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A Perfect Fish
Illusions in Fly Tying, by Ken Abrames
By Martin Joergensen
|GFF Rating: 6|
The philosophy behind the new book entitled "The Perfect Fish" is similar to what I found in Striper Moon. Abrames has once again collected tokens of his deep-felt respect for the fish and the art of tying flies to catch it in a fairly modestly looking book. But looks deceive.
Abrames' prose and poetry surrounds his fantastic paintings and subdued drawings. Yes, poetry! Small poems express some of the experiences and feelings the author has for the species, fishing and fly tying. And it works! I have spent hours on end leafing through the book just engulfing the whole aesthetic impression - not reading as such, but just experiencing the book.
OK, I know you want to ask. "How about the fishing content? Do we learn something? Will we catch more stripers after having read this book?"
Will you be surprised if I answer yes to all these questions? It is a yes. This book will teach you a lot about striper fishing and tying striper flies. But in a different manner. This is not a Kreh book - even though Kreh wrote the foreword. This is not Kaufmann or Tabory. These and many other authors have their ways of teaching us, while this book has another approach. It is hard to explain, but the journey through the pages is a fascinating one, which takes you from facts to beautiful paintings to mesmerizing prose and poetry back to facts. Some readers might not like this fashion, but rest assured that I do! Abrames' way is different in the most liberating manner.
Ambrames' drawn instructions are clear and easy to understand.
This statement is very typical for the tone of voice in the book, and clearly expresses Abrames' respect for the striper. The modern latin name for stripers is Morone saxatilis if anybody should wonder.
This is not a book about tactics like the Striper Moon, but it will make you a wiser striper fisherman. As you might guess I have not bought this book only to become a better striper fisherman. The nearest striped bass is thousands of miles and months away from my Danish home waters. No, I have bought this book to enjoy its beauty, embedded in text, poetry, paintings and fly patterns - and become a wiser fly fisherman altogether.
I cannot recommend it warmly enough.
- Ken Abrames
- A Perfect Fish - Illusions in Fly Tying
- Frank Amato, Portland, 1999
- ISBN: 1-57188-138-7
- Size: softcover, Letter format - 112 pages
- Price: approx. US$29.- (available in hardcover at approx. US$39.-)
There is no fear in Abrames approach to the subject. Poetry, painting, and - as fishing books come - radical layout.
Ken Abrames can be contacted through his personal web site - suitably named stripermoon.com
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