Picks and Pans Review: Distant Waters: the Greatest Fly-Fishing Worldwide

updated 12/15/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

photographed by R. Valentine Atkinson

As the title implies, Distant Waters intends to transport the reader. And that it will, if the reader is a fly fisher at heart. The book offers 12 essays about exotic flyfishing destinations that remain no more than remote fantasies for most of us: superb English chalkstreams filled with finicky brown trout, brawling Russian rivers alive with huge salmon, the flats on Christmas Island haunted by ghostly schools of bone-fish. Our pleasure is enhanced by lush photos and first-rate fishing writers, including Nick Lyons and John Gierach. (Random House, $35)

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