The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing (Paperback)

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A story of the history, science, art, and culture of fly fishing — with a good dose of trivia, data, and anecdotes — just enough to keep fly fishers and non-fly fishers “on the hook.” (Sorry!) The allure here is that fly fishing makes catching a fish as difficult as possible. And absurd — we learn there are 30,000 different “recognized” flies but trout are thought to eat no more than 1,000 kinds of insects. So 29,000 flies are essentially craft and beauty for the angler. A graceful cast is often elusive and the targets — salmon, trout, and char — are highly intelligent, strong, and often win. As one of the fastest growing sports in the world (with increasing numbers of women), fly fishing has captivated Kurlanksy for a lifetime. And the experience of nature is a worthy reward for the challenge. 

— Carolyn

About the Author


Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, Paper, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, International Night, The Eastern Stars, A Continent of Islands, and The White Man in the Tree and Other Stories. He received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. Salt was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. He spent ten years as Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City. www.markkurlansky.com.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781635578751
ISBN-10: 1635578752
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: March 1st, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English