Sleuthing out a famous fishing book

May 16, 2013 by John McCoy

I am an unabashed fan of Norman Maclean’s classic book, “A River Runs Through It.”

Not only is the story achingly well written, it centers on a family of fly fishermen. Maclean’s vivid scene-setting helps me imagine what those long-ago scenes on Montana’s Big Blackfoot River must have looked like.

And apparently I’m not the only one.

Other fans of Maclean’s superb novella have made a pastime out of locating the exact spots described in the story simply by matching the written description with features along the river. A reporter for the Missoula, Mont.,- based Missoulian newspaper wrote a fascinating feature story about those angling sleuths. If you’d like to check it out, here’s the link.

One Response to “Sleuthing out a famous fishing book”

  1. Tim says:

    But when I’m alone in the half light of the canyon…

    You are not alone, John.

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend.


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