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Fly Fishing the Tidewaters of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay: a Calendar Year of Stories, Spots, and Recipes

Enjoy a thoughtful, rural, & down-to-earth portrait of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay as seen by an avid fly fisherman. From isolated tidal rivers to unexpected spots beneath highway overpasses, each of the 12 stories, organized by the month of the year, offers a unique view of this diverse fishery with the straightforward sensitivity of an old country song.

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Enjoy a thoughtful, rural, and down-to-earth portrait of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay as seen by an avid fly fisherman. From isolated tidal rivers to unexpected spots beneath highway overpasses, each of the 12 stories, organized by the month of the year, offers a unique view of this diverse fishery with the straightforward sensitivity of an old country song.

Along with a thorough examination of the fishery, read about struggles with the economic difficulty of creating a home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore; consider an elegy for a faithful truck; and find an unexpected winter redemption in a pawnshop. Each chapter includes wood cut prints by Danielle Spradley and the vintage photography of A. Aubrey Bodine. The stories are punctuated with old wives’ tales and family recipes. All good fishing yarns provide anglers with insight and useful information, but these stories extend past the fishery of the Chesapeake Bay and into our daily lives.

About the Author:
Brett Gaba
is a writer and fisherman from western Maryland. He was the outdoors columnist for the Star Democrat, the upper Eastern Shore’s daily newspaper, and his pieces on fly fishing have appeared in the the Kent County News, the Bay Times, and the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide.

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