Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by dryflylarry, Mar 17, 2008.
Thanks for sharing this, really cool letter.
I'm glad I got your blood flowing for this New Year of fly fishing! For those of you that haven't read Haig-Brown, take Les's advice! I too have picked up my old copy of a River Never Sleeps to re-read and plan on re-reading his others as Les does. Roderick Haig-Brown changed my life. Silly I guess, but I was so inspired at about age 10, I started teaching myself to cast in the backyard. By age 13 I was of course still a rookie, but after reading Haig-Brown chasing steelhead, I finally cast a serious fly for steelhead on the Duckabush River one summer day and rose my first steelhead to my amazment. No hookup however! Needless to say, it was a rush. This was after reading Fisherman's Summer, Fisherman's Fall, etc.
This letter is a treasure that deserves to go on my wall (shame on me). It has been hidden for too many years but not forgotten. I thought it might be nice to inspire you guys a bit. The man is a legend. The next time you cast a dry fly for the elusive steelhead, think of Roderick Haig-Brown... Thanks for the nice comments.
Very nice, thank you for sharing, started reading his works in the early 80s and never tire of rereading them.
Thank you!!! My most treasured item in my book collection is a leatherbound, numbered "Come Wade the River" signed by Haig-Brown and Ralph Wahl. Tight lines Coach.:beer2::beer2:
Very, very cool and a treasure, to be sure. I think it shows the humanity in Haig-Brown that he took time to respond to a letter from someone he didn't know at a time in his life where he was well-regarded and, no doubt, had lots of competing pressures for his time. He even took time to reread his letter and add a hand-written elaboration on one point. Thanks for sharing.
Nice one Coach! I've got the book, but not leatherbound. In fact, this letter has been between those pages all these years in safe keeping.
Wow, nice letter. For those of you who have not read Haig-Brown's books I recommend picking up a copy. You will be in for a real treat.
That is one in a million. Thanks for sharing.
Anyone have any RHB books they'd like to share. I guess I could look in the library here in town, but I am not sure the books would be down here in Klamath Falls. Anyways, if any one is interested in letting me borrow one, please p.m. me. Thanks
What a treasure Dry Fly.
Haig Brown was an icon in the literary world of fly fishing and will remain so forever, I have just about every thing he has written including “Come Wade the River”(my favorite) also signed by Haig and Ralph. As Les and others have indicated they can be read over and over and still find his writings extremely enjoyable. I used to have a photo of Haig in his back yard overlooking the Thompson but over the years of several moves it has come up missing, I treasured it.
Ha. Ha. Double-D. We all knew you meant the "Campbell River"..
Wow. Thanks for sharing the letter.
Oops, your right Dry Fly it was the Campbell.
One of Haig-Brown's books that few anglers seem to have read is Measure of the Year. Not entirely a fishing book, it's a chronicle of life in a country setting that must have been far different than the Campbell River community of today. Of course, since angling was such an integral part of his life, there have to be some fishing sketches. I've always found it to be an immensely satisfying book and a nostalgic look back at a time when the pace of life was just a bit slower and less complicated.
Amen to that, Preston