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The optimist : a case for the fly fishing life / David Coggins.

Coggins, David (author).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria 799 COG (Text) 37521531008201 AMPL Adult New Nonfiction Shelf Available -
Union Co PL - Liberty NF 799 Cog (Text) 34194001257170 NF Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982152505 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1982152508 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: viii, 240 pages : black & white illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2021]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
A modern tribute to an ageless pastime, and a practical guide to the art, philosophy, and rituals of fly fishing, by an expert, lifelong angler. In The Optimist, David Coggins makes a case for the skills and sensibility of an enduring sport and shares the secrets, frustrations, and triumphs of the great tradition of fly fishing, which has captivated anglers worldwide. Written in witty, keenly observed prose, each chapter focuses on a specific place, fish, and skill. Few individuals, for example, have the visual acuity required to catch the nearly invisible bonefish of the Bahamas flats. Or the patience to land the elusive Atlantic salmon, "the fish of a thousand casts," in eastern Canada. Pursuing these challenges, Coggins, "a confirmed obsessive," travels to one fishing paradise after another, including the great rivers of Patagonia, private chalk streams in England, remote ponds in Maine, and New York City's Jamaica Bay. In each setting, he chronicles his fortunes and misfortunes with honesty and humor while meditating on how fishing teaches focus, inner stillness, and a connection to the natural world. Perfect for the novice, the enthusiastic amateur, and the devoted angler alike, The Optimist offers a practical path toward enlightenment while providing a welcome escape into one of the world's ancient pastimes.
Target Audience Note:
General Adult. Baker & Taylor.
Subject: Fly fishing > Philosophy.
Fly fishing > Anecdotes.
Fly fishing
Travel writing.
SPORTS & RECREATION / Outdoor Skills.
NATURE / Essays.
Genre: Anecdotes.
Travel writing.
Informational works.

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