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.

July 22th, 2001

The Complete Sportsman's Encyclopedia

By Francis H. Buzzacott
Published by The Lyons Press

Reviewed by J. Castwell

Ok, ok, this is supposed to be a fly fishing web-site. I will not let that stop me from bringing you a review on a knocked-out, way-out, and all too often left-out book that you will find interesting, intriguing, irresistible, indispensable and fun. I have met a lot of people in my lifetime. Two which I did not (it is now too late, they are gone) were George Leonard Herter and this guy. This guy (Francis H. Buzzacott) wrote prolifically and his name became a 'household' word in 'Outdoor Recreation.' He was a world traveler and a full member of most any outdoor organization in existence at the time. Included in his vast wealth of knowledge was of course, information on fly fishing. You can read an excerpt from the Fly Fishing section in our Lighterside section. It's titled, "Buzzacott on Fly Fishing." You will be surprised.

THE Encyclopedia!

Can you envision a book (small enough to be carried in a pocket) with the auspicious title of, "The Complete Sportsman's Encyclopedia?" Think he could do it? Only one way to find out, spend the $16.95 and find out for yourself. (I do recommend you do so) 517 pages of the most important and almost absolutely necessary information on outdoorsy stuff a guy can imagine, and even some you can't. In short, the thing is a 'hoot'! Oh, by the way, the contents are only a bit out of date, it was written in 1913, and this is a re-print, but, what the heck, some things never really change, right?

Call it what you might like, history, 'outdoor-lore,' 'balder-dash,'or whatever, you really will find hours of fascinating reading. Each page stands on its own, covering every outdoor subject in vogue in those days. His writing style is a bit 'in-yer-face,' he is unsure of absolutely nothing! You will begin to understand that in short order. Enough said, go to the sponsor page, click on Lyons Press, and take it from there. At that price, you could even use it to start a campfire, one page at a time. (But I bet you won't.) Let's see, 517 fires . . . yup, still a bargain.~ JC

The Complete Sportsman's Encyclopedia
517 pages, Black and white photographs and drawings
7 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Softcover, $16.95 U.S
ISBN 1-58574-127-2
Published by The Lyons Press.

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