Today’s edition of Fish Untamed Reads covers an epic story of revenge and forgiveness, another thru-hike, and a book to keep you dreaming about your next fly fishing destination trip.
1. The Revenant by Michael Punke
Regardless of your opinion on the movie with Leo DiCaprio, The Revenant is the exciting based-on-true-events historical novel about Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who was mauled by a grizzly and left for dead by his companions. The book covers his journey to survive the wilds of the Upper Missouri River watershed to make it back to those who abandoned him. There have been questions over the years as to how accurate Hugh Glass’s tale is, as he didn’t write it himself. While the famous account is one of revenge, that is most likely an embellishment for a good story. Instead, Glass did not kill those who abandoned him, and the true story of The Revenant would more appropriately be considered a tale of forgiveness.
2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Another book attached to a well-known movie, Wild is the story of Cheryl Strayed’s solo-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT. As opposed to A Walk in the Woods, which I mentioned in the last edition of Fish Untamed Reads, Wild is not a particularly light or comedic work. After losing her mother and her marriage, Strayed was looking for something more. This is the classic “thru-hike-to-find-yourself” story, and Strayed does a great job of making you feel both her pain and her achievements. It’s hard to come away from this one without feeling inspired.
3. Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die by Chris Santella
As anglers, we spend a lot of time daydreaming about where we’d like to fish someday. Luckily, there’s a book for that, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. This isn’t so much of a read-through as it is a coffee table or bedside book: perfect for reading one or two listings at a time. As the title suggests, the book lists 50 awesome fly fishing destinations that would please any angler. Some are remote, “someday” destinations like Christmas Island, while others are, for some, right in the backyard, like the Gunnison River in CO. Each destination has a suggested species to target (although many offer more than what’s listed), the best time to go, accommodation recommendations, equipment suggestions, and more. There are also plenty of photos to keep you dreaming as you go.
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