Thomas McGuane on Small Streams

May 22, 2012 By: Marshall Cutchin

One of the remarkable things about Thomas McGuane’s fishing writing is that you can return to something of his years after you first read it, read it again, and marvel all over again at the clarity of thought it contains.  We had this experience re-reading the first chapter of The Longest Silence, an extraordinary book of essays that may be the finest collection of pure angling writing by a single author.  This week we excerpt a portion a that chapter, “Small Streams in Michigan.”  We challenge you to read it without wanting to go grab a 3-weight.