Gosh I did enjoy this book. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is - the musings of an 80 year old man as he is about to, and does, meet his 8 year old grandson for the first time. He meets his grandson on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada. He's been on the island before in the 1960s, and has a rich store of fascinating stories to tell about the two years he spent in a cabin by a lake. His musings are intelligent, erudite, informed, philosophical, wise and gentle. There is much here to learn about how we might live our lives. Oh, and of course there is much to learn about fly fishing too, but, to pinch a phrase from Lance Armstrong, it's not about the fish! I highly recommend this to anyone who treasures mindfulness, thoughtfulness, and the big picture. Absolutely beautiful. I hope Tony Taylor writes another book soon.