Ron P. Swegman

Small Fry: The Lure of the Little

Small Fry: The Lure of the Little

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Philadelphia on the Fly

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Small Fry: The Lure of the Little
Small Fry: The Lure of the Little is a literary study of small fish and small waters, a survey of fly fishing literature, and a personal memoir contrasting youthful fishing stories with contemporary angling adventures. The author’s search for small fry on the fly takes him to places as remote as the small streams in the Appalachian Mountains and as urban as the ponds in Manhattan’s Central Park. Laced with the humor and the poetry of experience, Small Fry reveals why “the lure of the little” is a passion worth catching.

Philadelphia on the Fly...


Philadelphia on the Fly
Philadelphia on the Fly is the first book of prose by a Pennsylvania poet and fly-fisher. An urban angler reveals a surprising fact: good fishing -- and adventure -- can be found a bike ride away within the city limits of the nation's first capital. A tale told in poetic prose, this is a practical, lyrical, all-American fish story.

Quote from the publisher ...

"It's not often that a really great book of essays crosses my desk, so when I read this one, I could not pass it up. While these stories happen to take place in Philadelphia, they capture the heart and soul of fly-fishing and will be enjoyed by anglers everywhere. From catching the first trout of the year to performing fish CPR; from being outfished by a kingfisher to the loss of a treasured net, the tales told in this book are clever and entertaining. If you're a fan of John Gierach, then allow me to introduce you to ron P. swegman, a shining example of the next generation of angling writers."

-- Frank W. Amato