Ex­tra­or­di­nary True Fish­ing Sto­ries

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Cameron Pierce (Ed­i­tor), David R. Go­dine (FE­BRU­ARY) Soft­cover $18.95 (338pp), 978-1-56792-613-2

To fish is to know the sin­gu­lar, elec­tri­fy­ing mo­ment when fish, bait, line, rod, and wrist all sense the other in a shock of sur­prise. The sen­sa­tion is such a rush, few an­glers are con­tent to ex­pe­ri­ence it only once—whether an eight-ounce bluegill or eight hun­dred pound bluefin tuna is on the bait end. Alas, for those with no rod-an­dreel ex­pe­ri­ence, words and lan­guage can’t pos­si­bly re­place the real, on-the-wa­ter thrill of get­ting tight on a fish. The un­for­tu­nate truth is that no one ever fell in love with fish­ing while in­doors.

With a lineup in­clud­ing Rud­yard Ki­pling, Zane Grey, Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing, and forty other gifted writ­ers, Taut Lines: Ex­tra­or­di­nary True Fish­ing Sto­ries may chal­lenge that as­ser­tion.

To write about fish­ing, like na­ture and travel, seems to tease the best out of the best writ­ers. That they are typ­i­cally pas­sion­ate about the sub­ject helps, but the trio of gen­res also deal with soli­tude, chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, pa­tience, in­clement weather, in­tro­spec­tion, and na­ture’s oc­ca­sional bru­tal­ity. Fish­ing, in fact, is in­ci­den­tal to a few of the bet­ter sto­ries in Taut Lines, but an­glers will feel closer to their sport than ever.

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