Trusting water

Russell Chatham wrote, “Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?” Some would argue that a river…

Quotable – Russell Chatham

“Fishing at its most rudimentary level is essentially solitary. Not only that, but its components, outside the particular baggage one brings to it, are entirely trustworthy. I mean, what creek ever teased you about your pimples; what breeze ever ridiculed you in front of your friends?” – Russell Chatham Silent Seasons 

Silent Seasons

SIlent Seasons Edited by Russell Chatham Stories by: Thomas McGuane William Hjortsberg Jack Curtis Harmon Henkin Charles Waterman Jim Harrison Russell Chatham I hesitate to call any of these posts, “book reviews” because I’ve been moving my simple head left to right over some of the finest prose ever written about fishing, and who am…

Angling resolutions for 2012

After a half hour of unconsciousness induced by Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, cole slaw, bread and lingonberry jam, I awoke to the prospect of being just days away from the opening of the Stanislaus River just 45 minutes from my house. The Stanislaus River has always been just under an hour from my living…

The Angler’s Coast

The Angler’s Coast By  Russell Chatham I read this book in a week, and might re-read it again before the new year. Chatham chronicles trips to water in California’s Central Valley and coastal rivers – some of which I have fished, some I long to fish after reading. However the book was published in 1976…