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Lee Wulff

Author: Jack Samson
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Jack Samson
Lee Wulff
Frank Amato Publications, Inc. Portland, OR, 1995
238 pages, Hardbound, illustrated, Black & White

GFF rating: 4 out of 7
Above average

Reviewed by Bruce E. Harang

Lee Wulff was a quintessential fly-fisherman. From earliest childhood growing up in Alaska, Lee and the outdoors were two intertwined threads in the pattern of a long and accomplished life.

Jack Samson has very clearly documented the fly-fishing life and accomplishments of Lee Wulff. All the well-known fly-fishing highlights are here. The invention of the American style fly-fishing vest, the idea of "catch-and-release", the molded plastic bodied fly and many more. Also documented are Lee's equally well known fly-fishing accomplishments, such as hooking and landing an Atlantic Salmon on a very light bamboo trout rod. The author then goes behind the public image and tells the story of Lee's not so well known accomplishments. Events such as helping to found the Federation of Fly Fishers, working to protect and preserve the Atlantic Salmon, opening up sport fishing in Labrador, Canada, and constantly teaching conservation and good stewardship to the world. The biography is made complete in documenting Lee's life and relationship with the rest of the world. This is truly a wonderful accounting of an outdoor giant's life. It is the story of a true renaissance man.

Overall, this is a well-written and illustrated tribute to a genuine American hero.

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