About The Book
This ample selection of articles and essays by one of America’s most popular writers about fly-fishing begins with the moment, on Michigan’s Au Sable River, when the author lost his heart to fly-fishing, and it chronicles a fishing life punctuated by a revealing trip with one of his grown sons and mellow reflections from a hospital bed.
This is the broadest of Nick Lyons’s books, with sections on tarpon and pike fishing in the Marquesas and in France, bass bugging on a small Connecticut pond, and trout fishing in unnamed creeks and blue-ribbon western rivers, as well as reflections on such aspects of the sport as the flies that are the underpinning of it all, the pursuit of records, the odd characters he’s met along the way, and the increasing challenge of the crowds that pursue this ever more popular sport.
By turns canny, hilarious, inquiring, and philosophic, A Flyfisher’s World is an impressive addition to Nick Lyons’s important body of writing about fly-fishing.
“A Flyfisher’s World is Lyons at his best, and that is about as good as fishing writing gets . . . . A Flyfisher’s World has an elegiac quality; a sense of looking back over a life one has been blessed to have. It’s a graceful way of arrangingone’s hopes and memories.” –Craig Nova, Outdoor Life
“These are not how-to, where-to-go pieces of outdoor writing, but well-crafted essays on a life lived with fly-fishing, and thoughts of fly-fishing never far away. . . . [Lyons] breathes life and passion and soul into writing about the sometimes arcane world of fly-fishing.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Nick Lyons is a remarkably unpretentious writer, given all he knows and how well he writes. The essays in A Flyfisher’s World are the field studies of a cultivated man and a windfall to their delighted reader.” –Thomas McGuane
“An engaging new collection . . . A Flyfisher’s World amounts to, among other things, the autobiography of a fisherman.” –Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times