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Fly-fishing the 41st : around the world on the 41st parallel
Prosek, James
Adult Nonfiction SH456 .P765 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Prosek (Trout: An Illustrated History) takes his passion for trout across the world in a travel narrative that is like a river, sometimes meandering and often refreshing. Realizing that he has happily fished his entire life around his home of Easton, Conn., Prosek decides to fish that parallel because that's where trout thrive. He first travels to Spain where he fishes the freshwater streams within the Moorish Alhambra, then goes on to Paris. There, he meets an eccentric group of artists and fishermen whose ringleader is a man named Pierre, and together they fish the Seine for a catfishlike monster, the silure. Prosek vibrantly contrasts the grandness of Paris with the remote calm of the early morning Seine. He next meets a fanatic (sometimes annoyingly so) Austrian baker, and fisherman, named Johannes, who takes Prosek to such far-flung regions as Corsica, Turkey, Armenia and Mongolia. It is during Prosek's travels with Johannes (who snorkels rather than casts for fish) that the reader realizes that the fishing is secondary to the adventure. Some of Prosek's best moments happen on a solo journey to Japan. There, he describes the food and countryside-on crisp autumn walks to streams-as evocatively as he describes the varied colors of the fish. Prosek's passion and earnest investigation more than make up for any absence of tall fish tales. 18 color plates by Prosek not seen by PW. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Following the approximate route of the fabled Silk Road with his fly rod, Prosek, the author and illustrator of a successful book of watercolors (Trout: An Illustrated History) and other fishing titles, presents this cultural and fishing travelog. He ventures from his Connecticut home to the Balkan minefields, passing along the Gobi Desert and through the Shiritoko Peninsula of Hokkaido, Japan. The author's journey takes him to some of the great cities of the world, including New York, Lisbon, Madrid, Naples, Istanbul, and Beijing. Prosek clearly articulates his passion for the sport, basing the easily read text on a scrapbook of photos, writings, and drawings he made along the way. Fly-fishing enthusiasts will enjoy this publication, which also features numerous watercolors by the author. For sports and travel collections where demand warrants.-Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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