Fly Fishing Book Excerpt: Castwork

December 12, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

Some of the most evocative fly fishing books — at least in our library — combine fine and inventive writing with raw but eloquent photographs. One example is Thomas McGuane’s and Charles Lindsay’s Upstream. Two more would be Andrew Steketee’s and Kirk Deeter’s books about fly fishing guides. We excerpted their saltwater book in late summer. Now we’re happy to be able to show you a chapter of their book about trout guides, Castwork, illustrated with photographs by Liz Steketee.
“Rusty Vorous” is one of many remarkably insightful profiles in the book, but we picked it because we’ve had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of Rusty’s quotable observations and brilliant instruction. The words and images capture not just the man but the land and water that have shaped his unique personality.