Flycaster Who Tried
to Make Peace with the World
By Randy Kadish
New in April
2006! This philosophical new novel looks at an age-old question - why
are we here? - through the story of one Ian MacBride, a young man
dealing with grief and shock after returning from the killing fields
of World War I. Eventually moving to the Beaverkill River, he retreats
into the world of fly fishing. Even as he confronts new losses, Ian
finds comfort in the practice of his beloved sport of fly casting,
where he begins to see the ideal form as a metaphor for the ideals for
a higher power. A novel of loss, faith and coming to terms,
"Flycaster" is infused with the history of fly fishing, fly
casting and, above all, the beauty and spirituality of both.
272 pages, soft cover.
with the world. Sooner
or later most of us have to. But how?
MacBride, his way begins almost accidentally when, in 1909, he watches
a fly-casting tournament in New York’s Central Park, and begins to
dream of becoming a great fly caster.
But soon Ian
experiences personal tragedy, and then is appalled by the unexpected
slaughter of World War I.
into the world of fly fishing, and meets unforgettable anglers like:
Doc, a Civil War veteran, who tells how, after he enlisted in return
for drinking money, he was changed by the horror of war; Izzy, a
mysterious immigrant, who teaches Ian perhaps the most important
lesson of long-distance fly casting; and George M. L. La Branche who,
though torn by self-doubt, writes the book that revolutionizes fly
help to change Ian’s hopes and values. Though his father questions
his courage, Ian decides to become a teacher instead of a lawyer, and
moves near the beautiful Beaverkill River, the birthplace of fly
fishing in America.
still follows him. Torn by grief, he curses the world and loses faith
in it – until, almost by accident, he finds a way to come to terms.
answer will surprise you.
is an outdoor writer and avid angler who has spent countless hours
experimenting with long-distance fly casting techniques. For this
novel he extensively researched the history of flyfishing,
particularly on the famed Beaverkill River during the golden era of
the early 1900s. "Flycaster" is his first novel, but his
short stories and articles have been appeared in many publications,
including Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Fishing And
Hunting News and Sweden's Rackelhanen fly fishing magazine. Much of
Randy’s writing is about the techniques of spin and fly casting, and
about the spirituality/recovery of fly fishing.
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