Tight Lines (Hardcover)

Ten Years of the Yale Anglers' Journal

By James Prosek (Illustrator), Joseph Furia (Editor), Steven Hayhurst (Editor), Alexis Surovov (Editor), David Haltom (Editor), Wyatt Golding (Editor), Joseph Kingsbery

Yale University Press, 9780300126303, 264pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/14/2009)

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Since the first copy of the Yale Anglers Journal appeared in 1996, readers with an interest in fish and fishing have opened the pages of each issue with anticipation and delight. YAJ's founders suspected that others would share their passion for literature and art related to angling; what they had not fully anticipated was the intensity of enthusiasm from readers and writers everywhere. Perhaps they shouldn t have been surprised. Statistics tell us that 35 million Americans regularly fish, and among their numbers are presidents and students, old and young, the famous and the unknown, the busy and the idle.This anthology presents a selection of 50 stories, recollections, essays, and poems featured in the Yale Anglers Journal during its first remarkable decade. Accompanied by original artwork from James Prosek, these writings all celebrate fish and the experience of fishing, yet they could hardly be more diverse. Some evoke a nostalgic earlier time, others vibrate with excitement, and still others offer a humorous view of life's surprises. The contributions come from well-known current writers, little-known newcomers, and even authors of antiquity, such as Homer, who had a thing to say about fishing. Anyone who has felt a line pull tight, or is curious to know why the experience has inspired anglers throughout human history, will want to open the pages of this inviting book. So here is where I came out as I entered my fiftieth year.I believe in a balanced life. I do not want to fish all the time.But I have learned that I am also a person who has to be able to go fishing whenever I can and for as long as I want to go. from Amare O Pescare, by Howell Raines

About the Author

James Prosek and Joseph Furia cofounded the Yale Anglers Journal. Joseph Furia, Steven Hayhurst, Alexis Surovov, David Haltom, Wyatt Golding, and Joseph Kingsbery have served as editors of the journal."

Praise For Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers' Journal

"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

-Thomas McGuane

“What a fresh, varied, and thoughtful anthology this is! It collects the best essays, poems, and stories from the first ten years of the Yale Anglers’ Journal and is like no other basket of fishing-in-print I know. Perhaps its greatest virtue is that it is consistently entertaining.”—From the foreword by Nick Lyons

-Nick Lyons

"One of the finest anthologies of contemporary angling writing I have read in the past 20 years. Tight Lines is full of interesting voices, vivid prose, and wonderfully original takes on the angling passion."—Christopher Camuto, author of A Fly Fisherman''s Blue Ridge, Another Country, and Hunting from Home and Professor of English at Bucknell University

-Christopher Camuto

“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

-Ian Frazier