That's a cool keepsake. I had the good fortune to meet Haig-Brown once, and got an autograph for a book. I believe he died in October 1975. Close to November, the month he wrote of as best suited for dying - the end of the fishing season.
If anyone posting this thread has not read Roderick Haig-Brown's work, I urge you to do so. The thrust and clarity of this letter will be evident in the turn of every page of one of his books.
I suggest starting with The Western Angler, then move on to A River Never Sleeps, Fisherman's Fall and the rest.
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, 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.
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.