The Believer: A Year in the Fly Fishing Life

S. & S. Audio. Apr. 2024. 6:31 hrs. ISBN 9781797171876. $17.99. SPORTS
In his latest, artist, writer, and set designer Coggins (The Optimist: A Case for the Fly Fishing Life) captures the many faces of fly-fishing—simple, impossible, demanding, beautiful, elegant, ugly, infuriating, cathartic, and glorious, sometimes all within the span of 10 minutes. Narrator Scott Brick accompanies listeners, describing seven remarkable fishing trips that Coggins took over the course of a year. On fishing trips in Scotland, Cuba, Spain, Belize, Argentina, and the United States, Coggins encounters different cultures, customs, and people—kindred spirits and stern teachers alike—as he searches for that elusive moment, so eloquently described by the late Norman Maclean, when a fishing rod and a healthy dose of humility come together. Brick’s engaging narration captures Coggins’s conversational yet reflective tone, describing his observations and realizations with an artifice-free approach. Coggins is by no means a professional flycaster, but this works in his favor, as both anglers and nonanglers will be able to appreciate his candid, humble account.
VERDICT Sure to become a fishing classic, this delightful book might inspire listeners to head out on their own fishing adventures. Share with those who enjoyed Dylan Tomine’s Headwaters or Malachy Tallack’s Illuminated by Water.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing