigh did appear
Pulled by a brace of eight tiny reindeer.
It swerved of a sudden and down it did glide,
Settling its runners along the streamside.


October 23, 2007

Yale Press Podcast


In this episode James Prosek talks about the 10th Anniversary of the Yale Anglers Journal. LINK

July 11, 2007

Tying Inappropriate Flies


An entry on Gillraker by Andrew Steketee

Appreciating images of Dan Fink’s fly-tying nihilism (rattlesnake anatomy, hunting rounds, political hyperbole, etc. appended to fish hooks), I’ve concluded the fly-tying universe has missed the point around imagination. Not some compromised blend of utility, biology, and inspiration, but tying for tying’s sake — flies that sound less like the Fray, and more like Wilco or The Cold War Kids when played … DanBob’s Diamondback, Worm Ball, the Greedy George. LINK

June 01, 2007

But above all else, Griffen is a steelhead fly-fisherman of enviable sophistication


A free novel courtesy of Magnolia Hill.  LINK

May 22, 2007

A philosophical rumination on life, fly fishing and family.


Watercolorist Maurey Katell's website Watercolor Passion has a number of pages dedicated to his family's adventures in life and fly fishing.

The title above says it all. However, you are just getting my perspective on the matter--and I think it fair that you get to see the other side of the coin. So, against my better judgment, I'm providing links to thoughts by my sons and nephew--Mike, Josh, and Todd. Mike uses the pen name of Royal Wulff and Josh uses the pen name of Trout, and Todd uses Floyd. Where those names came from is beyond me. The epistles they write will add perspective to my thoughts on life, family, and fly fishing.



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