Book Reviews

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  • By: Seth Norman
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All Fishermen Are Liars
By John Gierach
2014; Simon and Schuster; www.simonandschuster.com
284 pages; hardcover; $24

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  • By: Seth Norman
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Troutsmith

An Angler’s Tales and Travels

By Kevin Searock

2011; Terrace Books (University of Wisconsin); www.uwpress.wisc.edu

182 pages; hardcover; $24.95

Books

  • By: Seth Norman
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“Fly-fishing literature” seems too small a fish to fillet into parts; worse yet, the cuts are often ragged. The cheap way to do this would be to call one genre “lyrical,” suggesting pirouettes, poetry and fiction, and the other “didactic,” usually too stiff and weighty a word. Even if these terms applied at all, the problem with reviewing collections of short works is that many contain pieces of both kinds. So let’s do this:

Books

  • By: Seth Norman
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PROFOUND RIVER RESEMBLES NO other contemporary American novel that includes fly-fishing in a significant way. It’s all at once a remarkably researched historical fiction based on one of our sport’s earliest, most revered and controversial figures; a deceptively delicate story of grace and humor and grit; a meditation filled with religious ritual but suffused with more humanism than dogma . . . and a how-to still relevant to anglers today.

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  • By: Joan Salvatto Wulff
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I didn’t know it at the time, but Joan Wulff first had an impact on my life when, as a teenager, I tightly gripped the cork of my father’s fly rod and made my first cast. Fly-fishing was to become an obsession, and at that moment I, like many female anglers, was indebted to Wulff for making fly-fishing both accessible to and acceptable for women.