Tell Me What You're Reading #14 Nick Lyons: Legendary Fly Fishing Author/ Publisher; a Sporting Legend of the Catskills
I spoke in February with author, publisher and fly fisherman Nick Lyons. I heard Nick speak last year at the Phoenicia Library in a talk that was called “A Life Well Fished”. The talk was presented by the wonderful Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection of the Phoenicia library in its Sporting Legends of the Catskills series. Beth Waterman, a co-founder of the Collection, was kind enough to introduce me to Nick.
Sporting Legend of the Catskills certainly does not tell Nick’s entire story but is a good way to think of Nick, who has been fishing in the Catskills since the age of 3, which was quite some time ago. Nick has also written 20 highly regarded books about his passion for the outdoors and fly fishing, has edited and published many more, and Nick also for 25 years wrote the Seasonable Angler column for “Fly Fisherman” magazine.
Nick’s memoir, Spring Creek, is a love letter to a creek in Montana. In it, Nick writes that he aims for his writing “to be rich enough to catch some of the stillness, complexity, joy, fierce intensity, frustration, practicality, hilarity, fascination, [and] satisfaction” that he finds in fly fishing. If you read anything that Nick has written, you will enjoy that richness.
More About Nick
The New York Times He Fishes, She Paints. The Twain Meet
What Nick is Reading
The Longest Silence, by Tom McGuane
The Habit of Rivers, by Ted Leeson
Golden Days, by Romilly Fedden
Review Fishing Book Reviews
Where the Bright Waters Meet, by Harry Plunket Greene
Review The Telegraph
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
Sabbath's Theater, Philip Roth
The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
Nick Lyons’ books:
A Flyfisher’s World
In Praise of Wild Trout
My Secret Fishing Life
Confessions of a Fly Fishing Addict
The Seasonable Angler