Ernest Hemingway is a very famous writer, he won a Nobel price for his works in 1954. Many fly fishermen feel attracted to this writer because it is known that Ernest used a flyrod every now and then. In his adventure stories it is always the person of “Nick Adams” who does the fishing. Big Two Hearted River is probably the best known fishing story and many fishermen have been -and still are- looking for this “hot spot”. The explanation of their lack of success is to be found in the wonderful autobiography of his son, Jack.
Jack Hemingway, nicknamed; “Bumby” by his father, appears to be a much more enthusiastic fly fisherman (and maybe a better one ) than his famous father. (Jack died in 2000) That get’s clear as soon as you read his book Misadventures Of A Fly Fisherman because you have to be “pretty mad about fishing” if you tie a fly rod to your standard gear when you get dropped behind enemy lines during the Second World War…..
Personally I find his book easy to read and very amusing. The stories take you to all corners of the world and it is finally a book which is not completely dedicated to fly fishing only. Besides, you can find all kind of interesting details about the lifestyle and behavior of his father Ernest, details which you will never find in any other work ever written about him. All kind of famous people like actors, writers, politicians and others are mentioned, something which comes naturally being a son of such a father. But Jack Hemingway doesn’t make the mistake of making his book simply a long list of those people. Personally I find Jack Hemingway to be a very pleasant and flexible writer and his style is, luckily, not as “somber” as his father sometimes was.
Being a keen fly fisherman and an ardent admirer of (some of) Ernest Hemingway’s works, I find Misadventures Of A Fly Fisherman a true asset to my book collection. My copy is a very nice hard back and the 30 page’s of black and white photo’s (mostly out of the Hemingway family records) make it a very complete work. I do not know if the book is still in print but it surely is worth to find out. (The ISBN No. is 0-87833-379-7)