- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Departure Publishing LLC; First edition (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615276326
- ISBN-13: 978-0615276328
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Alaska Chronicles: An Unwashed View of Life, Work, and Fly Fishing Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Bald with honesty, frequently on the edge, technically accomplished, and willing to take risk--we need more writers like Miles Nolte. --The Fly Fish Journal
Forget about lilting odes to delicate fish. The Alaska Chronicles is a hard-edged look at the outfitting business, stripped of all the hype and glamour. Direct, forceful, and engrossing, it offers a glimpse into a fly fishing life few have seen, and even fewer would endure. --The Trout Underground
Just when the idea of the alternative occupation seems to have lost its center, along comes Miles Nolte who risks dignity and normalcy to give us a guileless narrative of life as an Alaskan fishing guide. Nolte's equitable but unsparing take on guides, clients, and his own foibles is as engaging as any book of its kind. --MidCurrent.com
About the Author
Miles Nolte was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Kailua. After high school he attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California where he earned a Batchelor's Degree in English and World Literature.
After college Miles moved to Botswana where he spent two years teaching writing and occasionally casting streamers at tigerfish. In 2002, Miles returned to Hawaii where he lived with his parents, surfed, and worked days as a carpenter's apprentice, and nights as a cocktail server at the local country club. In 2003, he used his savings to buy a plane ticket to Bozeman, Montana. For the next three years Miles fished 150 days a year, taught snowboarding, waited tables, and worked as an advisor and teacher's assistant in the English department at Montana State University. It was during this time that he cultivated a long-distance fascination with Alaska's famed Bristol Bay watershed.
In 2006, Miles realized that the only way he'd ever get to fish Alaska was to work there. At that point he applied for the guiding job that eventually spanned two and a half summers and led to the writing of this book.
Currently, Miles is back in Bozeman fulltime with plans to eventually attend graduate school. Until then, he'll continue to teach snowboarding, work in the same restaurant that keeps him employed between seasons, and guide fly fishermen everywhere he can.
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Secondly, too often books by fishing guides are written under the guise of the wise, old sage, imparting wisdom to the rest of us. Nolte tells it like it is, or at least, how he sees it. He's impatient, frankly critical of his fishing camp's management and downright disparaging about some, or at least one, of his fellow guides. He sees his paying anglers as ordinary people, full of expectations, only some of which can be realized. Fishing is not always easy and not always good. He's generous with his help to those anglers who are trying hard to do what's needed, and contemptuous of the lazy and those unwilling to learn.
I'm headed to an Alaska fishing lodge this fall. Nolte's book will be very helpful in making my expectations more realistic. And it will certainly encourage me to be as nice as possible to my fishing guide. The Alaska Chronicles is highly recommended, especially for fishermen, even more for fly-fishermen, and most of all to fly-fisherman headed to our 49th state on a fly-fishing expedition.
Mr. Nolte, you owe us another book, quick!
I suspect very much that the river he guided on was the Alagnak.
I could never say enough about this guy's wit and drive. If you've ever had even the slightest interest in fly fishing the most remote, breathtaking, and pristine wilderness in the world....with an absolute character where there's never a dull moment, you have to read this book!!!!
Oh, and though I cant stand the environmentalists and their damn socialist and unconstitutional EPA,.....I'm passionately against the Pebble Mine! I've experienced the Bristol Bay and it's unmatched sport fishing, and there is NO PLACE LIKE IT ON THIS EARTH!! So do yourself a favor and just READ about the best fly fishing in the world!....
Don't go to Alaska on a fishing trip and ruin your life trying to get back!!!