So many fishing books have told of fishing in Canadian waters, in the Pacific Northwest, in the South, in New England, etc. that it is refreshing to have as background Northern Wisconsin primarily (with side excursions over the border into Canada- or to Minnesota -- or down the Mississippi Valley). A very personal angler's story, with some tall tales and fishing yarns, with lots of personal experience of fishing for walleyes, muskies, black bass, northern pike, small mouth bass, lake trout, whitefish, small fish, etc. The boyhood part is particularly delightful- days when the spirit of angling took hold of him, when a tamarack pole and dug bait and a willow whistle as lure seemed heaven. Gradually he acquired facility in making flies; gradually he became an expert on rods and rools- and he shares his knowledge. Eventually he fished in the High Sierras and the Far West. But the magic was there- wherever he went. And he has the faculty so many fishermen seem to have, to share it with his readers.