Excerpts from the Book

On selecting a guide:

“Being fly fishermen, we need a special sort of a guide. We need someone with an expensive flats boat, a poling platform, a push pole made of rare-earth metals, and a stash of Sage and Loomis rods that have been hand-polished by Cal Tech Ph.D. candidates. We need someone whose daily tariff for putting all these material goods at our disposal is equal to the annual income of a moderately prosperous Vietnamese village. We also need someone who will not guffaw and injure himself, falling off the poling platform when Jim or I make what we refer to as a “cast.” …. Snookin’.com

On fishing for bonefish:

“Bonefishing is a team sport. There is you, your fishing companion, and the guide. You are there to cast at the bonefish, avoiding stepping on your fly line, hooking the fly on your pants or falling into the boat well. Your companion is there to lounge about, make abusive comments, and fetch the beer out of the cooler. The guide is there to pole the boat for hours, find bonefish, advise the paying cargo where the bonefish are, position the boat so you have wind and sun to your liking, and then stifle a groan when you line the fish.”….Foreword to You’ll Need a Guide

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