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City fishing
Chiappone, Richard.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
188 pages ; 24 cm
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SH463 .C48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sometimes the wildest fishing happens right in your own town-or in the city you happen to be visiting Some of fly-fishing's most gifted writers proclaim the joys and rewards of fishing urban waters

Shelves of books have been written about the ultimate fly-fishing experience: the trip to remote, pristine waters where fish are plentiful and wild. But sometimes there's good fishing to be found right down the street, in the most unlikely of settings. These writers share stories about the fish they've found in the midst of Manhattan, London, Tokyo, and Paris. Fishing a manmade lake in the suburbs of Minnesota, a park pond in New Jersey, in suspect rivers within sight of factories in Buffalo and Oakland, they steal an hour or two and go off to fish where they can, when they can, because they can't not fish. This unorthodox collection reveals what true fishermen understand: good fishing is to be had anywhere you can find it.

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Booklist Review

The 17 stylish essays in this anthology bring wit and insight to bear on the intriguing paradox that fishing, despite bucolic associations, is a growing part of urban culture. Such well-known fishing writers as Jerry Dennis, Nick Lyons, and James Prosek, along with literary stars Ian Frazier and Pete Fromm and 12 others, muse on the experiences of angling in such citified climes as Paris, Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and New York. Other not exactly urban but certainly nontraditional fishing venues discussed here include Niagara Falls and the fountain at a Georgia junior college. The quarry ranges from trout, grayling, salmon, and stripers to carp, chubs, and panfish. Throughout, the essays engage the reader with both their original subject matter and the variety of entertaining and enlightening writing styles, from high comedy to poetic reflection. An outstanding fishing book. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

London's Thames River; a dump on the San Francisco Bay; Paris's Ile de la Cite; Manhattan's East River; and a minuscule pond in a Tokyo park near a "main defense establishment" are a few of the fishing sites featured in the anthology City Fishing. Most fishing guides (and people who fish) set their sights on the great outdoors Montana, Oregon, Maine anywhere but deep in the city. But these authors, including Ian Frazier, J.H. Hall, Dave Hughes and Charles Rangeley-Wilson, intrepid fishermen all, describe their urban fishing exploits with humor, graphic detail, social commentary and a peculiar sense of adventure. ( Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved