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Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Dieby Chris Santella
Synopses & Reviews
Amateur or expert, every angler dreams of landing "the big one," but that's only part of the appeal of fly fishing. Because even when hours pass without a bite, nothing beats the rugged beauty of the surroundings. For both armchair travelers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die maps out the meccas of the fly-fishing world. Through in-depth interviews with the sport's acknowledged gurus, author Chris Santella goes beyond standard guides to convey the very essence of the recommended locations. Readers can vicariously cast mouse patterns to fifty-pound taimen in the wilds of Mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, and match the hatch on Montana's Armstrong's Spring Creek. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba (tarpon), the Zhupanova River, Kamchatka (rainbow trout), and the Rio Negro, Brazil (peacock bass) are also included. The essays include a cultural and natural history of each site, along with colorful anecdotes based on the author's and authorities' experiences. With breathtakingly beautiful photos of the spots, many by celebrated fly-fishing photographer R. Valentine Atkinson, the book also provides adventurous anglers with enough travel-and-tackle information so that they, too, can start planning excursions to go fish around the globe.
"Santella, a freelance writer for the New York Times, the New Yorker and Fly Rod & Reel magazine, offers 50 short takes on the ultimate fly-fishing destinations in this beautifully photographed and nicely packaged volume. Each locale comes recommended by an avid fisher; for example, the founder of Frontiers Travel, Mike Fitzgerald, and his son, also named Mike Fitzgerald, suggest fishing for Atlantic salmon at Laxa I Adaldal in Iceland. Fly-fishing instructor Cathy Beck leads Santella to the thrill of catching snook off Boca Paila in the Yucatan. And Sweetwater Travel founder Jeff Vermillion describes the excitement of fishing on the Ponoi River in Mongolia for taimen ('the world's largest almonid, capable of reaching 70-plus inches in length and more than 100 pounds'). In Europe, Simon Gawesworth tells Santella about the trick to fishing brown trout on the River Test in Stockbridge, England, where wading is forbidden. The book also highlights more traditional (though no less exciting) trout fishing destinations, such as the Bighorn River in Montana and the Green River in Utah. With its elegant descriptions, gorgeous photos and practical information on accommodations and equipment, this book is a dream travel guide for avid fly-fishers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Santella is a freelance writer, marketing consultant, and avid fly fisherman based in Portland, Oregon. To compile his list of 50 places, he interviewed master fly fishers--fishing writers and editors, fly-shop owners, outfitters, booking agents, professional fly tiers-- about some of their favorite fly-fishing experiences. The 50 locations are presented in alphabetical order (by state or province if American or Canadian; the rest by country); each entry includes a brief descriptive essay about the site, followed by details on the prime time of year to go, how to get there, accommodations, and equipment recommendations. Illustrated with color photographs. No subject index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fly-fishing experts share the world's greatest destinations.
For both armchair travelers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Santella maps out, thoroughly reviews and provides beautiful photographs of the meccas of the fly-fishing world.
About the Author
CHRIS SANTELLA regularly plies his local rivers in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, and Fly Rod & Reel, among other publications. This is his first book.
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