These 37 stories take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offer an unauthorised (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan’s 1970s obsession with fishing. Santella’s peripatetic lifestyle and eye for entertaining details – even those that have little to do with the act of throwing flies at fish – will make one look at fishing in a whole different way.
‘Tug is honest, fair and self-effacing, and it does what great angling writing should—it inspires us to get on the water more often to fish. If you don’t want to fish the world with a fly rod in hand after reading it, you better check for a pulse.’ Greg Thomas, Editor Fly Rod & Reel
- Delightful and entertaining short stories on the author's fly fishing experiences
- Not a how to fly fishing book but instead fishing tales to inspire you
- Includes stories from all over the world – The Ponoi River, Havana and many more
Chris Santella is the author of 19 books, including Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die and Fifty Places To Play Golf Before You Die (The Fifty Places series has sold over 500,000 copies). He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Trout, Fly Rod & Reel, The Drake, American Angler, and Fly Fish Journal. When not working, Santella loves to fish for steelhead on the Deschutes, Sandy, and North Umpqua Rivers. He lives in Oregon, USA.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading 37 Fly Fishing Essays from The New York Times and Beyond ISBN 9780811719636 Author Chris Santella Binding Hardback Extent 184 pages, 242 x 159mm Illustrations No Ebook No
"The Tug is The Drug is the perfect read for the angler who can’t get to the water or is away on holiday wanting to read about their favourite pastime." - Eat, Sleep, Fish (you can read the full review here)
"a series of place-portraits (embracing mainly the Americas, but with Ireland and Russia also featured) that will appeal to anyone with wanderlust in his or her bones. Focusing on the pursuit of the principal fresh and saltwater species, many of the essays occupy just two or three pages but Santella thankfully doesn't cram, wisely opting to focus on one or two facets of each trip. Coping with luggage loss on the Kola Peninsula; inner-city fishing in Calgary; why carp fishing is like football; the code of honour amongst Floridian guides; a casting lesson with Lefty Kreh and why you should always read the small-print of a New Zealand licence – it all makes for an agreeable, lively read that you can dip in and out of. (And respect to Santella for being unafraid to record the occasional fishing experience in which he caught no fish). An ideal acquisition for anyone weighing up fishing holidays overseas or who simply enjoys good travel writing." - Jeffery Prest, Trout Fisherman
'...a superbly entertaining collection of fishing tales covering the author's fly fishing adventures at home in the USA and around the globe over the last 30 years... Santella is surely the master of the short story, displayed amply by these witty and descriptive writings for the likes of the New York Times, The Flyfish Journal and Greys Spotting Journal... How to best sum up reading this book? Well as per one of the chapter titles about the language of fly fishing being hijacked by surfers, "It was Epic, Dude!"' - Paul Sharman, Fish and Fly
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