NOTES FROM THE SAN JUANS: THOUGHTS ABOUT FLY FISHING AND HOME
Author: Steven J. Meyers
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHING SERVICES, Sep 2013
This book, more than anything else, is a book about place. Centered on the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a range of jagged peaks inhabited by the sometimes equally jagged people of small mountain towns, it is a book about the search for a place to call home, after other homes have been wrecked. 6x9 inches, 144 pgs.
This book, more than anything else, is a book about place. Centered on the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a range of jagged peaks inhabited by the sometimes equally jagged people of small mountain towns, it is a book about the search for a place to call home, after other homes have been wrecked. Steve Meyers, a transplanted easterner, speaks for tens of thousands of younger people who have searched for a way of life outside of the homogenizing pressures of contemporary American society. His search led him to the San Juans and he writes with extraordinary warmth and depth about a way of life that has become increasingly rare and a region that has managed to maintain its startling beauty and idiosyncrasies; and he writes movingly about a father who vanished and about personal loss and about triumph. Throughout the book, wild trout and colorful people appear as comfortable residents of this relatively remote region in which the act of fly fishing seems as natural as eating and sleeping. Ultimately Notes from the San Juans is the story of a man who has been seduced by the pleasures of the mountains and the joys of fly fishing and bright mountain streams?but it is also very much a story of human values and courage and hard-won joy.
?This haunting book is as much about home as it is about fishing. Meyers knows about loss and discovery, and why some of us choose to live in those harsh beautiful places far from the mass-market distractions of coastal civilization.? ?Stephen J. Bodio (author, book reviewer)
?Quite a few can write authentically, authoritatively, and well on the sport of fly-fishing. Some can even sensitively evoke the fly fishing experience itself. But Steve Meyers has precious little competition among fishing writers when it comes to giving spirit to the spirit of place, the discovery of self, and the essential mystery of meaning.?
?Gary Soucie (former Senior Editorial Staff, National Geographic)
?From his pursuit of native trout as an expert fly fisherman to his glorious discovery of those who share the mountains with him, Meyers? descriptions and observations on nature and mankind are masterful and smart. My hunch is that what Haig-Brown became to the Northwest, Meyers may well become to the San Juans.? ?David Seybold (author)