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View From Rat Lake

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Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.

“In the world of fishing there are magic phrases that are guaranteed to summon the demon. Among them are: ‘remote trout lake,’ ‘fish up to 13 pounds,’ ‘the place the guides fish on their days off,’” writes John Gierach in this wonderfu
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 15th 1989 by Simon & Schuster (first published December 1st 1988)
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I had a déjà vu moment when I came to the panfishing story (The Music of the Spheres), because even though it is very well done, and I admire the sheer chutzpa of anyone trying to make a name as a fly fishing writer and writing about dry fly fishing coming out as a serious fisher of bass and – gulp – pumpkinseeds – I still got halfway through it and thought , for the second time, “I’m tired of this, maybe I’ll skip ahead to the next one…” I didn’t, and I was glad, because then I got the same ...more
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