“Side Casts” is a collection of ten pieces written by Hoagy B. Carmichael, some with a historical bent, and others about angling notables that he knew. Included is a biography of rod maker Everett Garrison, and a recounting of how their book, “A Master's Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod,” came into being. There is a piece about several of Salon Phillippe's Easton, Pennsylvania rod making friends, as well as the story of Hoagy's good friend Ed Fody, and his journey to becoming a rod maker of note. A sketch detailing the development of weight forward fly lines is included. There is also a touching memory of Carmichael's last weekend with Stan Bogdan, as well as an unusual three days on the great River Alta in Norway called, “Dries on the Alta.” Why women apparently attract more record Atlantic salmon than men is unscientifically revealed, and the memory of an emotional rain-swept evening with a forty-four pound, gallant Atlantic salmon that was happily released. Finally, Hoagy's early brush with the store in Beverly Hills, Kerr's, known as the “Sports Shop of the Stars,” and its place in Hollywood history rounds out the book. “Side Casts” has ninety unique photos (including one of Elvis in the Kerr's store buying an engraved pistol), and many drawings by the great artist Robert Seaman.
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