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Trout Friends

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In these stories, popular Chicago Tribune outdoor columnist Bill Stokes gives himself over to his true passion, trout fishing. It is an activity, possibly a madness, that moves him, time and again, to stand knee-deep in cold and murky waters, offer himself up to clouds of hungry mosquitoes, and attempt to keep from snagging his line in overhanging limbs while trying to out ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Prairie Oak Press
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Elizabeth Robbins
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're fascinated by the conversations of grumpy old men, you know, the ones who sit in rockers on the front porch of the small town general store, you'll love this book! Weaving tales around fishing, Stokes has masterfully captured exactly the type of unfiltered "shoot the sh#t" demographic you'll find gathered at the local mini mart coffee counter, jawing around the picnic table at the town square, or telling tall, slightly profane tales that they can't tell their wives or children. Stifel ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the author’s outdoor columns written for the Chicago Tribune gathers together fish tales, some funny, some painful. Anyone who has gone fishing will relate to his adventures. For those who have not, they will want to try fishing at least once.

LibraryThing Member Giveaway randomly chose me to receive this book free from the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

Trout Friends and Other Riff-Raff
: Bill Stokes

A collection of fish stories, not just the ones that got away! These are more stories of friendships while fishing.

The narration was well done by David Stifel.

"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review

Not much on fly fishing. A little too redneck, and stories about how out of sorts everyone was. Nice reference to the settings.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Elena Alvarez Dosil
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I was offered a copy of this audio book in audio format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is an collection of stories about fishing. Stokes starts the book complaining about age and how it has affected one of his favorite hobbies, to continue telling how he discovered it and all the people that were important in his life regarding fishing trips. The book is full of funny and endearing anecdotes which w
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much of a factual reader and prefer my books to be fiction, as life is hard and it's nice to escape, but this author's work has managed to bring me away from every day life and become immersed in the tales he weaves. He has a way with words that are effortless and makes for a very entertaining and interesting read.

This one is no different. It's a collection of stories, well memories would best describe them, about a past time that he is passionate about. Memories of years and people gon
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a story about catching fish. It's about the experiences of the fishing trip itself. It is written from the perspective of the writer, Bill Stokes. These are stories from his youth to adulthood. And they're all true like most fishing stories are of course with just a little embellishment. Great collection of fishing tales sure to give you a few laughs. Great narration by David Stifel. ...more
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Born in Barron, Wisconsin, on September 11, 1931, Bill Stokes grew up on a small dairy farm between Barron and Rice Lake. He began his official writing career as an outdoor writer and general reporter for the Stevens Point Daily Journal, where he served as columnist, reporter and outdoor writer. In 1961 he moved to the Wisconsin State Journal, in Madison, where he wrote outdoor and personal column ...more

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