Not long after my steelhead book, The Color of Winter–Steelhead Fly Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula, was released, I made the routine rounds of fly shops and clubs to sign copies. At one of them, a guy pushed his book across the card table and said, “Most fly fishing books published these does don’t need to be. But yours did. Thank you for writing it.” There were people in line behind him, and I didn’t get a chance to ask him what he meant by the comment. Since the book has more space devoted to Olympic Peninsula wild steelhead conservation issues than how to catch them–which makes it different than most books on steelhead–I assumed that was what he referencing.
That gentleman’s words came to mind recently, when I began to read Chester Allen’s new book, Fly Fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat. That’s because, in addition to being well conceived and professionally written, Chester’s book has arrived at perfect time. It needed to be written. (more…)