If you're tired of reading the same old themes when it comes to fishing and hunting books, here's a title you'll find refreshing as an October breeze.
Farewell, Old Girl and Other Stories of The Great Outdoors, (Herald Publishing Co., LLC, Syracuse, N.Y.; 128 pages) features 30 of the best newspaper columns by J. Michael Kelly, a popular outdoors writer from the Syracuse area. Before retiring, Kelly spent 36 years on the reporting staff of The Syracuse Newspapers, the last 16 as the full-time outdoors scribe at The Post Standard. As a part-time freelancer, he has sold more than 2,000 magazine articles and earned numerous writing awards, including an incredible 23 first-place honors for his newspaper and magazine columns and features in the New York State Outdoor Writers Association.
Although Syracuse may be a bit outside the foucs area of most The Fisherman readers, Kelly's writing crosses county lines as easily as any trout creek with material to which any hunter or fisherman can relate. He writes with crispness, authority and honesty while covering everything from stream fishing for brookies to directly answering a letter from an anti-hunter.
The fishing passages will make you feel as though you are wading knee-deep beside the author while the tales of days afield with bird dogs, friends and family will tug at your heart. This book is a fine example of writing done right.
Cost: $13.95. Available from the author at 4445 Dublin Road, Marcellus, N.Y.