Join Date: Mar 2000
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The Earth Is Enough: Growing Up in a World of Fly Fishing, Trout, & Old Men
I am currently reading The Earth is Enough by Harry Middleton, it is a really good read. The friend who gave to me half-jokingly called it the 'greatest book ever written", I don't know about that, but it is a pretty damn good philosophy book that focusses on fishing for trout.
It is not a how to/where to book, rather a book about the forming of personal ethics. It relates how a 12 year old boy is placed in the care of two old men on their hardscrabble Ozarks farm and learns from them the wonders of being one with the earth. To me, it speaks to some of the reasons I fish - and with regularity it leaves me smiling - as I put the book down and walk away saying "yep, that's right".
Here are a couple of quotes from the book, the first is my favorite from Uncle Albert, who said (trying to give fair warning to his young charge), "Take up the fly rod, and the shotgun, and before you know it, you're an outcast, a social leper, rejected by your family, despised by your neighbors, mistrusted by your community." And the quote that pretty much encapsulates the life of the old men is the question, "Should any man turn his back on ambition, profit, security, and a parking place in the city, just to pursue a fish?"
I am enjoying this book immensely, so much so that I am purposely reading it only a few pages at a time, it is a small book and I want it to last as long as possible.
Tight lines - tyler.
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