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The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Making peace with the world, sooner or later most of us have to.

But how?

For Ian Mac Bride, his way begins almost accidentally when, in 1909, he watches a fly-casting tournament in New York's Central Park, and begins to dream of becoming a great fly caster.

But soon Ian experiences personal tragedy, and then is appalled by the unexpected slaughter of World War I.

He retre
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 26th 2007 by Saw Mill River Press
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Oct 11, 2007 Cameron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fly-fishermen, fly-fisherwomen, anyone who likes philosophy and a good book
Mid summer a customer of the fly-shop where I work and order books for, came in with a book I had previously only seen in the back insert of a magazine or two.

Interested immediately, but stuck in the middle of summer guiding, I only got to it recently.

Along the lines of Harry Middleton's "The Earth is Enough," which is my favorite fly fishing book, Randy Kadish has written a generous, cross-generational book that views the world through the lense of fly-fishing/fly-casting.

There is an unfolding
ron swegman
May 01, 2010 ron swegman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels, angling
The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World is a debut novel as ambitious in its scope as it is picturesque on the page. Author Randy Kadish, whose short stories have appeared regularly in several national fly fishing magazines, uses the art of casting the fly line to tie together a unique New York story that encompasses love, loss, Pacifism, and other weighty subjects set against the backdrop of the city's Golden Age during the first half of the twentieth century.

Ian, the novel's cent
Doug Alcorn
Jan 16, 2014 Doug Alcorn rated it liked it
I mostly enjoyed this book. It reminded me of "A River Runs Through It". I only have a couple complaints. First, I think the peace theme was a little too heavy handed, particularly through the end. I, myself, would hate to send my own sons to war; but I still felt it was too much. The second, is that the main character never seems to mature. He's full of self-doubt and regrets his whole life; more than I think most people are. Anyway, it was a good premise and a different kind of book for me.
Bob Nelson
Jan 01, 2015 Bob Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flycasting with history and philosophy

I found this to be a wonderful tale of history and fly fishing. Through two world wars to present day, this story of a man's family and his obsession with fly casting become a metaphor for making sense of the world.
Feb 07, 2011 Norma rated it liked it
This book was considerably longer then the first one that I read by this author. Again I had received a coupon code in exchange for a review.

Once again, the author really delivered on creating characters that were believable. At times the story felt a little slow moving and choppy. However it really was a great tale. I loved the fact that young Ian had met up with Izzy after the fishing tournament.

One thing I came away with was the fact that sometimes life’s lessons come from people and places
Darrin Niday
Apr 18, 2011 Darrin Niday rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed the book. The characters were very believable, and I enjoyed reading about the time period it took place in. I'm going to have to work on my fly casting techniques now. I look forward to reading his next book.
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I'm a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, I gave up writing. Then my mother passed away, and I found that fishing helped ease my grief. Almost accidentally, I wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, my articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers' Journal.

To me, much of my writing is about how
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