Fly Fishing Books as Collectibles

June 26, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

I noticed last night that Alibris.com is selling signed copies of Thomas McGuane’s “Live Water” (Meadow Run Press, 1996) for prices ranging from $149.95 to $1499.95. There were only 1500 printed. It is certainly one of Mr. McGuane’s more personal books. In the introduction, he writes that after his father died he was invited to fish the Content Keys by his father’s best friend. The following conversation ensued:
“Uncle Ben, was my father a good fisherman?”
“No, Tommy, he was not. But no one loved it more.”