Anglers Journal

Simply this: the best sporting mag since Ed Gray styarted the “real” Grays in the mid- seventies. Real writers known and unknown– the last interview with Peter Matthiessen– and superb graphics and art. And despite bonefish and other stars of the flats, NOT just fly fishing– commercial fishing even (Matthiessen’s interview accompanied with a cut from his Mens’ Lives, on the last Long Island net fishers); surf casting, offshore fishing…

New and old stuff by Chatham and McGuane and writers you don’t know yet, photos that make you gape with awe, two- page spreads of Meltzoff paintings- the real deal. Now if someone would do one on hunting. I am not holding my breath…

Subscribe here; oddly, no home page I can find yet. This should take you to a digital sample. It reminds me of days long past; below, my Dad (left) on Salt Water Sportsman in ’57.

T. H. White, falconer

Thanks to the efforts of Stacia Novy, with a little help from me and Conor Jameson, Terence Hanbury White, author of The Goshawk and The Once and Future King among many other books, will be recognized as a falconer with a plaque on the wall of remembrance at the Archives of Falconry, at the World center for Birds of Prey in Boise. I wish I could be there.

White has often been dismissed by falconers,who I think judge him for the wrong reasons. He was a better falconer than we think. His fame came from The Goshawk, which I once described as the best book about bad falconry ever written. Its genius was in its honesty about how hard it is to become good at this art; perhaps our uneasiness is because all of us who fly hawks remember being that bad. One of the funniest unpublished things he wrote rings with ironic truth: “As soon as you are in it properly, one falconer cannot tell lies to another.”

He went on to become a member of the BFC, to fly and write about Merlins, to rent a grouse moor and fly Peregrines, and to become, in the end, a pretty good falconer. He deserves to be remembered this way, as a brilliant writer who wrote with real insights about the sport. Maybe some new attention could result in a White revival, and the publishing of his Merlin book and other writings yet unread by the public.