Wednesday, October 26, 2011


"Allagash" by Gil Gilpatrick is my next entry. 

This is a wonderful portrayal of the lives of the early Wabnaki Indians who depended on the wilderness for their survival. He then goes into the start of Maine's lumbering industry during the 1800's and lastly an account of  a 1980's canoe excursion down the legendary wilderness waterway.
My great uncle, Sam Jalbert, had a sporting camp in the Allagash, near the northwestern Maine border that my parents and I went to back in the late 50's. We did a lot of fishing, exploring and observing moose and it was one of those truly memorable childhood experiences that stays with a person for a lifetime.
Hopefully I will get back to the Allagash once more...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Carrie Stevens Goddess Of The Streamer Fly

My second posting of books that , to me, should have a special place on the book shelf of any serious fly tyer, brook trout or salmon fishermen would be;
"Carrie Stevens"
Maker of
Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies

I was very fortunate to find a reasonably priced volume of this spectacular book and have nothing but praise to sing. Well researched and loaded with many photographs and recipes of Carrie's legendary creations including of course her masterpiece the Gray Ghost. And not only does it recount Steven's life but also the history and significance of the Rangeley Lakes salmon and trout fisheries.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Delorme's Maine Atlas and Gazetteer

Where to start? Well actually I blogged an intro earlier today which you will find below this entry. So scroll on down and then up again....

For pure utility and resource value I'll begin with Delorme's Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. It just can not be beat for all the information it contains and the hours of magnified viewing pleasure that I get combing over page after page. In fact I like it so much that I have 3..the oldest is my beater atlas that I keep at all times in my Jeep..the older is my notated, highlighted and coffee stained working atlas..the newest and "improved" atlas was recently bought at the Delorme home planet store in Freeport. Too bad Cabela's is so far down the road .Freeport could have ran a perfect trifecta...
So there it is, my first choice. It's out there now..

Fly Fishing Postpartum - Or Nearly

Today I start my latest endeavor in blogdom.

As my fly fishing season is coming to a close because of the combination that most brooks and streams are now being reserved for the mating rituals of the salmonids that are the object of my obsession, colder weather setting in , shorter days and the start of a new school year (there goes that work thing getting in the way of things once again) ; I must now find a new fly fishing outlet in order to make it thru the upcoming winter.
Chances are I won't be posting much to my other blog: 
in the next six months until open water season begins anew in April.

So..I will be posting weekly to this blog which will be devoted to books and a few magazines about fly fishing, fly tying and the Maine sporting traditions related to those activities and which will serve as my catharsis during the off season. Some of the books that I post about, I own.  Most I do not but would like to. 

All I can say to begin with is this: 

I really like books and particularly books about fly fishing and the Maine woods. 
No e-reader for me thank you!

Where do I begin? Most utilitarian, most referred to, newest, simply helpful, ones that I would like to own? I don't know. Guess I'll have to start gathering up the ones I do own and start from there.

And most importantly:

Book suggestions, input on books that you own, critiques and comments from you dear reader are very highly encouraged.