In The Company of Trout:
True Stories, Ruminations and Vermont Guidance
by Peter Shea
In the nineteen-eighties, when Shea edited and co-authored Northern Cartographic Inc.’s first editions of their local angling classics (The Atlas of Vermont Trout Ponds, Vermont Lakes in Depth, and Vermont Trout Streams), he had already been chasing Green Mountain trout for twenty years. In the Company of Trout -- his first-person tales, set at his favorite fishing holes -- offers a more focused geography and a more personal look at his love affair with trout fishing – including his five killer flies.
In addition to getting some tips on how and where to fish, you will learn how humbling it can be to fish with a six-year-old who is successfully taking large trout with fast-food chicken nuggets, or why he will never return to a pond in which he caught a large brookie on his very first visit. The merits of road-kill versus bank-kill are also briefly explored. There is an uproarious account, set at a backwoods pond, when all of his flies were upstaged by a friend using a common kitchen utensil. You can also learn how to “fish ugly” with The Doctor, a fly so big and heavy that there's no pretty way to cast it. Aside from a moment or two of poignancy, and some very serious fly-tying instructions, this collection of stories takes a largely light-hearted look at trout fishing in its glory, and sometimes its absurdity.
"In The Company of Trout offers advice and entertainment in equal measure."
A view of Vermont's highest mountain from Sterling Pond, Vermont's highest trout pond.
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