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4.0 out of 5 starsHow to get through the time until you get to fish
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2013
Being a fisherman who would just like to fish year around all the time, this book reflects somewhat how I feel going through a whole year of fishing. Though not living in the east with the very different seasons and where the weather can prevent you from doing anything, I ply my fishing addiction in Southern California - so I am use to having many different options for fishing that the author. However, many of the thoughts, feelings and situations which are described by the author are in fact similar to those I have felt over the years. I think that most fishermen who like to fish year around can associate with what Mr. Lyons writes about in this book. Again, another enjoyable book to read by Mr. Lyons.
Sometimes the old stuff is the best stuff. That is certainly the case with Nick Lyons earliest fly fishing collection, The Seasonable Angler. While Lyons recent works are, in the main, slightly different versions of his monthly column in Fly Fisherman Magazine, this slim volume seems fresh and original. Lyons writes about his fish-crazed childhood, about finding time to fish as a young father and family man, and about his evolution from a spin and bait fisherman to the fly rod. There is a wonderful tale about one opening day when Lyons was a little shaver. Loaded down with enough gear to mount an Arctic expedition he takes the train to his favorite river and proceeds to catch "green perch"; in fact, out of season bass...as a somewhat intimidating game warden explains. In The Seasonable Angler there is little of the sanctimony that mars and marks much of what is found in today's fly fishing writing. Lyons is not rabid about "catch and release", he occasionally takes a few fish for the frying pan. Nor is he a "fly rod snob" who groups spin/bait fishermen in the same category as Neanderthals. The writing in this book is fresh, there's barely a whiff of a "formula". The Seasonable Angler feels like writing for writing's sake, not another collection of 1,500 deadline-driven words. Thoughtful, humorous, somewhat nostalgic, this might be my favorite of Lyons works.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2013
If you like strong descriptive writing reminding you why as anglers you fell in love with this sport - then this book is well worth a look. If you are looking for a technical fishing guide then look elsewhere as the author focuses on the experience notthe process.