Individual taste in books varies as much as the favorite rod or fly.  With that in mind, we hope to review books and videos from the ever-growing fly fishing world, and share them with you.  Books will be the best of all worlds, new and old.  Many of the old books are now available in reprint, and the wisdom contained is timely today.  Others can be found in second-hand book stores, or by mail order dealers. As we find videos we feel are outstanding they will be included. Be assured, reviews are based on what we have actually read, and due to that fact, may not appear weekly.

November 22nd, 1999

Crosscurrents
By James R. Babb
Published by The Lyons Press
124 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-620-9580



Put this one on your winter reading list! It's a keeper. Crosscurrents is a super series of essays on a wide variety of fly fishing subjects. You can read part of a chapter, (which Lyons Press has graciously allowed us to reprint in installments) beginning this week in With Bamboo entitled Blue Collar Cane.

The author, James R. Babb (who really is one of the good-old-boys) is known to friends as Jim. He is a particularly neat guy, with more than a "writer who fishes" knowledge about fly fishing. He is a fly fisherman. You can read a chapter, close you eyes and be there. Feel the water, smell the smells, and smile. He writes all with an inate humor and grace.

Jim's background is substantial - but it's his writing which is impressive. Perhaps the neatest thing about Crosscurrents is he tells the truth. About the art of fly fishing, about what has happened to it, and how it effects us all. He doesn't mention 'us' of course, it's just in there. The guy really can write.

It really is terrific. If you can read, get it. ~ DLB


Crosscurrents
210 pages.
Hard Bound: $24.95 US (ISBN: 1-55821-946-3)
Published by The Lyons Press
124 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-620-9580

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