The history of saltwater fly-fishing is both fascinating and exciting. Those who paved the way were true adventurers taking the seemingly genteel pastime of quiet chalk streams to our global final frontier – the ocean. Joe Brooks on Fishing is a primer of the writings of this legendary fly-fisherman and adventure angler.
Joe Brooks began his professional fly-fishing and outdoor writing career in the 1940s, pursuing the sport with zeal until his death in the early 1970s. Through his writing and his television appearances, Brooks probably did more to introduce the sport to the masses than just about anyone in the business. Joe Brooks on Fishing is a compilation of writings excerpted from his many books, ranging from nymphing for trout and fly-rodding for bass to his offshore and international saltwater fly-fishing travels. Part instructional guide and part fishing journal, this book gives the reader a taste of the early days of the sport. One quote in particular seems to encompass the legacy left by Joe Brooks. “Through my memories,” he writes in the preface, “may you fulfill your dreams.”
Joe Brooks on Fishing
By Joe Brooks
(Lyons Press, 2004)
376 pp.; hardcover;