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Better Off Wet: 49 Life Lessons Through Fishing [Kindle Edition]

Keith Foxe
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Book Description

Traveling to places where wild trout and game fish abound, author Keith Foxe zigzags across the U.S. traveling to Montana, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut and ending in Pennsylvania to realize his fly fishing satori. The obsession becomes the wild brown trout of the legendary Letort Spring in Carlisle where he sets his goal to catch the defining trout. In the process his journey is interrupted by the dying days of 80's Yuppie culture in Manhattan, the dot com boom (1.0 and 2.0) in Silicon Valley, marriage, divorce, children and the technocracy of the new millennium. A must read for fly fishermen, Kindle enthusiasts, outdoor adventure lovers and spiritual dilettantes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2037 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Gyv Publishers; 6 edition (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read / Inspirational and Informative August 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Like many anglers I find my time on the water helps me focus, relax and look inward, and in many ways reading this book took me streamside. Like I was along for the ride with Keith on one of his fishing adventures. Keith's passion for fishing is clear and the openness in which he shares and relates his life experiences makes for a compelling adventure for the reader. Recommended for any fan of the outdoors and fishing, but also for those who are sensitive, introspective, and spiritual.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Something that struck me in this book was the brutal honesty of the day's log. I wonder how many times we've had a wonderful day on the stream but have the sum of the log read "caught one 8" brownie". The honesty extended deep in to the book and into Keiths's personal life that was extremely refreshing, especially in these days where truth seems to be in rare commodity. We cast our own bamboo rod (and justified why) right along with Keith as he explores and tries to find himself in the act of flyfishing. The early Kindle release is re-pleat with annoying typos and missing words but that did not distract and only confirmed Keith as a kindred human soul. Keith is the kind of guy you would want to spend the day on the creek with and a nice cool one in town afterwards. A good read that I enjoyed. Thanks Keith, if ever in Colorado, I'll show you around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey and Some Good Lessons June 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A really good fisherman's read, full of personal experiences and wise counsel regarding the way of the trout. Lessons through someone else's eyes are not always rewarding, but these were. I really enjoyed their lessons as well as the author's style. I am glad I went for the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson One: The Reward of Patience January 30, 2015
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In my early childhood 1970's home, we had two signs on the wall: "Poverty is Not a Crime" and "Patience is a Virtue." To read Keith Foxe's opening lesson on the reward of patience brought me back to the lesson: that to live life to the fullest and to reap its benefits, one must possess the virtue of patience and to know the greatest moments of creating are those found in the gap. Wait and all shall be revealed in due time.

I am not a fisher woman, but I can appreciate the Zen art mastery of fishing. I did it as a child growing up in summers spent in Mammoth Lakes. I love to cast for fish and to even catch it, so I can appreciate all it takes to bring 'pond to table' or 'ocean to table,' or more truly, 'hook to table.' In "Better off Wet: 49 Life Lessons Through Fishing" - Keith Foxe wades with us through the ever changing tides of life. While you are waiting for your bait to be bitten, you can learn something. Don't let a moment go to waste. The ultimate multi-task experience - have a quiet, meditative moment and change the world somehow - your own and the larger one we share.

I laughed out loud at several passages, Foxe's writing is engaging, sensory, visually hilarious. His in-depth journal of his fishing adventures and statistics are informative to those who can easily treat this as a fishing travel guide book. But it is much more than that. One of my favorite passages reads: "In a way you are a fishing evangelist -- you view yourself not just as some dandy gracefully whipping colored line through rural air, but as a steward of the environment and a keeper of old traditions.
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More About the Author

Keith Foxe is an award winning writer on subjects ranging from cultural shifts in modern America to fishing and the outdoors. He spent his formative years in Enfield, CT, where a sizable portion of his youth was spent fishing the rivers and streams of Northern Connecticut. After graduating from Elizabethtown College in Central Pennsylvania, he worked at Crown Publishers (a division of Random House) serving as publicist for Dave Barry, Milton Berle, Ronnie Spector, and Deepak Chopra, as well as numerous Rock 'n' Roll critics and non-fiction authors. He served as a spokesman and lobbyist for the retail industry and moved to the nascent business of Internet commerce (working for IAC, eBay, and some other early Internet start-ups). He was the creator of the webzine fiftythings -- about things worth saving in the new millennium. It was featured in USA Today and NPR and won numerous web awards having over 6 million readers. Currently living in Oakland, California he is active in the online retailing industry. He is the father of three children ranging from teen to toddler. His latest project is a series of self-help parodies. Henry Kissinger once declined to shake his hand.


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