This Week's View
by Deanna L. Birkholm
October 19th, 1998
New Releases of Old Books
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
We received a new catalogue this week from The Lyons Press.
Being a 'book person' (who is running out of book shelving again) I spent a couple
of hours drooling over new titles.
One in particular struck my fancy. The Quotable
Fisherman, Edited by Nick Lyons. This is a collection of more than
350 memorable quotes about the pleasure and passion of fishing. Some by writers
you may have read, and some from time past. A lovely way to spend a blustery
The surprise, (and a most pleasant one) was the number
of new releases of old books! Nick Lyons is the author of eighteen books himself,
most of them on fly fishing, so it makes perfect sense he would have the knowledge
and appreciation for the old books. Especially on fly fishing! He is a rather
accomplished fly angler.
Here are some of the older titles to look for at your favorite
book seller. The descriptions of the books are direct from the catalogue,
( my comments in parenthesis.)
FLY-TYING, Helen Shaw. No book has taught more serious fly
tiers the basic skills of fly tying. ( Our old copy is badly dog-eared and worn.)
THE ATLANTIC SALMON, Lee Wulff. "If you want to know
about Atlantic Salmon - everything from the fish's natural history to what makes it
rise and how to catch it - you should read this one book."- Fly Fisherman. (I thought
this one was available only from book collectors!)
BLUEFISHING, Henry Lyman. What the saltwater angler needs
to know about the bluefish, "Classic". - Philadelphia Inquirer.
A MODERN DRY-FLY CODE, Vincent C. Marinaro. A classic and
revolutionary work on dry-fly fishing with aquatic and terrestrial artificials. (Also the
ultimate authority on what and how trout see. Probably nothing influenced our fly
fishing for trout more than this one book.)
IN THE RING OF THE RISE, Vincent C. Marinaro. A startling and
penetrating look at trout behavior - with insights that have been hailed by a generation
of fly fishers. (JC and I included!)
On a budget? Several of the Swisher and Richards books
are now available in Paperback:
EMERGERS - Examine the emergence patterns of trout-stream
insects and many effective new fly patterns and fishing techniques.
FLY FISHING STRATEGY - A classic system of practical
fishing techniques - cast, approaches, patterns, and equipment - that every fly
fisher can use.
SELECTIVE TROUT - A guide to choosing the proper fly and presentation
to catch trout. (Really the book that launched Swisher and Richards.)
Also available in Paperback:
MEASURE OF THE YEAR, Roderick L. Haig-Brown. This memorable
book offers the best of Haig-Brown's reflections on life.
RETURN TO THE RIVER, Roderick L. Haig-Brown. The classic story of
the Chinook run and of the men who fish it.
FISHERMAN'S SUMMER, Roderick L. Haig-Brown. A loving portrait
of the author's home rivers of British Columbia, their fish, their history, and their future.
(Roderick Haig-Brown is considered one of the finest fishing writers of our time.)
Gratefully the publishing world is alive and well - and continues
providing the fly fishing world with the printed word. The web and the internet
are a tremendous information resources. And we are committed to it.
But there is nothing like a book!
~ Deanna Birkholm
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