“These are not how-to, where-to-go pieces of outdoor writing, but well-crafted essays on a life lived with fly-fishing, and thoughts of fly-fishing never far away. . . . [Lyons] breathes life and passion and soul into writing about the sometimes arcane world of fly-fishing.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
A Flyfisher's World
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-713-5 • $12.00 • Paperback • May 1998
This ample selection of articles and essays by one of
America’s most popular writers about fly-fishing begins with the moment, on
Michigan’s Au Sable River, when the author lost his heart to fly-fishing, and
it chronicles a fishing life punctuated by a revealing trip with one of his
grown sons and mellow reflections from a hospital bed.
This is the broadest of Nick Lyons’s books, with sections on
tarpon and pike fishing in the Marquesas and in France, bass bugging on a small
Connecticut pond, and trout fishing in unnamed creeks and blue-ribbon western
rivers, as well as reflections on such aspects of the sport as the flies that
are the underpinning of it all, the pursuit of records, the odd characters he’s
met along the way, and the increasing challenge of the crowds that pursue this
ever more popular sport.
By turns canny, hilarious, inquiring, and philosophic, A
Flyfisher’s World is an impressive addition to Nick Lyons’s important body
of writing about fly-fishing.