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Fly-Fishing for Sharks : An Angler's Journey Across America - Richard Louv

Fly-Fishing for Sharks

An Angler's Journey Across America

Paperback Published: 17th July 2001
ISBN: 9780743200257
Number Of Pages: 496

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For three years, journalist Richard Louv listened to America by going fishing with Americans. Doing what many of us dream of, he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from trout waters east and west to bass waters north and south. "Fly-Fishing for Sharks" is the result of his journey, a portrait of America on the water, fishing rod in hand.

To explore the cultures of fishing, Louv joined a bass tournament on Lake Erie and got a casting lesson from fly-fishing legend Joan Wulff He angled with corporate executives in Montana and fly-fished for sharks in California. He spent time with fishing-boat captains in Florida, the regulars who fish New York City's Hudson River, and a river witch in Colorado. He teamed secrets of fishing and living from steelheaders in the Northwest, Bass'n Gals in Texas, and an ice-fisher in the North Woods. Along the way, he heard from one of Hemingway's sons what it was like to fish with Papa and from Robert Kennedy, Jr., how fishing changed his fife.

As he describes the eccentricities, obsessions, and tribulations of dedicated anglers, he also uncovers the values that unite them. He reveals the healing qualities of fishing, how it binds the generations, how the angling business has grown, and how the future of fishing is threatened. But most of all, "Fly-Fishing for Sharks" is about the unforgettable characters Louv meets on the water and the stories they tell. From them, Louv learns about our changing relationship with nature, about a hidden America -- and about himself.

Industry Reviews

Michael Levy The Buffalo News I am blown away...The best book of armchair angling to hit the shelves in years. Jim Lehrer The News Hour, PBS Here's a book about fishing for people who do not fish...That's because its real subject is people. Elizabeth Grossman Chicago Tribune An enlightening glimpse into the world of piscatorial pleasures and what evokes such passion in its enthusiasts. Christopher Camuto Gray's Sporting Journal Through his travels, Louv becomes a kind of Studs Terkel of the fishing world...Makes me proud to be an American.

Introduction: Shop Talkp. 13
Headwatersp. 21
It Changes Everythingp. 23
The Lost Worldp. 33
Fish Eyes and Lizard Legsp. 46
Flyover Watersp. 61
You See That?p. 63
Mall Fishingp. 82
The Contenderp. 97
The Contestp. 114
Sex and the Bass'n Galsp. 135
Hidden Watersp. 167
Whitefish Willy and the Northern Lightsp. 169
Ice Flyingp. 188
Poaching the King's Fishp. 196
Flywatersp. 207
True Storyp. 209
Relicsp. 223
The Fishermomp. 230
Industrial-Strength Fly-Fishingp. 241
Lodge Lifep. 267
Fishing with Papap. 293
Ghostwatersp. 305
Nick Raven and the River of Heavenp. 307
River Witchingp. 318
The Giveawayp. 340
Fishing for Ghosts (or, Sasquatch of the Stilly)p. 357
City Watersp. 379
A Trout Grows in Brooklynp. 381
Down the Potomacp. 401
Saltwatersp. 409
Captains of Floridap. 411
Bring Me the Head of Osceolap. 428
Renewing Watersp. 449
Murky Waters: The Morality of Fishingp. 451
Fishing with Bobbyp. 462
Moving Onp. 472
Notesp. 477
Indexp. 483
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ISBN: 9780743200257
ISBN-10: 074320025X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 17th July 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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