Fly Fisher's Guide to Crimes of Passion
More Sedition from the Master of Meander
by Seth Norman
The Lyons Press, 2004.
|Written in a colorful first person free-casting prose, the 25 essays in this collection cover a wide range of topics and terrain, all tied together like the fisherman's fly around an abiding obsession with the art of angling. A followup collection to the author's "Meanderings of a Fly Fisherman," this book provides more evidence that Seth Norman is one of the masters of the modern-day fish story.||"I
know what comes next, so I fumble about in my memory of the day. In this
mixed-bag impoundment I've taken some big rainbows and, often in pairs
on point a dropper fly, one billion small bass. I found the trout along
deepwater drop-offs, in channels between tall weed beds dying in winter.
The bass babies were everywhere, obviously, darting out from shreds of
cover, five inches long and quick as bats."
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|"The Humpy King Meets the Halibut God," for instance, is a fishy tale about a trip to a remote Alaskan fjord, home of the legendary Halibut God that the author -- known by his mates as the Humpy King for his appreciation of the humpback salmon -- hooks from the deck of the fishing boat Steller.|
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towering tree, tall as any this side of the redwoods, rises up from a wild
thicket of vines, blackberry brambles, and wet hummocks of high grass.
The sun has burned through the early morning clouds, so we're washed in
light both brilliant and soft, reflecting green everywhere, light shades
of new leaves mingling with the dark survivors of winter. The pond mirrors
it all from where we stand, smooth and emerald, district from the color
of land around it only for the addition of a cool, slate gray. "
A Crime of Passion
|Ranging from Alaska to Malaysia, from graceful fly poles to ugly insects, Seth Norman's free-spirited essays are a good catch for the outdoors reader.|