Fish stories have a bad reputation, in part because of the distance between the raw solitude of the experience and the sociable telling of the tale. As with no other genre, the reader/listener must be willing to suspend disbelief and enter the reflective mind of another human being as it focuses on its solitary goal.
"Fishing is really a catalyst for sharing what you're working out, or to simply tell a good tale," Prosek writes in the preface. Selections include essays by Jimmy Carter ("Fishing With My Daddy"), the dean of all angler-writers, Howell Raines ("Amare O Pescare"), and Steven Rinella, author of the hilarious "The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine" ("Jealous Fisherman Bares Soul"), plus several poems on fishing by W.B. Yeats. Scattered throughout are a few (not nearly enough) paintings by Prosek, whose work will outlive us all and then some.
“This is the liveliest collection of angling (and angling-related) pieces I have read in a long time. And we can be confident that James Prosek''s wonderful watercolors, included as a bonus here, will be a part of the sport permanently".
—Ian Frazier, author of The Fish's Eye
“The Yale Anglers Journal is a triumph of literacy and enthusiasm, a combination rarely seen these days".
—Thomas McGuane, author of The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing