Song of the Reel


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“It is not all of fishing to fish.”

– Izaak Walton
The Compleat Angler

George Frederick Clarke had an unwavering and well-practiced philosophy of fishing. He never tired of repeating Izaak Walton’s famous saying and he delighted in spelling out exactly what it means.

He begins the story in his previous book, Six Salmon Rivers, and brings it to full expression in Song of the Reel. The pinnacle of feeling to which Song of the Reel rises as it surrounds fishing with the beauty of New Brunswick’s rivers and the deep forest landscape, as well as the pleasures of companionship and great story telling, leave no doubt that fishing is about much more than catching fish. You don’t have to be a fisherman to enjoy these books.

With stories of river adventures, wilderness solace, the camaraderie of camping, as well as fishing, Dr. Clarke spins together the lines of description and feeling that puts the “much more” in the picture. He plays out his memoires of a long life in the Saint John River Valley in a way that is a salute to the land and people he loved so well. He offers firm evidence of what it means to have a grateful heart and satisfied mind. We can imagine he would say with Thoreau, “I dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.”

With Six Salmon Rivers and Song of the Reel, Dr. Clarke has given us two of the finest renditions of what it means to say, “It is not all of fishing to fish.”

George Frederick Clarke (1883-1974) was the author of thirteen books and dozens of short stories. He lived in Woodstock, NB. Mary Bernard is Clarke’s granddaughter and biographer. She is the editor of the George Frederick Clarke Project, which is republishing his books.

George Frederick Clarke (1883-1974) was a man of the St. John River valley and a true romantic. He wanted to be a writer, and a writer he became, against great odds, and created a body of work as full of adventure and romance as his own life. But he himself was as extraordinary as anything he wrote, full of contradictions: a romantic i...
Title:Song of the ReelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Chapel Street EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1988299039

ISBN - 13:9781988299037

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Table of Contents

ContentsEditor's PrefaceiList of Illustrations ixSources of Illustrations xiiiForewordxv Chapter I1 Chapter II11 Chapter III17 Chapter IV23 Chapter V31 Chapter VI53 Chapter VII57 Chapter VIII69Photographs: Part One77 Chapter IX91 Chapter X101 Chapter XI109 Chapter XII117 Chapter XIII133 Chapter XIV145Photographs: Part Two153 Chapter XV167 Chapter XVI179 Chapter XVII187 Chapter XVIII199 Chapter XIX207 Chapter XX209 Chapter XXI223 Chapter XXII235 Chapter XXIII259 Chapter XXIV265Afterword271Index277