The Philosophical Fisherman Author:Harold F. Blaisdell A number of years ago Harold F. Blaisdell wrote the best-selling "Tricks That Take Fish", perhaps the most completely practical, down-to-earth manual on everyday fishing ever written. His new book, "The Philosophical Fisherman", is totally different and no less fascinating. It is, as the title suggests, speculative; and it is somewhat unconventi... more »onal and debunking. For here Mr. Blaisdell is primarily interested in drawing attention to some of the complexities of the sport, and it is his often provocative method to seize on one or another truism quoted by fishermen the world over and to show it up as a fallacy, or, at the very least, as in need of serious qualifications.
For instance, the author gives a well reasoned refutation of the widely held theory that game fish attack artificial lures because they believe them to be bait fish. He contends also that fish do not fear leaders per se, but become alarmed only if the leader results in the unnatural behavior of the bait or lure. He argues that the vaunted effectiveness of the artificial nymph as a successful lure for trout is largely imaginary. He points out that intelligent fishing is less a matter of acquiring identifiable skills than learning to know fish in the full range of their sensitivities. And contrary to usual opinion, he argues that the average angler across the country can almost invariably find superb fishing within an hour's drive of his home.
The book includes rewarding sections on wet and dry fly fishing, bait fishing, lures and tackle, trout, smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, walleye perch, and northern pike. The is an exciting account of a fishing trip deep into Labrador in quest of salmon and the exotic arctic char, and an eloquent description of early-season spring fishing in Lake Champlain.
Rich in personal anecdotes, dry humor, abundant common sense, and perspicacious commentary, "The Philosophical Fisherman" is the perfect gift for the angler, beginner and expert alike, who is interested in the deeper varieties of fishing and its lasting fascination for man.« less