McGuane on Tarpon

May 3, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

Here’s a quintessential tale spun around Thomas McGuane’s most recent tarpon season, complete with lost lines, snoring guides and too-fast skiffs. As usual, McGuane tells it like it really is: “Why is it so thrilling? Why is it incomparably thrilling? It’s the contest joined, but it’s also a kind of euphoric admiration and—this is risky—it feels like love. You watch your fish and you are filled with admiration, transported by beauty—isn’t that love? It was in high school!” In Field & Stream.