A Fly-Fishing Life

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Lyons Press, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 271 pages
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"I love to fish. When I cannot fish, I think about fishing. I tie flies and read books about fishing. I correspond with fishermen all over the country. Most of my close friends are fishing partners. I cannot imagine not fishing. I would not be me if I did not fish". So writes William Tapply in the Introduction to this fascinating book.

Tapply learned to love fishing on the muddy banks of nearby ponds and creeks, where bluegills and horned pout ate the worms that he dangled beneath a bobber, and later he became, inevitably, addicted to fly fishing. In the half century of his fly-fishing life, he has traveled to storied waters and fished passionately for large and exotic species -- though he has never lost his love for the simplicity of just fishin' his home waters.

"A Fly-Fishing Life" is mostly autobiographical and anecdotal; it's about people and places, fish and insects, success and failure, growing up and growing old.

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About the author (1997)

Author William G. Tapply was born in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1940. He has written numerous books about fly fishing and the outdoors as well as the Brady Coyne mystery novels. He was also a contributing editor for Field & Stream, a columnist for American Angler, and part of The Writer magazine editorial board. He was an English professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and ran The Writers Studio at Chickadee Farm with his wife Vicki Stiefel. He has authored over 40 books. He died at his home in Hancock New Hampshire on July 28, 2009 after a battle with leukemia.

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