Larry Koller

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Bamboo&Brookies
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Larry Koller

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A few weeks ago we stopped by a local used bookstore with a huge variety of titles.

Of course, I wandered over to the sporting section and looked over the angling titles.

I picked up 'The Treasury of Angling' by Larry Koller for twelve bucks.

This is a great book and it reminded me what a fine writer Larry Koller is.

For instance, here Mr. Koller is holding forth on brook trout:

"The brook trout, in itself, is a thing of rare beauty. Shiny and smooth, with no visible scales, its colors are at once subtle and vivid. The age-old phrase among fishermen, 'bloom of trout' was born of the brook trout. For here are nature's colors: the pink of the wild rose, the yellow of the adder's tongue, the green of ferns, the white of dogwood, the blue of the sweet flag. His spawning red and rows of red spots match the cardinal's hue in brilliance.

"He is now, and always has been, a fish of clear, clean, cool waters, a child of the wilderness..."


Anyway, Koller's command of the language, poetic turn of phrase and deep understanding of his subject -- Catskill brookies in this case -- make for a great read.

Rob J.
Give a man a fly rod, a shotgun and a bird dog and he'll never be worth a d*mn.
-Old New England saying

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Re: Larry Koller

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That is good...he writes like you Rob! CJ
"Gentlemen,remove your hats,this is it"
"This is where the trout was invented?"
"Oh he existed in a crude,primitive form in Waltons England"
"But this is where they painted spots on him and taught him to swim"

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Re: Larry Koller

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Koller is a fine writer Rob... I have a couple of his books, this also and Taking Larger Trout... we might have the same attraction to this author--- the Neversink...

Ed

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Re: Larry Koller

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Thanks, fellas.

Ed, you are correct, Mr. Koller was a Neversink devotee.

In 'Taking Larger Trout' and 'The Treasury of Angling,' I can recognize some of the photos of the pools he's fishing. And they hold trout to this day!

Rob
Give a man a fly rod, a shotgun and a bird dog and he'll never be worth a d*mn.
-Old New England saying

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Re: Larry Koller

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A fine write up after Mr. Koller's passing in 1967:

http://bit.ly/WmAOoD
Give a man a fly rod, a shotgun and a bird dog and he'll never be worth a d*mn.
-Old New England saying

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Re: Larry Koller

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One of my favorite hunting books is Kollers Shots at Whitetails... It is filled with hunting stories from the 40s-60s, All based in the Catskills.. His writing always brings me back to my my Catskill deer woods... I need to pick up one of his fishing books..
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Re: Larry Koller

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If I remember right, Mr Koller's ashes swere spread by friends on the Neversink...

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