Cushing's admitted 18 year infatuation with this stream is thoughtfully recounted in this book. Drawing from journals he kept, the author has reconstructed each visit, recounts events, friends, and the fishing. He writes in an easy and conversational style. Through his recollections of events, the author shares with you his infatuation with Kelly Creek.
Join "Cush" and his friends as they get to know Kelly Creek. Play tag with a moose. Watch river otters cavort in a crystal green pool. Temp finicky trout one year and catch more fish than you can count the next. Share a camp fire and a gourmet meal with close friends and feel the loss as one old friend does not return. This is fascinating reading about fly fishing for wild cutthroat trout in a pristine stream. Through his recollections of events, the author shares with you his infatuation with Kelly Creek. Long before you finish reading this thoughtful book, you will be smitten too.
What do you do when you encounter a moose standing where you want to fish? How enrapturing is the sight of river otters playing in an emerald-green pool? How thrilling, and disappointing, is the sight of a bear swimming through a pool just as you were about to fish it? This book is rich in stories that made this stream so special...favorite flies, good friends, and beautiful countryside.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colbert E. Cushing is a retired stream ecologist; he writes in an easy, conversational style without trying to impress the reader with scientific jargon and Latin names of insects. He recently co-authored the book Streams: Their Ecology and Life, a book explaining stream ecology and biota for the general reader, particularly anglers, naturalists, and conservationists.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
The author first told me about Kelly Creek and, as he puts it in his beautiful book, his unabashed love affair of 18 years, when he gave me a ride to a scientific meeting in Montana. We talked about science and life, but most of all we talked about rivers and trout fishing; there was pleasure in his eyes. I've never been to Kelly Creek, but I think I know a lot about this special place. The author is a recognized scientist, but he doesn't try to impress the reader with a lot of Latin names of insects; in fact, there aren't any! In this book are nearly two decades of memories of friends, of particularly good stream days, and everything associated with those good days - not just fish. So, here's to Kelly Creek and here's to the Kelly Creeks we all search for. --Dave Penrose, Aquatic Ecologist
Cushing's admitted 18 year infatuation with this stream is thoughtfully recounted in this book. Drawing from journals he kept, the author has reconstructed each visit, recounts events, friends, and the fishing. He writes in an easy and conversational style. Sharing his memories will bring back those of your own Kelly Creek, past friends, and good times. All anglers have them and it does us good to recall them from time to time. Cushing knows Kelly Creek and he misses it. --Austin Condon, U.S. Forest Service (retired) and angler
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colbert E. Cushing is a retired stream ecologist and avid fly fisherman. He has studied streams throughout the United States and Canada, including Alaska. He recently co-authored the popular book Streams: Their Ecology and Life to help anglers, naturalists, conservationists, and other interested laymen understand how streams and rivers function. He lectures widely to fly fishing clubs and student/teacher groups and teaches summer courses in stream ecology at Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National parks.