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Philadelphia on the Fly: Tales of an Urban Angler Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Frank Amato Publications (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571883614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571883612
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ron P. swegman is an angler, artist, and author. His first book, Philadelphia on the Fly, introduced a new generation of American outdoor writing with a new set of interests and values: urban angling in the shadow of city skylines; mountain biking to regional fishing destinations; birding as a guide to the fish; and poetic prose writing to describe the practical "How To" strategies for luring fish to the artificial fly. He is a frequent contributor to Eastern Fly Fishing magazine, Pennsylvania Outdoor News, The Flyfish Journal, and his official website is www.ronpswegman.com. He lives in New York City.

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What a pleasure to read!
John C. Hembruch
We like to catch Kurper,Tigerfish, Yellowfish and even imported trout and bass right in the cities.
Talcu Mfati
I just couldn't put it down... This book will delight any angler from anywhere in the world.
Alan Gordon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Talcu Mfati on May 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book surprised me very much, in a good way.

When I immigrated to USA from South Africa, I had hard time to learn history, culture and especially fishing in my new home Philadelphia.

In South Africa, the European settlers left one good thing behind, flyfishing. We like to catch Kurper,Tigerfish, Yellowfish and even imported trout and bass right in the cities. I do this much in my hometown of Krugersdorp.

So I get this book by Mr. Swegman to help me be at home in Philadelphia, thinking to learn where to fish. This book is so much more! It has history, and tells of kind people, and gives a real flavor to my new home. I bought many copies to send abroad, and I wish to write a book like this one but for my own home to make visitors feel welcome too.

This book is like African literature because it has so much vivid feeling and not just a technical manual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Shumaker on January 13, 2006
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I just returned from a business trip this evening. I found the copy of "Philadelphia on the Fly" I had ordered in my stack of accumulated mail. I was tired from my trip but I thought maybe I'd just read the first chapter. That was three hours ago and I just finished the book. It's a beautiful book about fly fishing;if you love fly fishing you ought to read it. It's a beautiful book about Philadelphia; if you love Philadelphia you ought to read it. Don't expect a lot of how-to info that's not what this book is about. It's a book of essays by a poet that reminded me of why I love fly fishing and Philadelphia so much.
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Never have I found any fishing literature more pleasing to read than Swegman's masterpiece. I just couldn't put it down...

This book will delight any angler from anywhere in the world. Don't be fooled by the regional-sounding title. Any person who has ever fished or suffered a relationship with an angler will have tears of mirth in their eyes before they've read twenty minutes.

I looked around for other books by Swegman, and couldn't find a blessed thing. Too bad for all of us. Here's to hoping his next work comes out soon.

I cannot more strongly recommend a piece of literature. This guy makes Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway look stuffy. Fun, witty, a real treasure. I'm ordering extras for friends.
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An urban fly fisherman's journal about exploring the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River in northwest Philadelphia, approaching by bike and entering in knee-high rubber boots. Along the way, the reader gains insights into the Wissahickon-Schuykill ecosystem, the species that populate the waters, the flies that attract them, even the waterway's place in American history. The diversity of genre means you'll never be bored: e.g., horror ("A Very Scary Fish Story"), fantasy ("Fat Brown Pigskin"), and lines of the author's poetry ("Fishing Without a Net"). That penultimate chapter contains some fine musings on the morality of catch-and-release fishing. But the lesson could not be more wonderfully taught than by the example given of assistance rendered to an injured smallmouth bass, recorded in the chapter entitled "A River Revival." I would be remiss if I did not mention the surprisingly fine tactile and visual experience provided by this slim paperback: high-quality "semi-gloss" paper, wide margins, wide vertical spacing of text, a footer border with title on even pages, chapter title and page number on odd pages, and illustrated by dozens of color photos and handsome graphics. What a pleasure to read!
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