I love reading about the history of our sport, fly fishing that is. This one fills in some blanks.
Side Casts by Hoagy Carmichael is a recent addition to that body of work, the collective history of fishing with the fly. It is a personal book with relationship stories which were formed around rod making and reels. It also sheds some light on almost forgotten rod makers from the Keystone state and on some women who hold amazing records for large Atlantic salmon from the other side of the pond. The rivers of Scotland, the Alta in Norway and North America’s own Grand Cascapedia are remembered as well. It wraps up with a chapter on a west coast treasure now gone – Kerr’s Sporting Goods in Beverly Hills.
I enjoyed it all but especially the chapter on Ed Fody, a rod maker from Long Island who benefited from the book – A Master’s Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod – which details Everett Garrison’s rod making. Ed mirrored and then innovated from that book and was generous enough to donate some of his coveted rods to our TU chapter, back in the day.
A good read and nice addition to the history section of your library.
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