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
The Lyons Press
Reviewed by James Castwell
"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.
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
Published by The Lyons Press.
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