“These thirty-seven stories take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offer an unauthorised (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan’s 1970s obsession with fishing.
Santella’s peripatetic lifestyle and eye for entertaining details even those that have little to do with the act of throwing flies at fish will make one look at fishing in a whole different way.”
A superbly entertaining collection of fishing tales covering the author’s fly fishing adventures at home in the USA and around the globe over the last 30 years.
As Gierach is the master of the long-form then by the same token, Santella is surely the master of the short story, displayed amply by these witty and descriptive writings for the likes of the New York Times, The Flyfish Journal and Greys Sporting Journal.
Reading this book was a bit like enjoying a fast-moving sitcom, one of those where the show is split amongst the different adventures of the whole cast coming together to form the complete episode. The first 3 chapters for example zip you from the remote Christmas Island in the Pacific, to the Deschutes river in the USA and then on to the famed Kola Peninsula in Russia via Finland. That pace is kept up throughout the book with a cast of fascinating characters, locations and experiences made larger than life by Santella’s portrayals, each one guaranteed you make you smile.
How best to sum up reading this book? Well as per one of the chapter titles about the language of fly fishing being hijacked by surfers, “It was Epic, Dude!”
Chris Santella is the author of 19 books, including Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die and Fifty Places To Play Golf Before You Die (The Fifty Places series has sold over 500,000 copies). He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Trout, Fly Rod & Reel, The Drake, American Angler, and Flyfish Journal. When not working, Santella loves to fish for steelhead on the Deschutes, Sandy, and North Umpqua Rivers. He lives in Oregon, USA.
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