With this cold weather and some time off for the holidays, the evenings have been great to catch up on some reading. A couple nights ago I picked up a new book from Stonefly Press called 'My Life in Fishing: Favorite Long Stories Told Short' by Stu Apte.
I have never met Stu and living in the heart of the Ozarks, we don't have many tarpon! But I love reading about legends such as Stu. I have found over the years that some of these guys have met some great people and have even better stories to tell about these people and the experiences that they have had. This book is just that and is a great read for anyone who shares a passion for the sport and the stories that surround it.
After reading the foreword, acknowledgments, back cover, and looking at the pictures, I started in on Chapter One. The next thing I knew I was 20 chapters into the book. The short stories are perfect for Stu to reflect the trips he has taken, the records, the fish, and of course the people that he has met through fishing. The stories are the right length with numerous material to keep your attention and be fully entertained. As I read the stories, I found myself pausing and gazing out the window in thought of similar great experiences I have had that some of Stu's short stories reminded me of. No, I have not met many of the great people that Stu has met but my experiences of meeting many people through fly fishing are just as great in my mind and I thoroughly enjoyed the 'reminders' of some of my great times that I had an opportunity to reflect on and times that I will never forget.
I guess I never really stopped to think about it but many of the numerous books I own are short story format. I guess it is one of my favorite formats.
As I write this review, I have a couple chapters remaining. Something Stu mentioned just a moment ago in one of the last chapters made me think about an experience I had earlier in my life. As I gazed out the window, I caught a great glimpse of a full moon rising low on the horizon on this 15 degree night. Full moon on a 15 degree night....I have seen this moon before and it too reminds me of past experiences.
I personally would like to thank Stu Apte for taking the time to relive these short stories and share them with us. He truly is one of the great people in the fishing industry. Reading this book was a pleasure and an added benefit of bringing back some great memories of my own.