Water Marks - Jim McLennan
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Dimpled throughout this collection are the reasons why Jim McLennan became a prominent voice for a fly-angling generation: his deep understanding of key issues, unsurpassed knowledge of fishing techniques, humble realization of an angler's limitations, and the passion for his pastime. He takes interested fly fishermen along with him as he chases answers to fly-fishing questions. He doesn't always find what he's looking for, but he always finds something. In his approach to fly fishing, McLennan is scientific, yet he maintains the mystical and poetic nature that is so often associated with casting a fly to a rising trout.
His writing voice is fluid, transparent, confident, intelligent and humble. And to know him on the page is to experience a day with him on the water. Take the time to read through McLennan's best articles from the past thirty years and drift the Bow with him as he casts Blue-winged Olives and Pale Morning Duns to oversized rainbows. Walk the banks with him as he shares his surprising thoughts on catch-and-release and the importance of an angling off-season. And live a fly-fishing dream with him as he goes sight fishing for massive browns in New Zealand with a guide who has forsaken all to pursue a less complicated life.
After reading through the book you will become a more knowledgeable fly angler, and you will undoubtedly need to create a little extra space on your bookshelf amongst the fly-angling classics. Water Marks is fly-fishing literature at its best.
About the Author: A long-time fly fisher and outdoor writer, Jim McLennan is a past recipient of the Andy Russell Nature Writing Award, Trout Unlimited Canada's Bob Paget Memorial Conservation Award, and the Outdoor Writers of Canada's Book of the Year Award. His writing and photography appear regularly in major outdoor magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Fly Fusion, The Canadian Fly Fisher, and Outdoor Canada, and he is a frequent speaker at events sponsored by fly-fishing clubs and conservation organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Lynda McLennan has fly fished in her home province of Alberta since 1976 and has taught fly fishing since 1985. She is a skilled photographer whose work appears in Jim McLennan's books and presentations, and in sporting magazines including Fly Fisherman, Gray's Sporting Journal, The Canadian Fly Fisher, and Fly Fusion. Outside of the fly-fishing world she has a passion for photographing dance, and has worked with Corps Bara Dance Theatre, The University of Calgary's Urban Dance Project and The Alberta Dance Academy.