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The Fly Fisherman's Guide to the Meaning of Life (Guides to the Meaning of Life) Hardcover – 24 Jul 2002


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"The Fly Fisherman's Guide to the Meaning of Life"
On Riding Things Out
When things are great, anglers are known to enter a kind of fishing rapture. But once in this state, the minute things slow down they want to race off to the next spot. This is the piscatorial presumption that the fishing is always better on the other side of the lake. It isn't-- and more times than not if you leave fish to find fish you will find nothing. When the going is good, stay with it.
On The Nature Of Success
You fail more than you succeed. One cast out of ten, or twenty, or a hundred may produce a strike at the other end of the line.... And then, when a fish does take the fly, you must set the hook, fight it well, and not let it break your leader with its leaps and runs and dives under a rock or branch. All in all, the odds are against you big time. Still, the pursuit excites.
On Home Turf
Home is where you feel safe when your children go fishing. Home is where you know when it is unsafe. Home is where every one of your friends has a fish tale about a place you know. Home is where no one cuts you slack about your own embroidered fishing yarns.... Home is anywhere, then, where the quality of the experience, if only for a moment, makes you feel "I have always been here."
On Getting Older
The key to enjoyment at fifty-five is the same as the key to enjoyment at fifteen: Do whatever you can do as well as you can, then try to do a little more-- but don't try to rewrite the record books. You probably can't, and it's not important anyway.
On Teaching And Learning
This would not be the frist time in the course of our week that my daughter would outfish me. As she caught big fishand learned to play them, her confidence increased and her casting improved, thanks in no small part to her guide.... I was happy that she had finally moved into the class of real fly fisherpeople.
Peter Kaminsky is the author of "The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass," He has written about angling and the outdoors for nearly twenty years. His work has appeared in "Field & Stream"
up0and "Outdoor Life," and his "Outdoors" column appears regulary in the "New York Times," He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
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"When I have a fly rod in my hand and water all around me ... I enter a different reality, one in which I am fully alive, fully focused, where each second is a ripe fruit bursting with juice."
The fly fisherman is a unique breed of sportsman, one who prides himself on his keen appreciation of the power and poetry of nature-- the sparkle of sunlight dancing off riffles in a wild trout stream, the drama and mystery of life and death played out in the cool depths of tranquil pools, the surreal beauty of a spontaneous mayfly hatch, the heart-thumping eruption of an explosive surface strike. But beyond this almost spiritual connection to woods and water, the fly fisherman is also prone to deep understanding of man and his place in the world, probably due to his fondness for reflection.
In "The Fly Fisherman's Guide to the Meaning of Life," author Peter Kaminsky writes knowingly about the angler's passion of pursuit, as well as the equally important pursuit of passion. Kaminsky offers up his own hard-won lessons from the field, words of wisdom from some of the sport's master casters, and, hopefully, the inspiration to his readers to live life as the ultimate adventure each and every day.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars complete waste of money 14 Feb. 2011
By William F. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a fair portion of the fly-fishing books out there, and this is the worst one I've come across. It's so bad I occasionally pull it off the shelf and tell myself, "it couldn't have been that bad," but after a few pages I put it down again in disgust. I really should just burn it or toss it in the trash, so there's no danger anyone else will waste a portion of his life reading it.

I'm not even sure this guy is much of a fisher, but if you told me the author had googled all the platitudes, stereotypes, and cliches, dumped it into a "Chicken Soup for the Fly Fisher" format, and renamed with a faux-Zen title, I would have to agree...and respect you, for having had the temerity to finish the thing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He Said It - Not Me 22 April 2010
By Andrew Schonbek - Published on Amazon.com
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On page 100 of this precious little tome the author writes, "There are plenty of bloviating gasbags out there who look at fly fishing as a way to write overblown, over-serious, over precious stuff".

He said it - I didn't have to...

Why then as many as four stars?

Anything having to do with fly fishing, no matter how bad, is still good.

And any writer who manages to use the word "bloviating" deserves kudos, even if in doing so he's condemning himself.
4.0 out of 5 stars good read and not the same as all the reflective books out there 18 Feb. 2012
By Roger S. Stark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a good read because it was about fly fishing without all the same mystical self reflection that is polluting the other books of this kind. the stories are about things that are relateable and not at all one in a million type things. I could see these things happening to me and the fishing friends I talk with
3.0 out of 5 stars JUST ANOTHER BOOK 30 Mar. 2014
By bob hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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JUST ANOTHER BOOK
outstanding writer/cook, not a great title/approach . . . I read his "The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass" and it was excellent . . . this one falls short.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick entertaining read, but little more than that 16 Nov. 2010
By Dr. Redhawk - Published on Amazon.com
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This book promises a lot right to the reader, and right on the cover as well. However, this book does not offer little more than a compelling story about a few episodes in which the writer came to some new insight. These just happened to occur (or at least seemed that way) during fishing. So a random insight that occurs during a fishing trip is now rendered into something that was brought about by fishing. This is why the book over promises and under delivers. Still, it is entertaining. It just is not all you would expect from just reading the title. Consequently, you will be disappointed. Now you do not have to because you have read this. Anyway, get it at your own peril.
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