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By jim brady March 23, 2011 - 7:29 pmI have four all-time favorites in the foilowlng order: 1. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean; 2. My Moby Dick by William Humphrey; 3. The Well-Tempered Angler by Arnold Gingrich; 4. Trout Madness by Robert Traver. I would add two volumes by Ernest Schwiebert, A River For Christmas and Remembrances of Rivers Past. My final choice is unusual being part technical and rare, but I still read it and it nourishes new ideas every time, The Art of Tying the Wet Fly and Fishing the Flymph, by James Leisenring and Vernon Hidy.
By March 28, 2011 - 9:03 amMy contribution to the dozen gestaert trout and salmon books of all time are:1. The River Why, David James Duncan2. On the Road to Gitchiegummie, Robert Jones3. or 4. Trout Madness, Robert Traver or Traver's Corners5 or 6. Silent Places, The Sporting Club, Tom McGuane7. A River Runs Through It, Norman McClean8. Big Two Hearted River, Parts I and II, Hemingway9. The Flying Fisherman, the Autobio of Gaddabout Gaddis, Gaddabout Gaddis. a great book, hard to find10 or 11. Jerusalem Creek, Ted Leeson or Inventing Montana12. or 13. Reel Deep in Montana's Creeks by John Holt or Coyote Nowhere or Knee Deep in Montana14. Pale Morning Done, Hull15. True Love and the Wooly Booger, Ames16. and finally i am enamored of John Galligan's books about Dog. The Wind Knot is his most recent one. There are other books about trout and salmon that could be included here, but i fought to find creative and fictionalized and imaginative works about trout and salmon. Easily Joe Brooks could have been included for the Complete Fly Fishing or one his other major contributions. In that realm I think of LaFontaine's books. But what I tried to do was include the most original and more modern of the flyfishing books that spoke to my creative thought process as opposed to how-to. I certainly missed some here such as John Geirach's books, the View from Rat Lake comes to mind. Donnel Thomas also comes to mind for my personal omission, his descriptions of fishing Montana during the Big Bug hatch on Mother's Day is priceless. Or My Personal Moby Dick from Bill Humphrey. I grabbed, however, some of the ones that kept me up at night reading and the ones that had a modicum of plot and story that were not slowed with archaic language and overblown hyperbole. Also, I strived for some sort of democracy in this, Robert Haig Brown, kept to his beloved BC and I thought that limited him. McGuane's book, 98 in the Shade was purely about big game fishing in the salt, even though he is a prolific trout man. Lefty Kreh of course is pedantic in his approach. So, what was left were those books that had a story, creative flow and were encompassing in nature.It is unfortunate that Cormac McCarthy's The Road, did not reference trout and salmon more, but the one scene in the book where the man recollects the stream where once swam a colorful trout spoke volumes to the danger of our environment that is posed by fracing and other insidious money makers that threaten the fish that are true barometers of the environment, our trout and salmon.
Well put, Dan. That makes me feel even better about my first three years of hiunntg, and last year, too. I had four successful years in between and...
By January 22, 2012 - 3:02 amI recall very well the inenicdt with the two aircraft that occurred fifty-one years ago. Mr. Baltz paints a vivid and affectionate picture of his brother and the horrific loss to his family tying it all into trout fishing. Together he tells a story of beauty, suffering and how fate can ravage. Thank you publishing this fine piece of journalism.
I think similar to other eraoninmentvl issues, there can be conflict between the fishermen who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and fishery scientists who realise that if future fish populations are to be sustainable then some fisheries must limit fishing or cease operations.
Good to hear from you Mike. I always know eaxltcy what to write to get you to pipe up, right? Reasonable people can disagree on these rankings, but Syracuse did just lose AT HOME to Pitt by DOUBLE DIGITS. I understand the Kansas-Cornell analogy by we all know Kansas would beat Cornell 9 out of 10 times. That's the definition of a fluke. Can we say that about Pitt-Cuse? I don't think so. Let me see more and then I will adjust accordingly. As for West Virginia and Villanova, I've had them 1-2 in that order since October and I see no reason to change that right now. Nova losing to Temple in one of those crazy Big 5 games (where upsets are commonplace) doesn't upset the apple cart in my mind. Again, it'll all play out. I actually enjoyed Boeheim's postgame after Seton Hall, even his potshot at the media about OOC schedule strength (at least the quotes were interesting and usable). Much better than the normal blah-blah-blah you get from a lot of the other guys. Bitter, the point about last year's Big East is how it was the deepest league ever. Obviously no league was better at the top than those mid-80s Big Easts. If it makes you feel better the next time it comes up I will put an asterisk and a footnote making this distinction. Piratefocus,I've been beating the drums for Fero Hall as you know, but he is way too small to play center in the Big East. Have you seen the size of the postmen on the other teams? Big John is a space-eater and is useful in short spurts (alas, his knees have robbed him of the rest). Fero has to beef up big-time before he can hold his own at center for any reasonable lengths.
Hey, Adam, don't you think the freshwater anergls of SJ would be better served by the State eliminating the trout stocking and focusing instead on enhancing the habitat and numbers of those species more natural to the region, like bass, crappie, and pickeral? Trout (and trout stamps) don't fit in slow-moving, warmer blackwater, except that the State can make a few extra bucks by convincing spring and fall Saturday anergls that they're really fishing with fly-rods and nymphs in the fast moving streamwaters of upstate New York.