The 10,000 Islands are fantastical without the help of literary flourish but their significance, for me, has been amplified tenfold by the words of Peter Matthiessen in Shadow Country, his great work that combined the trilogy of Killing Mr. Watson, Bone By Bone and Lost Man’s River.
Matthiessen would be a giant based on the Watson trilogy alone, but add in his collected works and life story, and you get something seriously heavy.
So I was thrilled that Chris E. passed along this profile from the New York Times:
Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing
This is a post about the Kickstarter Campaign of my friends Richard and Heather Steinberger. Heather’s a talented writer and Richard is a talented photographer and they happen to be married; they take their daughter in tow and cut wide swaths around the globe chasing their interests. And they always seem to come back with compelling words and pictures.
For the past eight years they have been heavily involved in the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, particularly the Cheyenne River Youth Project. They both became closely attached to many people in the Lakota Nation and inspired by the jaw-dropping beauty of the land.
Two years ago they decided to collaborate on a photo-essay book project that will celebrate Cheyenne River. They are looking to publish it themselves, raising the money to print and distribute it via Kickstarter.
I’m posting about it because I have no doubt it will be a work of art and a worthy book and therefore worth the investment.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THEIR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
Esquire calls it one of the seven best articles it has ever published, and with the recent passing of the journalist Richard Ben Cramer it’s been recirculating around.
If you get the chance, check out “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?”
It’s pretty awesome.
It’s not too late to get a copy of The Blitz: Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration for the discerning coastal fly angler.
I’ll send a signed copy but you can pick it up at the following local fly shops:
Capefish Clothing Company
Bear’s Den Fly Fishing
Fishing the Cape
Orvis New York (Tell Rob I sent you.)
Stone River Outfitters
There are many others not listed that sell it too. This video kind of shows what it’s about. Merry Christmas.
There’s many a fine turn of phrase in this electronic document, towards which I cannot hide my bias since I am lucky enough to be included. It can be purchased, along with volumes One and Two, via the publisher’s landing page: pulpfly.com
I am anticipating it will be well received.
Some of the places I’ve been fishing vicariously, like the White River via Steve Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher Journal. Others, like Henry’s Fork and the Deschutes and the Fryingpan, have been rolling around in my head since my fly-fishing infancy. Still others, like the Farmington and the Neversink, are almost in my backyard. And then there are the few, like the Bow River and Lake Taneycomo, where I’ve actually fished.
So after going through all 50 carefully selected and thoroughly vetted destinations compiled by Terry and Wendy Gunn, I don’t think of 50 Best Tailwaters to Flyfish so much as a book as it is a call to action. What have I been waiting for and, now that I’ve been thumped in the chest by this book, how can I apply what’s been given? Because the collaborators in this book, like the aforementioned Dally or the legendary Joe Demalderis of the Delaware, have given us a lot.
Overall, 50 Best Tailwaters to Flyfish is an incredible reference for fly anglers, and also a reminder that fly fishing can take you just about anywhere you want to go, if you let it.