A Trout Fisherman's Soul
When his father and grandfather introduced him to trout fishing at the Flag River in the wilds of northern Wisconsin, eight-year-old Tony was--in a word--hooked. Stream fishing and its sense of exploration quickly took hold, and the thrill of catching the elusive trout by drifting a worm stuck with him forever. However, spending family time together proved to be even more rewarding. Trout fishermen are a different breed, dirtying their fingers in worm cans and waving off mosquitoes while on a snarled river, yet enjoying themselves along the way. Throw in a streamside lunch under some towering pines and hardwoods, a day of maniac brook trout action, and an overnight camping trip amid the glow of fireflies, and the recipe for a lifetime of memories is set. A brush with mortality inspired the now-grown Tony to write A Trout Fisherman's Soul, a light-hearted memoir that passionately describes how four generations of family trout fishermen built a rich tradition on the Flag River near Lake Superior. Tony lovingly describes a trip with his brother and their two sons, intermingled with flashbacks to times spent fishing with his father and grandfather. He feels an even deeper kinship with them when he realizes he has become the person passing on the family's passion for the sport. A true testament to tradition, A Trout Fisherman's Soul reveals that in the end it's not the catch that feeds the soul, but the love of family.