Charley Waterman's Tales of Fly-Fishing, Wingshooting, and the Great Outdoors

Charley Waterman's Tales of Fly-Fishing, Wingshooting, and the Great Outdoors

by Charley Waterman


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Charley Waterman was a true Renaissance sportsman. He kept his interests broad, his knowledge deep yet playful. This book is no exception.
This collection of stories from his long and varied life in the great outdoors features flyfishing on western creeks, on such storied trout streams as the Letort, and on the Florida flats; chasing sage grouse in Montana, ptarmigan in Alaska, and quail in Mexico, all behind his beloved bird dogs; and Waterman's philosophical scrutinies of tradition and the mysticism behind shotgunning, rounded out with tales of runaway boat trailers and camping in the Everglades. Written in Waterman's usual humor and understatement, this volume is the crowning achievement of his writing career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586671327
Publisher: Derrydale Press
Publication date: 07/07/2014
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Charley Waterman has been regarded as the finest outdoor writer. A regular contributor to outdoor magazines for fifty years, he also wrote 19 books and received the Excellence in Craft award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He died in 2005.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xi

Fly Fishing

1 Sissy Sticks 3

2 Fanatics and Fly Poles 9

3 How to be a Famous Fisherman 17

4 Fuzz and Feathers 25

5 Debie Poppers 31

6 The Peasant Trout 37

7 Our Creek 41

8 Spring Creeks 45

9 Higher Trout 53

10 Sunken Treasure 59


11 Reports From the Field 63

12 Better Than Average Shotguns 69

13 A Little Class 75

14 Mysticism and the Art of Shotgunning 81

15 Meat Dogs and Champions 89

16 Lost Dogs 97

17 Plenty of Rifles 105

18 Masters of the Hunt 111

19 Some Sidelights 117

20 Complete Dove Coverage 125

21 Snipe Sentiment 131

22 Upland Sprinters 137

23 Years of Sage Hens 143

24 Ghosts and Gunpowder 147

The Great Outdoors

25 Road Boats 155

26 Bumboat 163

27 Motor Madness 169

28 Thin Water 173

29 Smallwood Stories 177

30 A Matter of Manners 185

31 Women of the Wilds 191

32 Snake Philosophy 199

33 Tent Traumas 205

34 The Turtle Life 211

35 Mud, Rocks, and Mountains 217

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From the Publisher

"What Charley stands for to another outdoorsman is life in the field, lived to the last drop."
-- Thomas McGuane

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