From Hemingway’s Nick Adams and Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America, to A River Runs Through It and Brad Pitt wading the Blackfoot River on the big screen, fly-fishing holds a mythical place in the American cultural imagination. What’s so great about this sport? It’s a maddening thing to learn, much less to master. (It’s expensive, and arguably snobby, too.) But if we break it down, we might find that the practice and allure of fly-fishing is understandable, and even accessible. From the Art of casting to the Zen aspects of fly-fishing, Christopher Schaberg will take us through the ins and outs of this famously captivating, if often abstruse, activity.
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The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing, Mark Kurlansky
Northern Waters, Jan Zita Grover
1. What lifestyles do you associate with fly-fishing?
2. Where do you recall seeing images of fly-fishing in popular culture?
3. How does fly-fishing relate to environmentalism and ecological responsibility?
4. Why is the difficulty of fly-fishing part of its allure?