Sunday, February 1, 2015

Book Review - My Life in Fishing by Stu Apte

So, I obviously haven't been fishing much since this blog has been a ghost town. Work has been busy and the kids are getting big fast, not to mention the awful cold weather. I'm actually heading out today for a few hours since I haven't caught a fish since November and I always find that Superbowl Sunday is the best day of the year to fish since no one is on the water.

I was approached by Stonefly Press to do a review of "My Life in Fishing" by Stu Apte a few months back, and I finally had time to read through it and I must say, what a great wintertime book! As usual, Stonefly delivers.

This is not a "go here, use this, and catch fish" book. It's not a book of whimsical fishing tales written by an old dude in Colorado. This is straight up fly fishing history. I've heard of Stu's name but never knew much about him and after reading this, I'm jealous.

He's targeted salmon in Europe, Bass in gater-infested Florida swamps, and everything saltwater related from Cobia to Permit to massive Poons.

He's fished with everyone from Lefty to Stormin' Norman and has had the distinct honor of standing on the deck of Hemingway's boat!

The photography is amazing and this book will definitely make you want to go fishing.

You can purchase it directly from Stonefly Press and I highly suggest it. Great addition to any fishing book library. Here's the official blurb below.

"In My Life in Fishing, as only the most accomplished captain and guide can, Stu Apte shares his tips and insights gleaned from his lifelong pursuit for any and every species. These are his favorite personal stories, about world records, and winds, and tides, and patterns, and flies, but also about the remarkable people who have fished their way through his life. There are stories and glimpses that you won’t find in other history books – an amusing episode with Harry and Bess Truman on board Stu’s skiff, an impromptu side-of-the-road meeting with baseball hall-of-famer Ted Williams that led to a forty-year friendship, and an afternoon of drinking Cuban mojitos aboard Pilar with Earnest Hemingway that includes Hemingway’s own mojito recipe. My Life in Fishing is more than a collection of engaging stories and fly fishing pointers; it is a glimpse of the development and evolution of the sport, and of saltwater fly fishing at its highest level, through the eyes and anecdotes of the only man who can tell the stories."

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some picky trout to chase.