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.

October 29th, 2001

Best of Ed Zern

By Ed Zern
Published by The Lyons Press

Reviewed by James Castwell

The Best Of Ed Zern
"Like a trip into the past," I said. And that is just how it felt as I thumbed through the hard copy book, The Best of Ed Zern. Some of you may be old enough to remember who him. Those of you who are not have a great time in store. Back in 1945 Zern started getting the attention of every red-blooded hunter, fisher and just all around outdoor type.

His humor is brilliant, pointed and now in this collection, nostalgic as well. I own two of his books, first editions which I would rather not set a price on, for any reason. This fills in, for me, the gaps. It contains three-hundred and twenty precious pages, pages which bring back memories, which renew old ideas and which are just plain good.

Author Ed Zern It is not all about fly-fishing, but is about all of the stuff that is important to a guy who fly fishes. Out-doorsey stuff. Funny stuff like: "How to Rent an Atlantic Salmon," "Public Speaking," a review of Lady Chatterley's Lover and other silly things. Who among us cannot resist another look at his "Exit Laughing" pages from Field & Stream. This is your chance to see again those wacky ads he did for Nash, (yes, there was a car with that name and he did some ads for them) They are in this classic compilation. Don't miss this one. At just $24.95 (hard cover) it is a true bargain.

Looking for a stress managing tool when you can't get on the stream? Let Zern put a smile on your face and a laugh in your heart. He did for me: again. Check out this cartoon from the book too. ~ JC

The Best of Ed Zern
320 pages, black and white photographs and cartoons
7" x 9 1/4"
Hardcover, $24.95 U.S
ISBN 1-58574-342-9
Published by The Lyons Press.

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