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The Habit of Rivers

Reflections on Trout Streams and Fly Fishing
Narrated by: Allan Robertson
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
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Summary

Originally published in 1994, this book was a fly-fishing phenomenon in the way Howell Raines' Fly Fishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis was. Taking his fishing hobby to near metaphysical levels, Ted Leeson tells about his passions: rivers, trout, and fly fishing. With wry humor and rare insight, he explores questions that engage most fishermen: What is it about rivers that draws us so irresistibly, and why does fly fishing seem such an aptly suited response? Above all, The Habit of Rivers is about ways of seeing the wonderfully textured world that emanates from a river.

©1994 Ted Leeson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Wow

Listening again 3rd time! Utterly absorbing, beautifully written but most of all absolutely spot on.

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Wonderful book extremely well read.

The narrative flows like the rivers brought to life in this classic. I loved every minute.

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A wonderful description of the essence of angling

Ted Leeson describes the reasons why we go trout fishing better than anyone else I have ever read, even John Gierach! A total joy.

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Wonderful Fly Fishing Read

Simply, superb! The quality of this work should stand head and shoulders up there with mainstream literary prowess, but for the niche topic of fly fishing...

I feel very fortunate that our pastime has been graced with such a work of genius..

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  • Pete
  • 28-06-16

Thank You

Thank you to the authors for putting into words what I can only feel. I think people often wonder why I fish so much and with this book I have some way to answer that is far more elegant then what I can put forth.

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  • Travis
  • 17-03-18

Greatest Book I've Ever Listened To.

Honestly, this is the greatest and most moving book I've ever listened to. It brought back so many memories of my grandfather that upon finishing it tonight I cried. I cried like a bitch. I hope you purchase this audiobooks and listen to it and take in what is said. This book is legitimately deep in meaning and I understand the author completely.

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  • George Phillips
  • 17-07-17

Awesome

This book hits home with ANY dedicated fly fisherman/woman.

No one could possible describe into words our passion as he has.

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  • Steve Hillman MD
  • 20-05-16

The spirit of the thing

Finally. Eloquence and fire in the river of the mind.
This is a truly great listen.

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  • alan
  • 24-05-19

All of John Geirach's books are excellent

If you love fishing you cannot go wrong with John Gierach's books. Loaded with comedy and adventure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-19

Hands Down – The Best Fly Fishing Book

To this day I have not found an author who writes better about the subject of fly fishing than Ted Leeson does in his book The Habit of Rivers. Do yourself a favor and buy this book / audiobook, you'll be glad you did.

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  • Landon Albert
  • 06-07-18

Amazing!

It is a must read for any fly fisherman, especially one who enjoys exquisite words.

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  • N. Thomas Johnson-Medland
  • 06-07-18

Habit of listening

I have listened to this book 5 times. It serves me well when I take my morning and evening hikes. The quality of each word shines forth. Not only is it concise -making William Strunk very happy - it is poetic - which will keep Owen Barfield happy as well. The artistry of the written word in this book attends to integrity in both truth and sound; making it consistent throughout in both content and style. Anyone who writes listens to these words asking, “what will it take for me to write the same sort of lines?” It takes a deep love of all things related to trout and fly fishing, devotion to writing, and writing, and writing again, and I desire to hear beautiful words that paint beautiful pictures within. This gym is a must for any sports man or sports woman who fancies standing chest deep in trout waters a safe and glorious place.

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  • peconicgp
  • 10-05-18

Excellent

Can't believe that it took me this long to get this book. If you fly fish this is a must own. Dont be scared away from reviews about the narrator. Narration isn't perfect but far from bad and even seemed to get better as the book moved on.

Leeson captures the sole of fly fishing in a way that will force a smile on your face with regularity.

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  • Jed Lavoie
  • 09-05-18

great read

If you are a fan a fly fishing, the outdoors, or just fantastic writing, this is a great book for you.