Everyone who fly fishes plans at least one trip to a river he or she has dreamed of fishing. The river may have been featured in a magazine article or presented at a sports show. Big trout caught in the featured river are pictured and the ease with which they are caught is stressed.
Many fishing guides and lodge owners write articles about rivers where they work, often embellishing the truth and minimizing the efforts required to learn the river's secrets and to fool its wary fish. In addition, they usually fail to include facts about the rivers that might affect their livelihood. In articles written by others, the technical aspects of fishing a river are usually featured rather than the emotions it generated, its history, the interesting people who lived along it, and the anglers who cherished it and developed techniques on it; nor do they include places to stay and nearby activities non-fishing companions might enjoy. More importantly, the authors are typically not storytellers, and the material is presented to inform rather than to entertain.
If these dream rivers are part of your future fishing plans, or if you're just interested in learning about them and enjoying some good stories, many of which are embedded in lots of angling lure, enabling readers to come away with many useful techniques to capture trout, you'll like Dream Destinations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Mordock was born in 1938 in Cumberland, Maryland at the same time as his father started the first yacht club on Western Marylands' Deep Creek Lake, now a noted two-story fishery mentioned in John's book, Fly Fishing Two-Story Lakes and Reservoirs. John moved to Northfield, Illinois, north of Chicago, in his youth, where his father taught him to fly fish and he grew up canoeing and fishing Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes and rivers. His grandfather, Charles T. Mordock, who lived two blocks west of Lake Michigan, also fly fished Mid-Western waters, as well as those in Utah when he visited his brother, William, who lived in Salt Lake City, and in California when he visited his daughter, Kay, who married James D. Adams, a lawyer who also fly fished. John's grandfather was either a frequent guest or a member of the Coleman Lake Club, the first fly fishing organization in the Mid-West, and his Uncle Jim was a member of the Golden Gate Anglers and Casters Club, and outgrowth of the San Francisco Fly Casters Club. His Uncle Jim took John and his cousins on a pack trip to fish for trout in California's High Sierra, above Yosemite Park, when John was approaching his teens. As a teenager, John also fished Northern California's Klamath River with his relatives.
The only period when John hasn't fly fished since he took up the sport was when in Hawaii surfing, snorkeling, and completing his doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology, which included courses in animal behavior. His graduate studies made him skeptical of claims unsupported by empirical data, a condition that characterizes much of the lure about fishing and which led to his book, Capturing Rogue Trout. John moved from Hawaii to Pennsylvania in 1966, where he fished in the Poconos, and then in 1969 to New York, where he fished, and continues to fish, in the Catskills and Adirondacks. In the early 1970s, John joined Trout Unlimited and the Batten Kill Flyfishers, a group of 10 anglers owning riverside property on the Batten Kill, a wild trout stream up until recently. Since 1975, John has made a summer trip to major Western rivers, with his last 10 trips to Calgary's Bow River and nearby streams.