Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
by Chris Santella
First published 2004. ISBN 1-58479-356-2. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. N.Y. Hardback 222pp Excellent colour photographs. 210mm x 185mm. Hardcover.
Amateur or expert, every angler dreams of landing “the big one,” but that’s only part of the appeal of fly fishing. Because even when hours pass without a bite, nothing beats the rugged beauty of the surroundings. For both armchair travellers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die maps out the meccas of the fly-fishing world.
Through in-depth interviews with the sport’s acknowledged gurus, author Chris Santella goes beyond standard guides to convey the very essence of the recommended locations. Readers can vicariously cast mouse patterns to fifty-pound taimen in the wilds of Mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, and match the hatch on Montana’s Armstrong’s Spring Creek.
The fifty essays include a background of each site, how-to hints, and colourful anecdotes based on the author’s and authorities’ experiences. With breathtakingly beautiful photographs of the spots, many by celebrated fly-fishing photographer R. Valentine Atkinson, the book also provides adventurous anglers with enough travel and tackle information so that they, too, can start planning fishing excursions around the globe.