Trout Friends and Other Riff-Raff

Contains a never before published essay, "Trout Flouderers".

In these stories, popular Chicago Tribune outdoor columnist Bill Stokes gives himself over to his true passion, trout fishing. It is an activity, possibly a madness, that moves him, time and again, to stand knee-deep in cold and murky waters, offer himself up to clouds of hungry mosquitoes, and attempt to keep from snagging his line in overhanging limbs while trying to outwit a wily rainbow or brook trout. And then remembering where the car is parked. All trout anglers will, like S [...]

Trout Friends

In these stories, popular Chicago Tribune outdoor columnist Bill Stokes gives himself over to his true passion, trout fishing. It is an activity, possibly a madness, that moves him, time and again, to stand knee-deep in cold and murky waters, offer himself up to clouds of hungry mosquitoes, and attempt to keep from snagging his line in overhanging limbs while trying to outwit a wily rainbow or brook trout. And then remembering where the car is parked. All trout anglers will, like Stephen Born, revel in these evocative and entertaining stories.
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The River Is Us

For years, midwesterners have paged eagerly through the Chicago Tribune, searching for the latest finely wrought piece by nature columnist Bill Stokes. His slice-of-the-season essays are always worth savoring. Sometimes, like tart cherry pie, they are laden with sharp reminders of human shortcomings; at other times, they may remind the reader of sweet, homemade apple pie, filled with flavors and textures of a perfect day.

The River Is Us offers a caliber of writing not often found in daily newspapers - succinct, yet rife with philosophy, nat [...]