Rivers of the Heart
A Fly-Fishing Memoir
Stories are what keep history alive, and Rivers of the Heart is the perfect book to keep the history of fly fishing alive. Steve Raymond shares some of the best and brightest moments from his nearly fifty years of fly-fishing experiences, a long fly-fishing life that contains ecstasy, agony, and passion for trout, salmon, and saltwater gamefish in waters from Canada to the Caribbean, northern Scotland to the South Pacific.
The heart-warming stories and funny moments within will delight and charm you to no end. Memorable fly-fishing partners, famous pioneer fly tyers, and old fishing friends are only a few of the charming characters you’ll meet.
How did fly patterns get their names? What would the perfect river be like? What would Dame Juliana Berners be doing if she were alive today? Discover the answers to all of these questions and more in this warmly written memoir of the people, places, things, realities, and fantasies encountered by the author in his lifetime of fishing he now remembers as his “rivers of the heart.”
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Fly-fishermen will enjoy this essay collection by the author of Steelhead Country and former editor of Fly-fisher magazine. There is the obligatory chapter on quaint characters, often laconic and monomaniacal veterans of the ichthyological wars but here broadened to include two visiting Russian opera stars who try their luck in the Pacific Northwest, Raymond's home territory. Four chapters on fishing expeditions to exotic locales--Christmas Island, the River Dee in Scotland, Turneffe Island off Belize and the Miramichi River in New Brunswick--will interest those who have never fished and don't know a bonefish from a salmon, because all make for fascinating travelogues. The subject of fishing is approached in many ways, from a discussion of the problems inherent in reviewing books on the subject through the life-cycle of the mayfly; to bamboo rods and the explosion of fly-fishing in the 1970s; to a portrait of the perfect river. There are informative snippets of information throughout, like the first literary mention of fishing with lures, which dates from the third century A.D. Kristopherson's line drawings add to the book's appeal.