Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die by Chris Santella

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Amateur or expert, every angler dreams of landing the big one, but that's only part of the appeal of fly fishing. Because even when hours pass without a bite, nothing beats the rugged beauty of the surroundings. For both armchair travelers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die maps out the meccas of the fly-fishing world. Through in-depth interviews with the sport's acknowledged gurus, author Chris Santella goes beyond standard guides to convey the very essence of the recommended locations. Readers can vicariously cast mouse pattners to fifty-pound taimen in the wilds of Mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, and match the hatch on Montana's Armstrong's Spring Creek. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba (tarpon), the Zhupanova River, Kamchatka (rainbow trout), and the Rio Negro, Brazil (peacock bass) are also included. The essays include a cultural and natural history of each site, along with colorful anecdotes based on the author's and authorities' experiences. With breath-takingly-beautiful photos of the spots, many by celebrated fly-fishing photographer R. Valentine Atkinson, the book also provides adventurous anglers with enough travel-and-tackle information so that they, too, can start planning excursions to go fish around the globe.

About Chris Santella

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Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. A regular contributor to the New York Times and, he has also contributed to the New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, Golf, and Delta Sky. Santella is the author of five other titles in the "Fifty Places" series, as well as Fifty Favorite Fly-Fishing Tales .
Published June 1, 2004 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. 235 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Santella, a freelance writer for the New York Times, the New Yorker and Fly Rod & Reel magazine, offers 50 short takes on the ultimate fly-fishing destinations in this beautifully photographed and nic

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