I’ve recently discovered Robert Traver, and thought you might like him too.
Robert Traver is the pen name of Michigan District Attorney and Judge, John Voelkner. He is is an incredible storyteller and his essays make for a bewitching read.
What better way to introduce the man than through his own words?
Testament of a Fisherman
“I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly;
because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape;
because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion;
because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience;
because I suspect men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip;
because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness;
because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there;
because one day I will catch a mermaid;
and, finally not because I regard fishing as being terribly important but because I suspect that so many other concerns of men are equally unimportant – and not nearly so much fun.”
Traver on Fishing by Robert Traver
Paperback, 344 pages