In The Fish's Eye, Frazier explores his lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world. He sees the angler's environment all around him—in New York's Grand Central Station, in the cement-lined pond of a city park, in a shimmering bonefish flat in the Florida keys, in the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains. He marvels at the fishing in the turbid Ohio River by downtown Cincinatti, where a good bait for catfsh is half a White Castle french fry. The incidentals of the angling experience, the who and the where of it, interest this beloved New Yorker contributor and author as much as what he catches and how.
The essays collected in this book—including Frazier's famous profile of master angler Jim Deren, late proprietor of the Angler's Roost, a New York tackle store—afford many sharply focused observations of the American outdoors, a place filled with human alterations and detritus that somehow remains defiantly unruined. Frazier's simple love of the sport inspires one straight-ahead angling description after another; the prose in The Fish's Eye ranks with the best contemporary writing on this subject.
Bringing together twenty years of heartfelt, funny, and vivid essays on a timeless pursuit where so many mysteries, both human and natural, coincide, this book "deserves a place in every tackle box in every creek bank in America" (San Francisco Examiner).