Narrator: Johnny Mack
on 16 February 2017
Length: 13 mins
Genres: Fiction, Humor, Literary
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A man can love a woman. There's no trick to that. And a man can love a dog, especially if it is a good dog with worship in its eyes. But can a man love a fish?
An experienced trout fisherman reminisces about the love of opening day in various location in Wisconsin.
©1972 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (P)2017 Paul Stokes
This is a sweet reminiscence of a man falling in love with a trout taking place in the Wolf River in Wisconsin.
I have never been fishing but this short tale has piqued my interest. I now want to fall in love with a river and her fish and the sport of claiming a meal with patience and perseverance.
Bill Stokes eloquently talks of cool misty mornings as well as steamy afternoons along a river as fish hunters claim their spots and do their best to entice a large trout to sink their mouths on their carefully crafted (or bought) hook-in-disguise. While I have always had some respect for fly fishing, since it requires skill and patience, I now see some beauty in it as well.
As always with Stokes’s works, there’s some humor tucked in here and there. I especially enjoyed his references to love affairs with the fish, his wife’s reactions to his addiction, and the light jabs to those weekend fishermen who drive right up to a chosen spot in the river instead of hiking along the bank a quarter mile or so.
I’ve listened to a few tales by Stokes at this point and I believe this is his most eloquent work. Obviously, he has a love of not only the sport of fishing but also a love and respect for the trout as well.
I received a free copy of this book.
Narration: Johnny Mack did well with this tale. He seemed to get caught up in the beauty of trout season and that came through in his narration.
This review first appeared on Dab of Darkness.
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