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The Tug is the Drug: 30 Fly-Fishing Essays from The New York Times & Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Chris Santella
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You may know Chris Santella as the author of Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die, Fifty More Places To Fly Fish Before You Die and a host of other “Fifty Places” books. The Tug is the Drug collects Santella’s first-person fly fishing narratives – including many stories that first appeared in The New York Times.
These thirty pieces take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana… and even offer an unauthorized (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan’s 1970s obsession with fishing.
Chris Santella is one of the the most well-traveled writers in the history of the sport of fly fishing. His peripatetic lifestyle and eye for entertaining details—even those that have little to do with the act of throwing flies at fish—hold the attention and make us look at fishing in a whole different way.
The people and places that Chris writes about--fishing’s notable characters, oddballs and outcast experts, and places that inspire and sometimes intimidate the average angler—define a horizon that most fly fishers will never reach, but Santella brings it all into the foreground.
Chris Santella has more than 600,000 hard cover books in print. In addition to his book writing, he is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Fly Rod & Reel andTrout, and has also contributed to The New Yorker, Robb Report, Travel & Leisure, Travel & Leisure Golf, Golf andLinks, among other publications. A graduate of Middlebury College and the Yale School of Management, Chris continues to work with select marketing clients, which include conservation, tourism, software and renewable energy entities. His two “Fifty Places” fly fishing books are being adapted for television by the World Fishing Network as Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, which will premiere in the 1st quarter 2015.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3857 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Headwater Books, Midcurrent LLC (March 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JC67QX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, Read it, Enjoy! July 7, 2014
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fly fishing. It has inspired me to try to fish for species other than trout. It is more than a check list of places to try; it provides a taste of the experience. While it is all about fly fishing, the sense of the area, the town and people differ greatly. After reading the chapters, you feel as though you have a sense of what to expect in locations you've never been to before. I suspect these are the types of narratives the author was seeking from the experts he interviewed for his "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" and "Fifty More Places...". In this book it is the author's narrative and first hand experiences that are detailed, making each chapter much more intimate and consistent in voice.

The book is primarily a collection of articles that previously appeared in the New York Times, so the quality of writing is superb. It is really more of a travelogue, than a collection of stories chronicling the authors experience fishing for a variety of species, under various conditions and locales. The length of the articles was likely prescribed by the NYT editorial board, so all of these chapters make for a quick easy read. The book concludes with an homage to Dylan and a short piece of fiction both of which I found very enjoyable.

If you're seeking fishing stories, anything by John Gierach and the author's "Fifty Favorite Fly Fishing Tales" are good places to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good stories July 5, 2014
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A good collection of stories you can breeze through and enjoy. Long enough to hold your attention short enough to not get bored.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh June 26, 2014
By A. Neff
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I was really let down. It's average writing. The stories are sub-par at best and come across as more of a who's who in guided fly fishing than actual stories
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Most of the essays were good, but I'm not a fan of the essay style book. You inevitably get a few that don't interest you. I'm sure many will love the one's I didn't.
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