“I love Nick Lyons’s books. Every sentence is so full and ripe with whatever it is that keeps us fishingand the minute-by-minute surprise and delight of it.” Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II and the author of Birthday Letters
My Secret Fishing Life
978-0-8021-3842-2 • $13.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2001
Beyond his life as an English professor, book publisher, and writer, Nick Lyons has always had a “secret fishing life,” a deep and abiding passion for fishing, especially with a fly. In this, his eighteenth book, he fishes in “riskier waters” than he has ever fished in before—and has caught his greatest prize.
Fishing and painting, business and leisure, very short essays and book-length explorations form the core of this new book by one of America’s finest angling writers. As he says in his introduction, this book “punctuates a long period of my life, begun in early childhood, refashioned as an adult with fly rod and feathered things, brought full circle by my having put it all, enough times now, to paper, each time, I think, circumscribing a larger circle around that deep core, my secret fishing life.”
My Secret Fishing Life is Lyons’s effort to bring together the diverse threads of his life—the joys of a fly fisher’s spring, the pleasures of fishing an old farm pond, reflections on first and last days of the season, a unique record of his life as an editor and publisher of books about angling, the process of aging, threats to fishing waters, various ways to fish, and much else, always tempered by Lyons’s hallmark self-deprecating humor.
This is Nick Lyons’s most personal book. It will be a revelation and joy to all those who have lived a full life and fished “risky waters.”