To you Steelhead Authors

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by DanielOcean, Sep 20, 2017.

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  1. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Active Member

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    Can any of you write a damn book without trying to be a fucking poet? If you guys could do that, that'd be great, thanks. I am going to go back to my office that is encased in the concrete grid of buildings that rest below pillow like clouds with lemon sun beams peaking through like fucking lightsabers.
     
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    bk paige Wishin I was on the Sauk

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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    If that's where you find your soul, you're bound to end up sounding at least a BIT poetic.
    Personally, I love it. If you want a cold feelingless how to, maybe a limnology and hydro dynamics textbook are more to your liking ;)
     
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    karnage Have you swung a fly today?-

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    why are you reading steelhead books? waste of time
     
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    If I wasn't interested in the mystique of a river's scenery, history, water course, seasons and biology, I might get a little bored standing in a cold river waving a stick.

    I read books at home to keep me inspired during the 99.7% of the time that I'm not catching a fish, not to reduce it to 99.5%.
     
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    If you don't care about the mystique of the sport or fish, you probably dont deserve to fish for them...or catch one...guess karma has been a bitch eh?
     
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    If I did not care about the mystique of the fish or the area that surrounds them, I would have quit a long ass time ago. It is just really evident that some of these steelhead writers are trying way too fucking hard. Hey steelhead writers, Norman Maclean called, he wants his writing style back!

    As readers we all can be very picky about our authors. This is just one of those cases. Well, and I also wanted to see how many feathers I could fluff. Bobber down!
     
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    Have you read my "How to fish good for steelhead?" It's not poetic, just all the basic stuff a guy needs to know to competently go forth and catch steelhead.
     
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    Who's that steelheading Shakespeare dude who guides Reiter? Ron Hung?
     
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    Swing one up and you'll probably be waxing poetic too.:D
     
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    There are those among us, I'm sure, who have a love of reading. I manage a book a week, usually; sometimes more depending on the book. I've read several "steelhead books" by various authors and have found some very good information. I have also read books referring to the sport about fishing certain areas, e.g. Upper Columbia Fly Fisher by Steven Bird. I met Steve this past summer and ordered up his book. Subsequently, I read it and it gave me a better understanding of the fishery that I have participated in twice in the last three years.

    I find some to be better written than others. I'm no critic but as a longtime educator now retired, there are parts that a beautifully written and while they maybe don't pump me up with everything I ever wanted to know, the read was well worth the time.

    Dec Hogan's book, A Passion for Steelhead is another good example. The first chapter was worth reading the entire book, IMHO. It's beautifully written. I read the entire book, cover to cover and while it didn't inspire me to to be a better steelhead fisherman, it was well worth the time.

    The key to being a good writer is to write. The more a person writes, the better they become. One can always put a book down if it's not interesting.
     
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    Charles Sullivan ignoring Rob Allen and Generic

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    I generally agree with you. I have read most of "the books". My complaint was that most are overly poetic. My other is that so many are focused on people. Steelhead fishing is not a social sport to me. For the most part, if I can talk to you while steelhead fishing we are way too close.
    Camping is social, if someone wanted to write a book on steelhead camp then the human aspect would make sense. Otherwise I could give a rip about reading about steelhead guides.
    DO is correct in that most steelhead books lack the basic factual how too aspect of the game. They are long on stories and people and short on how to. An actual how too book would be 2 or 3 pages long though so maybe that's why there is so little.

    Go sox,
    Cds
     
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    In all fairness Dec Hogans book is well written with just a little bit of poetry.
     
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    "No man steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man." Heraclitus
     
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