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An Angler's Tales and Travels
Kevin Searock

Kevin Searock transports readers to the waterside as he explores the timeless relationship between the outdoors and the sport of fishing.

Whether standing in a quiet Wisconsin creek, by a high-country lake in Wyoming, or on the grassy margins of England’s hallowed chalkstreams, Kevin Searock believes anglers are driven by a vision: “There are things on this good Earth that only the angler sees, and one of them is the breathless beauty of a trout emerging from a river.” Here, in this evocative collection of fishing essays, he takes readers under the surface of this ancient sport, casting a spell of water-magic. Although trout are central to many of the stories, bluegills, bass, and other warm-water fish also grace these pages.

Telling stories in thoughtful prose, Searock writes about fly-tying, collecting fishing literature, journaling, and traveling in a way that makes Troutsmith a rich and varied meditation on fishing and the outdoors.

“We all, if we are lucky, find ways of loving the world. Fishing is how Kevin Searock loves the world. These essays, like all good love stories, are windows into a strange and obsessive heart. Searock’s fishing illuminates our land and waters and the nature and mystery of how we love.”—David Allan Cates, author of Freeman Walker

Kevin Searock
is an avid fisherman, photographer, and outdoors writer whose articles have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Midwest Fly Fishing, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, and Wisconsin Trails. He lives in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and teaches advanced placement biology and chemistry at Portage High School.


“A steady current of pleasure flows through Troutsmith, an abiding appreciation of a lifelong journey in which the author succeeds often, [and] fails with grace.”
Fly Rod & Reel Magazine

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Sunlit Riffles and Shadowed Runs
Stories of Fly Fishing in America
Kent Cowgill

"These stories are sometimes quiet, sometimes raucous, and sometimes quirky, but they all look at fishing and fishermen with the kind of sidelong glance you might not expect.”—John Gierach, editor at large of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine


April 2013
LC: 2012032686 SH
184 pp.   5 1/2 x 7 1/4

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ISBN 978-0-299-29370-3
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“Most fisher folks read fishing books at times that they cannot fish. In Troutsmith, Kevin Searock takes us fishing, writing about great adventures with fish, water, plants, geology, travel, and companions. We imagine being there with him: I could do that; I have been there; I’m going to go there first chance I get!”
—Jerry Davis, Wisconsin Outdoor News


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