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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584793562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584793564
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Santella, a freelance writer for the New York Times, the New Yorker and Fly Rod & Reel magazine, offers 50 short takes on the ultimate fly-fishing destinations in this beautifully photographed and nicely packaged volume. Each locale comes recommended by an avid fisher; for example, the founder of Frontiers Travel, Mike Fitzgerald, and his son, also named Mike Fitzgerald, suggest fishing for Atlantic salmon at Laxa I Adaldal in Iceland. Fly-fishing instructor Cathy Beck leads Santella to the thrill of catching snook off Boca Paila in the Yucatan. And Sweetwater Travel founder Jeff Vermillion describes the excitement of fishing on the Ponoi River in Mongolia for taimen ("the world’s largest almonid, capable of reaching 70-plus inches in length and more than 100 pounds"). In Europe, Simon Gawesworth tells Santella about the trick to fishing brown trout on the River Test in Stockbridge, England, where wading is forbidden. The book also highlights more traditional (though no less exciting) trout fishing destinations, such as the Bighorn River in Montana and the Green River in Utah. With its elegant descriptions, gorgeous photos and practical information on accommodations and equipment, this book is a dream travel guide for avid fly-fishers.
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"Santella offers 50 short takes on the ultimate fly-fishing destinations in this beautifully photographed and nicely packaged volume...With its elegant descriptions, gorgeous photos and practical information, this book is a dream travel guide for avid fly-fishers."-Publishers Weekly
"A lavishly photographed dreambook of the world's top angling spots."-Men's Journal
"Everything dad needs to tackle his next trip."-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

More About the Author

Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant whose work has appeared in the New York Times among other publications. He is also the author of Stewart, Tabori and Chang’s Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die, Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die, and Fifty Favorite Fly-Fishing Tales. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Customer Reviews

Pictures beautiful and descriptions detailed.
Jean C. Gardiner
If you have unlimited funds and time this book provides the backbone for a lifetime of fishing trips to exotic locales.
G. Collector
It's a great coffee table book where he can pick it up and read about a new place every now and then.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Pereyra on March 9, 2006
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nice book, but i would like to see more pictures of the different species!! also some maps to locate some places would be great...I live in argentina and the 3 places chosen are great, although you must be a millionaire to fish rio grande!! Fortunately we still have a lot of places here to fish for free.

I would rather see a book where they tell where to fish and spent little money (as an example the book tells you that i f you want to fish rio traful, the only way to do it is going to arroyo verde lodge and thats no true!! you can do it for free if you want..there are accesses by foot or you can reach it by the lake, an there are other private places much more cheaper, but why they dont describe that??). Do not tell me where i can go spending $ 5000 a week because its obvious i could go everywhere with that money!!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Collector on August 28, 2005
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If you have unlimited funds and time this book provides the backbone for a lifetime of fishing trips to exotic locales. Initially I bought the book as a gift for a flyfishing addict but it was such a great read that I ended up buying a second book for myself. The photography is outstanding and so far I've visited 2 of the places in the book and they both ranked as the top trips I'veever taken. 2 down and 48 more to go!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on November 24, 2006
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This is a beautiful book, one that is smartly designed and packaged, pleasant to leaf through and to handle, but somewhat lacking in substance.

Here's an example of the kind of lapse that would have been caught had the book been written for hard core fisherpeople. We read, "The South Island of New Zealand is awash with beauty and teeming with trout". And then a few sentences later, "The South Island trouting experience is certainly one of quality rather than quantity. A majority of the rivers simply don't support large numbers of fish. Some of the most fishy-looking water you can imagine may not contain a single fish".

So is the South Island "teeming with trout" or is it not?

Ultimately it doesn't really matter. This isn't a book about information - it's a wonderful collection of vicarious fishing trips. I'd never flicked a fly rod when I got it, yet I was engrossed, transported, and in the end captivated.

The settings range from intimate, "Brown Trout on Letort Spring Run", to grand, "Steelhead on the Dean River". Along the way we encounter tarpon, bonefish, snook, pike, redfish, all manner of salmon and trout, and even something known as a giant trevally that lurks in the waters off Christmas Island.

And the photographs are stunning. I only wish there were one for every destination.

Recommended to wile away a winter's afternoon while waiting for the ice to break.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mika Vainio on October 21, 2005
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I was expecting to read location related fishing stories written by experienced anglers and was a little bit dissapointed to realize the interview based approach. There seems to be no real feelings in these short texts. Additionally, being a big fan of Mr. Atkinson's art, the size of the book really puts some strict constraints to his photos. Unfortunately.

Having said the above, I have to admit, that I don't regret the purchase of the book. I think that every actively travelling fly fisherman should have it. There is a lot of very valuable information in it, although, quite strongly biased in favor of the USA.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By APinkRN on September 23, 2005
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This is a beautiful book with many great ideas for an ideal trip. A little pricey and not something we will be able to do anytime soon. But if you like to dream big and save, these places are a possibility. The pictures are beautiful.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2004
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I was drawn to this book by the beautiful photo on the cover. While I am not a flyfisher, I enjoy the outdoors and camping near rivers and lakes. I absolutely loved all the photos, and the exquisite descriptions of the surroundings. I bought the book for my flyfisher son-in-law, but decided to buy another for myself to enjoy. The flyfisher in your life is certain to appreciate this timeless book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Henry on June 3, 2004
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Although by no means a seasoned fly-fisher, I was drawn to this book as a catalyst for dreams about future excursions to locations remote, exotic, and even intimidating. The author sets the stage for 50 fascinating road trips that would likely be unmatched in their combination of fishing challenge and natural beauty. I can imagine anglers will be racing to complete the circuit of destinations for years to come.
The author provides helpful fishing info for the true enthusiast (much of it over my head), but also adds a captivating flavor for each location's surroundings, including lodging tips. The photography is quite beautiful, too.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable reference. Maybe the next edition will include golf courses, too!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jean C. Gardiner on June 25, 2004
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I boutht this book for my father for Father's Day and he hasn't let it out of his sight since. He has read it cover to cover at least twice. Pictures beautiful and descriptions detailed. I think he is making his reservations for next year on Christmas Island. He was with us the week I gave it to him and he told everyone about the book. What a buy! I will have to get another copy if I want to read it -- it definitely will not be passed on throughout the rest of us fly fishermen in the family.
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