Tag: books

Welcome To My New Addiction

| December 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

iPad for fly fishing reading - dump your paper books and magazines
Being a photographer by profession, necessarily makes me a gadget freak. There’s just no escaping it, and it’s often a bleeding edge on which I tread. And I have been on the Apple bandwagon since about 1995, when I had to go across the Square (I had a studio/living space on the Square in Downtown Denton, Texas) to borrow my friend Karl Schindler’s computer and printer to do something – on an almost nightly basis. Karl was in the music program at UNT and working on creating his compositions and printing the sheets for them. This was only two years after I created my first website, but way before the full blown revolution we photographers find ourselves in today.

After working for my wife’s business www.cimarrona.com at a recent hugely successful show in Deep Ellum, I was paid handsomely and it took a matter of hours until that money burned a ghastly hole in my pocket and fell right through into a cash register, “One iPad, 32-gig in white please.” Why white you would ask? To reflect the Texas heat wherever it goes this coming year – of course.

Now, just like all these pad things coming out, the iPad is merely the syringe that delivers the drug, and I am hooked. Within a couple of hours I had John Gierach’s latest book “No Shortage of Good Days,” and rolled the dice on Henry Winkler’s new tome “I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River” as well. The Fonz’s book was priced at a low risk price (7.96 at Amazon), so why not? Was that the end of it? Heck no. To the magazine rack I go.

If you have been to my place, you know I occupy the back porch with two, and sometimes three dogs. That’s where the fly tying, cycling, fly rod storing man cave-ish existence is for me. It’s a good life, but a cluttered one, with magazines – lots and lots of magazines, filtering dog hair out of the air and in between slick pages. So as sentimental as I am about paper (photographic prints, books and magazines), I cut the cord to paper magazines by purchasing a new subscription to “Saltwater Fishing Magazine,” and am just waiting for others to expire.

There is this huge upside that is the crux of this observation – these darn books and magazines are many times easier to read. They also go with you wherever you go without taking up any space. Both of these plus column factory were unexpected, but now I am a complete addict. The books, like Gierach’s, are so much easier to read that I find myself blazing through them at many times the normal reading speed. The magazine contents include extremely sharp text and photographs that are stunningly reproduced. It’s a whole new world.

The next phase is to start lobbying the publications we like most, “Southwest Fly Fishing,” “Drake Magazine,” “Fly Rod and Reel,” “Texas Saltwater Fishing” and ________ (you fill in the blank) for their publications to go digital as well. Saltwater Fly Fishing is already digital, and you can bet once my subscription to that expires, I’ll never buy another paper copy – period, paragraph.

I am definitely not saying the iPad is the only reader out there, and the new Amazon “Fire” looks good up close as well, but the navigation is intuitive just like all Apple products (some would call it “elementary” or “childish”), and that’s how I have always liked my hardware – hit the button and go. There’s enough complications in the world that if I can simplify something like reading, I am on board for that. How about you?

NOTE – I’ll be removing ads for paper books at Amazon from the site. I will also let you know when any of the unique books in my store are converted to digital offerings. Expect a few book reviews sooner rather than later!

John Gierach – No Shortage of Good Days

| May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

John Gierach must know something we don’t.

If he has no shortage of good days, then he stands out among the majority of Americans today. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say in his continuing monologue of observations about fly fishing. Gierach simply isn’t for everybody, and I have found him a bit difficult at times, but all-in-all he’s a fly fishing writer who shouldn’t be passed up, especially in the desert that is new literature on fly fishing.

I can’t wait to find out what days he’s talking about, but if I took every day of fly fishing in a typical year, say 150, I would have to agree that in those 150 days, there was “No Shortage of Good Days.”

Feel free to order your copy of his new book here –

If you happen to be in the area of Rocky Mountain Anglers, the “nice fly shop” in Boulder Colorado, be sure to attend his book signing this Saturday, May 28th.

John Gierach Book Signing at Rocky Mountain Anglers Boulder Colorado

Healing the Fisher King – A Flyfisher’s Grail Quest by G. Scott Sparrow

| June 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

I may have mentioned I am reading Scott Sparrow’s book “Healing the Fisher King – A Flyfisher’s Grail Quest, and I may not have mentioned it. I may have just dreamed I mentioned it, if you know what I mean.

Regardless, unless you are living under a glob of crude, you realize that the Texas Gulf Coast is the last remaining pristine state coastline of all states surrounding the BP oil spill. That means one thing is coming our way – pressure. Anyone with the cash flow and impetus to fish the Gulf of Mexico will be looking long and hard at Texas – all of Texas, and all types of fishing. So, while I am gearing up for Colorado next month, what I should be doing is going coastal – The Arroyo Colorado, and maybe a private session or two with Captain Sparrow (not Jack).

I wonder if he mixes the two? That question came roaring to the forefront after I did a simple search on Scott Sparrow, and found him there – right there in the Valley, working as a dream guide, and fly fishing guide on the Arroyo Colorado. If you need my references to the Arroyo, look no further than the masthead images of my youth on the Arroyo Colorado. I am not so sure I am all about this “dream analysis”, but I can’t deny the benefits of meditation and an active dream life. If you throw in the fact his wife is a university writing instructor – heck, I am looking at a complete overhaul.

I have yet to finish the book, but if you are looking for … something … and aren’t afraid to dig into your dreams, or as in my case a lack thereof, see if you can find a copy of this book and put it by your pillow. WARNING – Can Cause Insomnia!

This and That

| May 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

Memorial Day Weekend
Relax. Don’t Do it. You know better than to go to the lakes here in North Texas this weekend right? Well, just say no. These are the weekends nightmares are made from. Forget even fishing the coves or flats because boat traffic will generate enough froth to make that useless.

New Posting in Real Time (Almost)
I am currently looking for a way to post directly from the phone to this site using whatever software / plugins / apps. are available. Once I get that working, then I can send raw footage straight from the water to the site, and you can see what’s going on with the only delay being the time it takes to get here. I am all ears if someone has this solution. There’s nothing like the bleeding edge!

Continuing Fish Art
There is a creative smell in the air, and mostly it’s because of all the varieties of fish that are currently being caught. I dragged my camera and background out the other day, and came up with a decent image of this bluegill. I just have to keep reminding myself to bring the background out when I get home, unfold it and let it dry out. Otherwise, super fish funk.

Read A Book
If you are staying off the water this weekend, think about trying to find “Healing The Fisher King – A Fly Fisher’s Quest”, by Scott Sparrow. He keeps the undercurrent of fly fishing as the running theme, while exploring so many other things of psychological interest, and since it’s based on my home waters it takes on even more meaning. The age difference between he and his fly fishing mentors is probably just about the difference between his age and mine. I wonder what would have happened if we crossed paths at the Arroyo bait stand? If I had seen a fly line in action, in the early ’70’s down there … over and done. I am still reading this one, but it had me from the beginning.

Fish a Pond
Guaranteed there are no boats on your local city ponds, so get out there and give it a whirl. There has been some concentrated stocking on the south pond at Southlakes Park in Denton, Texas. It is a program to get people out fishing, and the State of Texas (TPWD) has been stocking it with catfish and will continue to do so until the end of the year. They even have a homey looking billboard on I-35E in Denton that announces it to the world. That pond is handicap accessible, and a great place for kids to learn. Give it a cast. I am going there to dredge with a sinking line and Clousers the next couple of evenings. If you are a charter member, be sure and check the “Hot Spotting” thread for what is going on – yes, it’s hot. If you aren’t in the charter membership, you can join – fill out the contact form and I will give you all the details.

Whatever you do, stay safe and check back here because you never know what kind of trouble we can get into this fine weekend.

Fly-Fishing the Texas Hill Country – The Guide Is Out and It’s REAL!

| March 25, 2009

For those of you breathlessly awaiting [ppw id=”133616679″ description=”Fly Fishing Books” price=”.10″]

the new edition of the legendary guide to fishing the Texas Hill Country, your wait is over!

I was surprised, pleasantly, to get my hands on the last copy at Tailwaters last weekend, and have been so busy working on the Rockport story that the new book had slipped my mind.

The update is a beautiful edition by Kevin Hutchison, and is published by Fishhead Press at 331 La Reata Trail, Smithville, TX 78957. The phone number there is 512-589-3474. The cover illustration is by Anne Couteau, and the book also contains photography by Kevin Hutchison.

It’s a pretty well known fact that after the floods of 2007, the previous edition (which was being updated at the time) was rendered pretty much useless. Those little details the previous edition was so famous for, were washed away, and as time stretched on, fishers were openly wondering if the book would ever see the light of day. Not only does this one see the light of day, it is a piece of work – a beautiful book that maintains the functionality of its predecessors. I haven’t had time to read it in detail, and I can only hope to someday put it to good use, but for now I’ll look at the pictures.