Illuminated by Water: Fly Fishing and the Allure of the Natural World


SKU: 9781639361656 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Product ID: 859094


In its blending of nature writing and memoir–also touching on the connection of time, beauty, and memory–Illuminated by Water is an elegiac tribute to fly fishing and the natural world.

Illuminated by Water is a book about the author’s own decades-long passion for ­fly fishing and how it has shaped the way he sees and thinks about the natural world. That passion is shared and made legible here, not just for other anglers, but for those who have never yet cast a line in the water. Why is it that catching ­fish–or even thinking about catching fish–can be so thrilling, so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in the memory? Why is it that what seems a simple act of casting a line and hoping can feel so rich in mystery?

Alternating between regional and thematic chapters, Tallack considers ‘wildness’, its pursuit, and its meanings; the compulsive appeal of tying flies; the ethics of catching and killing; the allure of big ­fish; and beauty–where it’s sought and where it’s found. He describes ­fly fishing trips to America, Canada, Shetland, and England. Throughout the book, certain themes recur–environmental harm and healing; the relationship between fishing and time; hope and its manifestations; and the ways in which angling can deepen engagement with the natural world.

ISBN: 9781639361656
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Pub Date: 08/2022
Format: Hardcover
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.91d

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Weight 0.00 lbs
Dimensions 9.00 × 6.00 × 0.91 in