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The Habit of Rivers: Reflections on Trout Streams and Fly Fishing [Paperback]

Ted Leeson

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; New edition edition (29 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592289541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592289547
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this critically acclaimed volume, avid fly-fisherman Ted Leeson takes his hobby to near metaphysical levels! He talks with incredible passion, insight and rare humour about how rivers, trout, and fly-fishing have come to mean so much, to so many. "The Habit of Rivers" explores the questions that have engaged fisherman for generations - why do rivers hold so much attraction, and why does fly-fishing breed such passion amongst those who practice it? Above all else, this volume is a wonderful celebration of the magnificent and majestic world that emanates from a river and is certain to become a favourite of all fly fishermen.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for all flyfishers and naturalists 26 Dec 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With the poetic delivery of Maclean, and the naturalist
vision of Thoreau, Ted Leeson paints a beautiful,and sometimes comical,
mosiac of fly fishing the Northwest. As I read this book I am
reminded that the most noble and rewarding aspect of my
sport is not the mere catching of fish, but it is the
beautiful & mystical arena in which we are privileged to
practice it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read slowly, it speaks to your soul. 5 Feb 2007
By Manxman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received this book from my son. He knows me as well as anyone. He knows I'm struggling with my "fishing experience" and looking for direction. I don't need to catch the biggest fish or experience the newest destinations. I need to fish. I need to fly fish. Ted Leeson helped tell me why. This book spoke to my soul. It corrected my direction. I have read many fishing books, some technical some just good stories. The first time, and I'll read it again, I read this book I realized early on that I needed to read it slowly, introspectively. I was in this book. Mr. Leeson spoke to me. He answered my direction question when he said, "In the end, to fish well is to cultivate an arrangement of time and place, of circumstance and perspective. We arrange ourselves into the arrangement, and if the collusion is careful and lucky, we reap a kind of enclosed moment of some sharply felt beauty and significance." The Habit of Rivers is a special book and I recommend it to any fly fisher looking for direction or confirmation.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Points of Fixity 16 Aug 2010
By Andrew Schonbek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As Ted Leeson writes in the introduction, "...this book is an attempt to discover points of fixity and pattern in our involvement with rivers and landscapes, with trout and fly fishing, as a way of plumbing their peculiar sustaining power".

If this strikes you as so much hooey, you might as well stop right there on page 4 and cut your losses. There's a lot more of this kind of cerebral musing throughout The Habit of Rivers.

If on the other hand, cerebral musing is what overtakes you as you fish, or if you don't fish but you do tend to muse cerebrally just for the heck of it, then this book's for you, for sure.

Here's a sampler of what's in store...

* The river is a flux, the salmon a counterflux. To fish the run is to share this paradoxical trajectory, moving at once forward to a conclusion and backward toward sources.

* The universe may, as science tells us, be composed of subatomic building blocks, but I suspect that irony is the mortar that holds them together. For no apparent reason, fate springs a handstand, inverting circumstance, momentarily turning the world into its opposite. In nature, the reversal produces vaguely disturbing anomalies.

* The very boundedness of the meadow and the tangibility of its limits curls your awareness inward, creating a small enclosed world inside of which boundaries disappear.

If your awareness doesn't easily curl inward to recognize this as a book about fishing, pick up something by Lefty Kreh. As for me, I reveled in the vaguely disturbing anomalies, and highly recommend it to both fishermen and non fishermen alike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it's cracked up to be 1 Jun 2010
By Lamimarman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Leeson is certainly a master at his craft of writing. But you need to like his style if you're to enjoy this book. You might love it, I just didn't. It's a bit choppy in it's delivery, a bit too many metaphors for my tastes, too many adjectives that seem to me to be just a bit too much. Read Middleton, or read some Steve Raymond, then read this, and if you like Leeson's style better that's great and more power to you. When I look for fishing books I want the author to just tell me what the heck they like and why without making it complicated, convoluted and metaphorical. You can get "deep" if you like, but too much of that and the motivation for writing the book is in question. "Deep" isn't a writing style, it's a feeling from the heart. I just don't think it comes through as much as other folks say it does. It is NOT a bad book, but if there are folks looking for Thoreau, this isn't Thoreau.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. 17 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Leeson's book is about flyfishing, but it is not your typical flyfishing book. It is much more well-written and insightful than anything else written on the subject. Read it; you will not be disppointed.
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