Upriver and Downstream gathers seventy columns about fishing—from freshwater to saltwater, from small ponds to the Great Lakes, from the Pacific Northwest to post-Soviet Russia—written for the “Outdoors” column of the New York Times.
Contributors include such celebrated names as Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, Nelson Bryant, Peter Kaminsky, Ernest Schweibert, and Robert H. Boyle. Short, evocative, informative, and entertaining, here are pieces about fly-fishing for wild brook trout, bait-fishing for striped bass, casting into tailwaters, or angling in midwinter. The settings range from Hudson River piers to the Florida Everglades, from Iceland to the Amazon, and the fish include everything from the common sunfish to the esoteric paddlefish. These engaging essays remind us of what fishing is all about: companionship and solitude, challenge and relaxation, nature and technology, from coast-to-coast to around the globe.
Rich with the particulars of water, light, and air, as well as a keen awareness of, as Verlyn Klinkenborg puts it in his introduction, “what is happening out there—in the deep, in the shallows, at the end of the line,” these reflections and recollections beautifully capture the natural world and one of life’s most challenging, perennial pursuits.
About the Author
STEPHEN SAUTNER is an avid outdoorsman and has contributed to the "Outdoors" column of the New York Times since 1994.
Glenn Wolff grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. He studied printmaking at Northwestern Michigan College, and received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His career began as an illustrator for such clients as the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Central Park Conservancy, and the New York Zoological Society. In 1987 he returned to Northern Michigan, concentrating on fine art and book illustration. Glenn's mixed media fine art has been shown throughout the United States and Canada, and is included in numerous private and public collections.
Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of "The Last Fine Time, Making Hay, " and the forthcoming "Becoming a Hand: A True Life Among Horses." His articles have appeared in many magazines, including "The New Yorker, Harper's, Audubon, Smithsonian, " and "The New Republic." He teaches creative writing at Harvard University.