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  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781612199016
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 364
  • RRP: $39.99
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Trout Water

A Year on the Au Sable



An elegiac memoir about fly-fishing on America’s greatest trout stream…

At the beginning of trout fishing season, Josh Greenberg — proprietor of one of the nation’s most famous fishing outfitters, on America’s most iconic trout-fishing stream, the Au Sable River in Michigan — is struggling to cope with the slow death of a close friend. When he gets the call that his friend has finally passed, Greenberg is standing in the Au Sable River at dusk.

The solace he takes from fishing — from reading the movement of the river water, studying the play of the light, and relying on his knowledge of insect and fish life — prompts him to reflect on the impact of the natural world on his life in his fisherman’s journal.

Over the course of a year, the journal transcends fishing notes to include some beautifully lyrical nature writing, entertaining stories of the big one that got away, cheerful introspection about a love that’s hard to explain, and yes, a tip or two.

Eventually, Josh Greenberg realizes he hasn’t been all alone in the woods, not really. Much of his relationship with his family and friends has played out on the river. And as he catches — and releases — trout after trout back into one of the most beautiful rivers in America, Greenberg comes to help us realize, too, that there’s more to fishing than catching fish.

  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781612199016
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 364
  • RRP: $39.99
Categories:

Praise for Trout Water

“In this luminous, limpid journal/memoir, Josh Greenberg has given Michigan’s legendary Au Sable River a pulse and presence in language that is at once clear and immediate, informative and educational, lyrical and transcendent, like the river itself. This is fly-fishing literature of the first order––a classic for our time–– and should be on every angler’s shelf.” —Bob DeMott, Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing, and Angling Days

Bob DeMott, Astream

Josh Greenberg shares with us a heart warming and contemplative celebration of water, the fish that swim in it, and friends and family, both past and present, that have revolved around it. —Barry Ord Clarke, author of The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques

Barry Ord Clarke, Barry Ord Clarke

There are two fly fishing authors I seek when looking for a great read. The first is John Gierach—probably one of the most popular crossover fly fishing authors of all time. The second is my friend, Josh Greenberg—the best fly fishing author many people may not have heard of. That is, at least for now. Josh’s writing is for anyone (fisher or non-fisher) who enjoys a great read, and his prose is simply amazing—and so is his new book, Trout Water: A Year on the AuSable. —George Daniel, author of Dynamic Nymphing, Strip Set, and Nymph Fishing

George Daniel, George Daniel

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