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Inventing Montana: Dispatches from the Madison Valley
by Ted Leeson
Every summer for two decades, Ted Leeson and a maverick group of close companions have returned to an old ranch house on the benchland overlooking the Madison River. Trout and fly fishing may be at the heart of their ritual return, but their experience goes far beyond the fishing. Leeson contemplates both the human and natural landscape brilliantly: the fly-anglers’ passio ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing
(first published 2009)
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Jan 19, 2010 Scott C rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anglers, those interested in Montana, those interested in the west
Ted Leeson has been one of my favorite authors since his first book in 1994, The Habit of Rivers. That book contained essays concerning his trip throughout the western United States mostly fishing for native trout. Since then he has written a fair number of books on flies and fly tying. I rarely buy those types of books, preferring the literary over the practical (let’s not think what that might say about me), but it is his essays that I look forward to reading. Two years after his debut book he ...more
Not a new book by any means, but one that I just finished reading, "Inventing Montana - Dispatches from the Madison Valley" proved to be a great read. The descriptive word-painting throughout conjures visions of places I've never been. With characters like "The Painter", "The Mechanic" and "The Artist" among others creates a feeling that this could be any group of friends spending the summer together in a rented ranch house. The "Dispatches" format allowed me to enjoy reading even with my consis ...more