THE PHILOSOPHICAL FISHERMAN by Harold F. Blaisdell

THE PHILOSOPHICAL FISHERMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the most satisfactory fishing books we've seen companionable, sensible and remarkably (for this is not a usual distinction of fishermen) modest. Mr. Blaisdell, who authored Tricks That Take Fish fifteen years ago, admits, ""I only wish that I knew as much about fishing now as I thought I knew then."" The text is crowded with quotable gems about the necessity of observing (it often seems more of a becoming-at-one-with) fish behavior, and the author discusses the many varieties of fishermen's choice, including the lordly trout: ""All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish."" As to flies -- all fish will take them if one fishes properly. The author discusses dry fly fishing (including a delightful anecdote about stocking a Vermont stream for Ike); bait fishing; ""backyard"" streams and ponds; lures and equipment in general: salmon, bass, walleyes, northern pike, ice fishing and a trip to Labrador-Ungava. Literate and witty -- a bonanza catch.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1969
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin