FISHERMAN'S WINTER by Roderick Haig-Brown


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An invitation to fish the lakes and rivers of Chile and Argentina was a dream any fisherman would seize, and Haig-Brown converts the opportunity into a record that combines enchanting travel reading with a book on fishing that even a non-fisherman can enjoy. One gets a feel of the country and the people, particularly Chile, of which much less is known; of the capital city, Santiago, the lakes and streams, and the happy people. He learned much of the mines and the lumbering from people he met. But the book is focussed on the fishing, and the factual data- which those who would follow in his foot-steps used to know- is painlessly introduced along with personal experience, vignettes of fishing companions, and some of the trial and error by which he learned the different techniques, the problems of flies vs hardware, the ease of hooking and the difficulty of taking, the hazards of heat and wind and horseflies, and the choice of months of the year. While he is tactful in expressing his preference, one senses that Argentina, while it provided some superb fishing experiences, did not capture his heart as did Chile. An appendix supplies practical information on birds, trees, plants -- and data on tackle -- and on costs. Haig-Brown is my favorite writer on a subject on which I have no working knowledge.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1954
Publisher: Morrow