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Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Martinlf
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Martinlf on Jul 14, 2009July 14th, 2009, 6:52 pm EDT
Eric mentioned fly fishing novels in a recent post. I keep thinking about creating an interdisciplinary college course based on fly fishing literature and entomology so I'll ask, what are your favorite works of fiction--novels, poems, short stories, plays--that treat fly fishing.

Here are a few of mine:

The River Why by James Duncan (novel)

"Song of the Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yeats (poem)

Eric, and others, what are yours?
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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Ericd on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 2:25 pm EDT
I'm glad you started this. Martin, is it?
I'm not too much into poetry, I try, but I'll try Yeats; thanks.

I just, and I mean just, finished the series by John Galligan.

I just, and I mean three minutes ago, started my first Gierach book, Fool's Paradise. The first two pages are great.

I was reading The River Why waiting for my son to be born and finished it while he slept in my lap. There's sentiment. There's a film coming, FYI.

I think I liked The Snowfly more than most do. It was the first book that I wanted to read again immediately.

There's always a Hemingway book or collection in my bathroom or on my nightstand. Sorry for the visual, but I've read most Hemingway in the bathroom. Would he appreciate that?

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is good.

The Trout Whisperers passed the time in the off season.

Pale Morning Done is good.


That might be it...


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RleeP on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 3:40 pm EDT
"The Snowfly" - Joseph Heywood.

Not necessarily totally about fly fishing, but the sport is woven all through this (IMO) top-notch novel that takes the reader from the UP to Vietnam to Moscow to a uranium mine in Canada to the Pere Marquette and back to the UP.
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RleeP on Jul 15, 2009July 15th, 2009, 3:43 pm EDT
Whoops, did somebody already mention the Heywood book on the other thread?

Sorry...:)
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Softhackle on Jul 16, 2009July 16th, 2009, 3:47 am EDT
Hi,
There's a lot of literature, but not a lot is fiction. Some good books, just for reading are:

Trout Madness- Robert Traver
Trout Magic- Robert Traver
Fishless Days, Angling Nights- Sparse Gray Hackle (Alfred Miller)
The Trout Fisherman's Bedside Book- Raymond Macdougall
Remembrances of Rivers Past- Ernest Schwiebert

Not all fiction, but great reading.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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Martinlf on Jul 16, 2009July 16th, 2009, 8:13 am EDT
I'm hoping to try some of these soon, perhaps when the Tricos start to wane. Thanks, and if anyone else has favorites, keep them coming. The Snowfly sounds compelling.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Ericd on Jul 16, 2009July 16th, 2009, 10:14 am EDT
Also, if anyone more web-savvy than myself can find a list of novels online that deal with fly fishing could you let me know? There's a ton of resources for non-fiction, but not for fiction. Maybe this forum will become that resource...
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Ericd on Jul 20, 2009July 20th, 2009, 2:22 pm EDT
Chapter seven, Road Books, in Gierach's Fool's Paradise is a good one.
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BGrnFlyfish on Jul 30, 2009July 30th, 2009, 10:32 am EDT
Some books I enjoy reading are written by John Geirach...I have read Fool's Paradise/Sex,Death,& Fly Fishing/ I am currently reading At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman. I enjoy reading them when I am working during the week and can't be on the water!
Seth-Big Green River, WI
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Patcrisci on Aug 13, 2009August 13th, 2009, 1:07 pm EDT
Wow! This could be a series of courses beginning with the earliest writings by Dame Juliana Berners and Izak Waltaon, et al, right up to the contemporary practicioners of the art.

Mark, I favor Traver's Trout Magic and Sparse's Fishless Days, Angling Nights. I have a soft spot for Bergman's Trout and anything by Nick Lyons. TO me, Lyons' work transcends the world of fly fishing and is a larger metaphor for modern man and the way we live. Somehow, when I read a piece by Lyons, I am connected not just to the community of flyfishers, but to the community of mankind, and every being in the natural world... ah but I wax philosophical. I think this is a great idea for a college course.
Pat Crisci
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Martinlf on Aug 14, 2009August 14th, 2009, 3:37 am EDT
I'm very fond of Nick Lyons work also. I went to grad. school with his son Paul, and have a collection of his work that I'd use if I do create a course based on fly fishing literature. I appreciate the encouragement.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Teddyp on Aug 14, 2009August 14th, 2009, 3:42 am EDT
Just starting reading sex, death, & leaky waders, a compilation of Geirach and I can't put it down. Funny and poignant, it's a great read and I'll definitely start picking up his others.
Ted
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CaseyP on Aug 14, 2009August 14th, 2009, 5:21 am EDT
if I do create a course based on fly fishing literature.


yo, Louis! when you do get your round "tuit", could you either tell us where to come to attend the class, or figure out with Jason how to put it on here? i've been waiting for this class for ages!
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Patcrisci on Aug 16, 2009August 16th, 2009, 4:12 am EDT
Of course, there is a genre of sporting literature and within that genre, a sub-genre of flyfishing literature. It's interesting to note how certain authors have built traditions, shaped attitudes, philosophies, and tactics of flyfishing (and flytying too). These I would classify as didactic, or instructional works. Others, like Lyons, for one, while also educational, I beleive are more in the literary vein of essay, short story, or novel in which flyfishing figures, yet is not central to the story. As a sportsman, author, and lover of language and literature, I find this topic very interesting.
Pat Crisci
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Ericd on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 1:20 pm EDT
While entering inane details during my 9-5 into an Excel spreadsheet today, I decided to just start one about fly fishing fiction that I called Trout Fiction. I've looked all over for this list of literature, or just novels or stories, pertaining to fly fishing for trout and failed. That list doesn't exist. I am only interested in fiction and it doesn't have to enirely revolve around trout, because that's why non-fiction exists, but it does have to deal with it in some way that is more than an abstract reference. Lists pertaining to the non-fiction genre are ubiquitous, but I wouldn't hesitate to sign up for a class on the topic. Once I get the list of the books that I know of, then I'll share it here and hopefully get some additions to it.
Anyone have any ideas on how to make such a list available in a more creative way than in a friggin' Excel spreadsheet, please let me know. I usually take the easy/practical way out regardless of how boring and sequential it is.
eric
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Taxon on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 2:32 pm EDT
Eric-

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but my belief is that everything which has ever been written about fly fishing is at least 50% fiction, except for this statement, of course.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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Martinlf on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 2:53 pm EDT
50%? That's pretty generous, Roger.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
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Konchu on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 2:54 pm EDT
The Bait - by John Donne
it is a parody of Marlowe, but a darn good one that just happens to use references to fly fishing
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Ericd on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 3:46 pm EDT
anyone know the ISBN for The Bait by John Donne?

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Taxon on Sep 22, 2009September 22nd, 2009, 4:39 pm EDT
Eric-

The Bait is a single poem, and the first one in:

Poems of John Donne
John Donne Hayes Barton Press ISBN: L-999-70257
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
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