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As a professional writer I read a lot and am more often than not let down. I just got my hands on As long as its fun by Herb McCormick and have to say it just may be the best written book of the decade. Its a biography on the extraordinary life of Lin and Larry Pardey. If you are planning a cruise or just dreaming about it you owe it to yourself to read this book. :)
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Speaking of writing.. have you ever read John Gierach? he writes about fly fishing.

I think he writes the most interesting essays... and I wonder why no one else writes like that about... say Mountain Biking or Sailing --- two topics I read lot.

His style is so warm and smooth and just flows like the rivers he drops flies into....

I am at a loss that writers can take their favorite topic and not make it so wonderful that even people who don't do the topic love it.....

Does this make sense to you?
 

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I buy most of my books through Half.com when they are 75¢ well the books that interest me personally.

I buy new books for the library I work in, not much interest in sailing there.

I just read a YA book: "Wonder," by R. J. Palacio. It is such a wonderful book... the kind that makes you wonder why all books aren't like it.... Or why there isn't good books like that in other areas--- like memoir/travel essays.

It's the great books that has me reading so many okay books.....
 

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John Gierach has been around fly fishing longer than many folks on this forum have been alive. I met him many years ago at one of the nation's largest fishing shows, super nice guy, and great fly tier and caster. One of his best friends, Lefty Kreh, also one of the dean's of fly fishing, is a good friend of mine and we have fished together for more than 40 years. Lefty has authored more than 50 books on fly fishing and outdoor photography.

I was an outdoor writer for more than 35 years, but as the print media began to dry up, I went back to playing music, which is the best job I ever had. When I was a writer, I wrote primarily about fishing, boating, hunting and conservation for more than two dozen publications. Sadly, most of those publications no longer exist. Even the largest of them all, The Washington Post, no longer has an outdoor column in the Weekend Section, which is where my column was published for 16 years.

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Gary,

I wonder about that --- print media drying up --- for guys like John Gierach.. I guess you could call him a Writer's Writer.

And for you as well. A lot of essays become part of collections... or are collected into books, but if there is no newspaper/magazines to print them first.... where does joke find a place to find home?
 

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I know a few writers that made compilations of their short magazine and newspaper columns into books, then self published them. Most didn't break even on the venture, but they have a lot of momentos.

In my case, when I exited the field of outdoor writing a few years ago, I had already transitioned into another fulltime career of musician/singer/entertainer performing mainly at senior events. Initially, I was hoping to do just a couple performances a week, but the entertainment business exploded and I perform 5 to 7 days a week, sometimes twice a day. Unfortunately, that left far less time for sailing. So, like many of the older writers, I'm still working, and in my case, a heavier schedule than most - we're just not writing. Lefty Kreh, who is now 87 years old, still lives out of a suitcase, flying all over the world providing fly casting demonstrations and teaching people how to fly fish. A few weeks ago he told me he has to slow down, might only work 3 to 4 days a week.

I hope to make a repeat trip down the ICW in 2015, and like the last time, I'll be hauling my music gear with me and playing the tiki bars and marinas. My wife says I can retire, but in order to do so she said I have to be dead at least three days first.

Cheers,

Gary :cool:
 

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Travel- I'm a die hard salt and fresh water fly fisherman. Went out last week. Local kettle pond is still active. The waders kept us warm but with it so cold here could only tolerate a few hours before our hands stopped working . hate winter. With my home port in r.i. Lefty is a hero. My favorite rod is a Spey which is a ***** to keep on a sailboat but a joy to use off the sugar scoop. ? How did you meet Lefty? Do you think a general fishing thread would have legs?
 

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I hope to make a repeat trip down the ICW in 2015, and like the last time, I'll be hauling my music gear with me and playing the tiki bars and marinas. My wife says I can retire, but in order to do so she said I have to be dead at least three days first.

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Gary :cool:
Does your wife have a sister (with the same sense of humor) :laugher ?
 

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Lefty and I met back in 1975, a time when I walked away from a 15-year career in cardio-pulmonary medicine and opened a fishing tackle store. I advertised in the local newspaper and the ad featured a lot of fly fishing and fly tying gear, which got his interest. At that time I only had a couple fishing articles published, one of which was in Outdoor Life, and the others in The Fisherman Magazines. Lefty walked in the door of the store, looked around for a few minutes, then introduced himself to me. We talked quite a while, he gave me some tips on places to purchase high-quality necks and hackle, and I invited him to go fishing with me on the Susquehanna River for striped bass and smallmouths in the rapids downriver of Conowingo Dam. We've been friends ever since. His wife passed away a last year, but he continues to work at least 4 to 5 days a week, and we talk to each other at least once a month, and get together for lunch once in a while. We haven't fished together since last spring, when we went to a local farm pond and nailed monster bluegills on a special fly I created that mimics a freshwater grass shrimp. In years past we fished for a huge variety of saltwater species with a fly rod, including mahi mahi, wahoo and white marlin. He is the master when it comes to fly casting and fly fishing and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

As for my wife having a sister with a sense of humor, she has two sisters, both of which are considerably older, and they both think this old man is nutty as a fruit cake. ;) They think I should retire to the rocking chair life - but that just ain't gonna happen to this old man. I'll keep working and sailing until I physically am unable to do both.

Cheers,

Gary :cool:
 

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Gary you have a great attitude. Surprising what works. Been getting bluegills and crappies on flys I bought in marathon for Spanish mackerel. Still think deceivers depending on color and size will catch just about anything.
 
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