The Nerds had a great time on their fishing podcast talking with Skyhorse Press Author Jerry Hamza about his new book “Outdoor Chronicles: True Tales of a Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing. Jerry discussed the challenges of being an outdoor writer, what it’s like to fish with George Carlin and how he felt about the movie “A River Runs Through It”. Dave does a dramatic reading of a short excerpt from the book and the guys challenge the writer during one of their world famous fish quizzes.
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“We hold a great affection for the deep tradition of American storytelling. The ability to spin a yarn that can hold our attention and provide a gentle direction for life is something that has been with us for a long time. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain or Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories hold us with their gentle wit and carry us away for just a little while. In Outdoor Chronicles, Jerry Hamza takes up the gauntlet of the storyteller to take readers away for a little fun. There are already plenty of how-to fishing and outdoor books, and this is not one. Hamza’s stories will not make you a better caster or shooter, but they will make you want to spend more time fishing or hunting.
This book is a collection of outdoor stories wrapped in the human condition. They were written with an eye toward honesty and cynicism. They will make you laugh out loud, and you will want to carry them with you wherever you go. If this book goes missing, it’s a sure thing that, when you do find it, it will be in the possession of a member of your household, regardless of their interest in casting a fly. The stories cover the gamut from a fishing trip to northern Canada to a little stream that was actually better than remembered, to how the baby boomers almost trampled a sport to death, to a solitary trek along railroad tracks during a cold, dark, and dreary February, and many more.”
Jerry Hamza Biography
Jerry Hamza has spent decades putting himself in positions to live an outdoor life. For thirty years he was part of the management and good friend to legendary comedian George Carlin. During this time he traveled to every inch of North America, hunting and fishing the whole way. Jerry was elected president of the Cat Fanciers’ Association and traveled the whole world, fly fishing and hunting on every continent except Antarctica. Jerry was awarded Fly Rod & Reel’s Robert Traver Award in 2014.
Dave’s Top Three Fishing Lit Picks
- Trout Reflections: A Natural History of the Trout and Its World, David Carroll, 1996
- The River Why, David James Duncan, 1983
- The Founding Fish, John McPhee, 2002
Clay’s Top Three Fishing Lit Picks
- A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean, 1976
- The Longest Silence, Thomas McGuane, 1999
- Fishing for Buffalo: A Guide to the Pursuit, Lore and Cuisine of Buffalo, Carp, Mooneye, Gar and Other “Rough, Rob Buffler, 1990
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