Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Winter Adventure Reading
With yet another torturous winter freeze hitting the eastern states we yet again find ourselves locked up waiting out the ice (that is unless you are lucky enough to have one of those deluxe ice shacks up in the UP or Minnesota.) You could sit around an mope about the lack of fishing you have been forced to endure or you can make the time useful and begin to fill your box with flies for the up-coming spring thaw.
With that encouragement and sage advice properly handed out I now have to admit that I can only stand so much reading up on fly patterns and fishing techniques before I loose all interest. When I find that happening (usually about a month into winter) I turn my mind to an ever expanding library of real life adventures from a bygone era. Back to a time when the world was much larger and tales of epic adventures and romantic tales from far off places drove men to do amazing things.
Many years ago I read the classic by Slocum 'Around The World Alone' and was instantly a fan. With this book I find that Slocum has inspired men for generations. In late September 1934 Dwight Long, barely past twenty years of age, set out to have his own adventure sailing the world in his boat - The Idle Hour. If you can find this book, which might be very difficult giving its rarity, and you like the adventure style travel writing then pick it it up. It will make you want to buy an old tub of a ship with seams that breath as freely as a sleeping baby and set sail for the south pacific.
Yes I know the sketch of a lounging woman in a swimsuit has nothing to do with fishing but maybe it will make you forget about the the temperature howling past your window at the moment. Enjoy...
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