With A Flyrod
Illuminating fish tales from one of Canada's top fly fishermen and
guides. This book is laugh out loud funny. In fact if you don't
laugh when you read it, you might want to check for a pulse. The
author - who introduced "looganfest", "bridgers", "full contact
fly fishing" and "trailers" into the lexicon of fly fishing - proves
conclusively that a hooked salmon does feel like a galloping greyhound;
postulates that women might make better fishermen then men; expresses
wonder at why kids get the big fish; and cautions that one's love
life can get compromised between bed and riverbed.
72675 words (but who's counting).
12 Chapters. 16 pen and ink illustrations.
The dressing and history for each of the 48 flies listed in the
stories (a nice touch).
220 cream colored pages (right ragged edge) all packed into an ergonomically
perfect 8 x 7 inch format.
There are only 150 of these. Each one is signed and numbered. There
is a pen and ink drawing of a fly on the title page. Each book is
shipped with two Winkies, which are suitable for framing and a signature
Hardcover Limited Edition: $55.00 Canadian.
Hardcover: $27.00 Canadian.
Softcover: $22.00 Canadian.
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Tax and shipping charges will be added.
By the way.
Fumbling was launched on March 28th, 2000 and on May 5th, 2000 it
made it to #8 on the Canadian Bestseller List in the National Post.
Not bad for being out 5 weeks!
Reviews and Comments
"Ian Colin James is a keen observer of life. What
he does extremely well is to coax the humor out of every situation.
The James' funny bone is oversized. Perhaps fish also have them,
because within these pages you can hear them laugh, too, always
at the anglers expense. The author wrings the entertainment value
out of every fishing situation."
John Roberts, Fly Fishing Writer, York, England.
"Ian Colin James was Morningside's favorite
fly fisherman ... always a joy to talk to and watch at work."
"Ian James is a skilled storyteller whose humorous
angling misadventures awakened a rush of fond memories. If you've
ever gotten up in the dark and driven half the night to stand in
an icy-cold river and share the dawn with a friend, you'll love
reading Fumbling with a Flyrod."
Farrow Allen, Fly Tying Editor, Fly Fish America, U.S.
"Years ago, from my first telephone conversation
with Ian James, I knew this transplanted Scotsman was an enthusiastic
fellow fly fisherman as we compared our observations about flies
and fly fishing techniques. What a delight it was to also discover
his considerable skills as a weaver of humorous and entertaining
tales. Fly fishing enthusiasts everywhere will recognize part of
themselves in these pages. I certainly did, and I can recommend
Fumbling with a Flyrod as a very good read."
Dick Stewart, Mountain Pond Publishing, New Hampshire, U.S.
"Fumbling with a Flyrod is entertaining in its
funniest moments; lyrical in its quietest. Ian bares his soul in
this book - and that's quite a lot of bearing. As his editor, I
know he gives me the same absolute respect he gives to his steelhead."
Don Loney, Editor, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd., Toronto, Canada.
"Buy this book. It probably won't make you a better
fly fisherman, but you'll be laughing too
hard to care."
"Ian Colin James is a semi-famous fly fisherman
who used to appear regularly on Peter Gzowski's Morningside. His
comical and lyrical collection of yarns, Fumbling with a Flyrod,
doesn't set out to teach us much about fishing. But the author's
travels and misadventures are so entertaining that readers won't
mind a bit."
Jake MacDonald, Cottage Life Magazine, Toronto.
"Ian's skill with a rod, fly and word are unsurpassed.
His repertoire, a cast of thousands."
Tom Morrison, Editor, Southwestern Ontario Outdoors Magazine, Canada.
"I can't believe he got the stuff about Charles Rennie Mackintosh
K. Aylin, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland.
"Wish I had an opposing thumb, so I could
turn the pages faster. Great smelling pages."
'Max' Rotwieler, London, Ontario.
"Without a doubt, this is the funniest - and only
- fly fishing book my son has written."
Mrs. James, the author's mum, Scotland.
"Fumbling would make a great movie! And I'm not
saying that because I am his agent."
Hugo Rampen, AMOK Agencies, Fergus, Ontario.
"A very funny book ... but never again will we
try and design a Website with a colorblind author."
Jo & Alexander, Wigwam Digital, Strathclyde, Scotland.
"There were lots of words on every page. Reading
this was more fun than washing a cat. I won't plagiarize it for
the club news letter until the second edition is on the shelf .
. . maybe. Fumbling is very witty and very cleverly written."
Paul Noble, Secretary, The Thames River Anglers Association, London,
"This is the only book I haven't used to tie roe
bags on, and it is way more fun than running with scissors!"
Sporty Morty, The Fish Files, W.S.M. Studios Inc., Allison, Ontario.
"Ian taught the staff all they needed to know
about using road-kill for tying flies. Fumbling is twice as much
fun as reading the recommendations from the Federal Governments
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and a great read over a
bowl of puppy stew."
Jasper Friendly Bear, c/o The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour, Blossom,