BOTWW: A River Never Sleeps Edition

 

What Dylan doesn’t share in this classic BOTWW is that he accidentally pilfered his copy from the library when he was a kid.

December 16th, 2020:  A River Never Sleeps by Roderick Haig-Brown, Crown Publishers

Yes, this is an obvious choice, as classic as exists in flyfishing literature, and my guess is that many of you’ve already read it. But there’s a reason it’s a classic, and why Haig-Brown is thought of so highly: He flat out kicks ass. This book, in particular, gathers all of what’s so good about RHB—the beautiful writing, the heartfelt stories, the deep thinking, and a conservation ethic way ahead of its time—and holds it all together in a month-by-month account of one calendar year. But it doesn’t just cover the “current” events in Haig-Brown’s British Columbia; it goes back and forth through time to memories of childhood adventures in England and his exploration of North America as a young man, which gives it a kind of resonance and beauty that really stand out. So…if you’ve already read it, I recommend rereading it, and if you haven’t, well, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy

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