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"Jerry Kustich is one of the most readable and engaging writers I know. He’s an expert at virtually any subject he touches, but he's never ponderous. Instead he's a consummate storyteller and humorist who happens to care deeply about fishing." (Marshall Cutchin, Publisher MidCurrent and Skiff Republic 2013-08-01)

"Jerry Kustich is one of the most readable and engaging writers I know. He's an expert at virtually any subject he touches, but he's never ponderous. Instead he's a consummate storyteller and humorist who happens to care deeply about fishing." (Marshall Cutchin, Publisher, Midcurrent and Skiff Repubilc 2013-10-01)

"Jerry Kustich is one of a vanishing breed of fly fishers. Fly fishing shapes his view of the world, it's not just one of the things he does. It's fishing that has led him to pursue a broader vision of what living in a truly functioning wild ecosystem would feel like. We need him out there poking around on the edges, exploring, fishing, and reporting back with unwavering honesty what he observes." (Ed Engle, Author of Fishing Small Flies and Splitting Cane 2013-10-01)

"Jerry Kustich is at his best in this collection of stories and essays recounting a lifetime in fly fishing. He leads us up the river of life through tranquil pools and treacherous rapids of experience, from the joy of catching a huge trout to the incomprehensibly tragic and premature death of a loved one." (Norm Zeigler, Author of Snook on a Fly and Rivers of Shadow, Rivers of Sun 2013-10-01)

About the Author

Jerry Kustich is author of At the River’s Edge: Lessons Learned in a Life of Fly Fishing (978-0963310927), A Wisp in the Wind: In Search of Bull Trout, Bamboo, and Beyond (978-0963310941), and coauthor of Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead (978-0963310910), all published by West River Publishing. His articles and essays have appeared in Fly Fisherman, Big Sky Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, and many other publications. He splits his time between Baltimore, MD, and Twin Bridges, MT.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole/Headwater (December 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934753203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934753200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PFVang on December 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It’s the story he needed to tell and the book he needed to write. That’s my reaction after reading Jerry Kustich’s new book, Around the Next Bend, A Fly Angler’s Journey.

Jerry is known in the flyfishing community as a bamboo rod maker, a master craftsman in the art of transforming stalks of bamboo into deceptively delicate-looking, yet strong and powerful fly rods. He’s also a talented writer with two previous books, At the River’s Edge, and Wisp in the Wind. He’s also the co-author, with his brother, Rick Kustich, of Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead.

Jerry endured turmoil, both professional and personal, in recent years. In his second book, Wisp in the Wind, he wrote about his love of the craft of building bamboo rods, and his work as one of the tiny group of rod builders, the “Boo Boys,” who ran the R. L. Winston Rod Co., bamboo shop. Not long after the book came out, there was a falling out with Winston, resulting in Jerry and Glenn Brackett, another bamboo master craftsman and former owner of Winston, leaving to launch their own business, Sweetgrass Rods.

In that earlier book, Jerry also told of how he met his wife, Debra, and how they subsequently found their way to Twin Bridges, Montana.

Just a few years after launching the new business, Debra was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. My mother had ALS, so I’m all too familiar with this debilitating illness. Debra died in 2009, a devastating blow.

I occasionally stop at Sweetgrass Rods in Twin Bridges after a morning of duck hunting, and last year, about this time, Jerry said he was working out a strategy to retire so I suggested that he should write another book. “You have a story you need to tell,” I said.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Rikster on April 13, 2014
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We need the ability to clone Jerry Kustich as the world needs more people with his sensibilities. His writing in 'Around the Bend' as well as his two previous books 'At the River's Edge' and 'A Wisp in the Wind' take one on a journey where he shares not only his fly fishing adventures but a view into his life's own personal experiences and a philosophy on how we could have or maybe still can make this life on earth a better place. The fly fishing stories/chapters will not only fulfill the vicarious fishing fix but communicate to the reader that the fly fishing experience is more than just catching fish. His stories on his personal up and downs will make you laugh, reflect, and tug at your heartstrings. I remember years ago at a Jimmy Buffett concert seeing a t-shirt that said "I want Jimmy Buffett's job." When you read his books, I say to myself, "I want to see life through Jerry Kustich's eyes." Actually, we would all benefit from seeing life through his eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kenny on July 30, 2014
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Reading Jerry Kustick's book was interesting for me as he writes from a different perspective on fishing. Because he is from a particular generation with a unique perspective on what he feels life and fishing are about plus being a cane rod maker brings a different flavor to the book. Knowing that the writer sought out and enjoys the lifestyle of a very small town in Montana as well as the pace of life, he provides some insight into life, fishing, the environment and his perspectives of all in this book. It is a refreshing look at life with the other aspects of life written in as the background for this book. Interesting reading.
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I was looking forward to reading this book as soon as I heard it was available. His attitude towards fishing is in line with my way of approaching fly fishing. I find as much joy just being stream side as I do actually catching fish. I am deeply saddened to hear of what happened between his last book and this one. The stories are entertaining and thought provoking. As someone who is approaching the half century mark on this planet, this book kind of hits home. As with all his books, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the simple act of being outdoors and sees more than just a stream and trees.
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By Spade Hackle on July 14, 2014
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Nice life stories by one of the Winston Boo boys.
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