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Nick Lyons, Jim Harrison, and Pam Houston are among the many excellent writers who contribute to this collection of ruminative and lyrical essays on fly-fishing. The observation is made more than once in Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing that the kind of temperament drawn to fly-fishing is also the type to feel a tug of adrenaline on the line at the sight of a well-crafted sentence. Not surprisingly, this collection will appeal to the fly-fishing enthusiast as well as the devoted reader. Narrator Brian Morris gives a thoughtful and evocative reading of these many essays, which are by turns humorous, insightful, and beautiful. An artful and meditative commemoration of an artful and meditative pastime.

Publisher's Summary

Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, and more, share stories of fly fishing and life on the river. This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about one of the world’s most solitary and satisfying sports: fly fishing. For the first time, the stories of thirty-one acclaimed writers including Kim Barnes, Walter Bennett, Russell Chatham, Guy de la Valdne, Robert DeMott, Chris Dombrowski, Ron Ellis, Jim Fergus, Kate Fox, Charles Gaines, Bruce Guernsey, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Michael Keaton, Greg Keeler, Sydney Lea, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Craig Mathews, Thomas McGuane, Joseph Monninger, Howard Frank Mosher, Jake Mosher, Craig Nova, Margot Page, Datus Proper, Le Anne Schreiber, Paul Schullery, W. D. Wetherell, and Robert Wrigley come together in one collection. Fly fishers and non-fly fishers alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of the appreciation of nature, the necessity of conservation, and the joy and knowledge that come from time spent on fresh and salt water. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the allure and spirit of fly fishing and those that love it.
©2012 Robert DeMott (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Richard C.
  • 08-10-21

spectacular and nostalgic

not one bad story in the entire lot and as someone who started fly fishing at age 9, it was evocative of many past memories. some were uplifting, some had a tinge of sadness and one made me absolutely furious regarding the coniving greed and selfishness of certain individuals who shall remain nameless yet hopefully will reap a karmic comeuppance of galactic proportions. I thourougly enjoyed the entire saga and was struck by the realization that I miss the he'll out of fishing due to self imposed restrictions of my leisure time. I intend to correct that in the future, hopefully...

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  • jordan
  • 29-08-21

Lots of Great Stories

Well written and varied. Narrator seemed like he was reading, not telling, me the story sometimes.

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  • Elise H Schmidt
  • 12-01-18

Great book, narration was a little rough

Great writing throughout, as you'd expect just looking at the list of contributors. The arrangement of essays could have been organized with a bit more of a narrative, they felt a bit jumbled at times, and the narrator was a little deliberate and at times a bit monotone, but certainly an enjoyable listen.

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  • Haligator
  • 05-04-13

Monotone & Over Enunciated performance

What did you love best about Astream?

The great writers all together.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Morris’s performances?

NO WAY! This should be re-recorded by someone like Michael Taylor, who did The Reasonable Art of Fly Fishing.

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The superb writers aren't done justice because of the HORRIBLE narration. He over pronounces many words. His monotonous reading style coupled with this makes it sound like text to speech, only not as good. I was so looking forward to this. Now all I can think about is how I should have bought another book.

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  • 964a5
  • 10-05-13

Flowery nonsense

A slobbering tribute to the publisher. If you like flowery stories about fluttering dragonflies, and east coast pond fishing this is your book.

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