Blue Lines

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60639-024-5
Author: Tom Reed
Pages: 176

Blue Lines:

A Fishing Life

by Tom Reed

Blue Lines is about fishing small streams in the Rocky Mountain West. It follows one man's life from Colorado childhood streams to Montana high country creeks. Blue Lines is filled with superbly told fishing stories, and it shows us fishing as a healer, fishing as common ground between adversaries, and fishing as a way to escape the travails of the mundane.


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About the Author

Tom Reed

A life-long Westerner, Tom Reed is the author of two books. In 2003, he wrote Great Wyoming Bear Stories, a work compiled through dozens of personal interviews with people whose lives had been changed — positively and negatively — by Wyoming bruins.

Most recently, he wrote Give Me Mountains For My Horses, a collection of essays about horses that Reed has owned in his lifetime.

The personal essays follow Reed’s evolution as a horseman, with a particular emphasis on wild Wyoming country and good equine companionship. Both books were published by Riverbend Publishing, Helena, Montana. His fiction and nonfiction work has also appeared in several anthologies. Reed at one time was the managing editor for the Lander Journal, and served as Senior Editor for Wyoming Wildlife magazine. In addition, he was the Publications Manager for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) for nearly ten years.

He is a regular columnist of Wyoming Wildlife News and has won multiple awards from the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, the Association for Conservation Information, the Colorado Press Association and the Wyoming Press Association. He attended the prestigious Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference at Middlebury College in 2001. He currently splits his time between Montana and Wyoming.

Press Release

Talented writer casts his lines on fishing

Anglers will find much to enjoy in Tom Reed’s new book, “Blue Lines: A Fishing Life.”

Author of two highly praised books about the Rocky Mountain West, “Give Me Mountains for my Horses: Journeys of a Backcountry Horseman” and “Great Wyoming Bear Stories,” in “Blue Lines” Reed focuses his considerable talent on another popular outdoor activity: fishing. Although the 29 chapters include some childhood trips with worms and spinning lures, most of the tightly written tales involve fly fishing small streams of the West, the serpentine “blue lines” shown on maps.

This is not a how-to book, although readers will glean some useful fishing tips along the way. Instead, like the fly-fishing classic “Trout Bum” and the more recent “True Love and the Wooly Bugger,” “Blue Lines” shows us that fishing is a metaphor for life itself. Reed sees fishing as a healer, as common ground between adversaries, as a way to escape the travails of the mundane.

Of course, there is also plenty of humor and wild adventure to be found in fishing, and Reed delivers these tales and all of his stories in his trademark style of clean, fresh writing and surprising imagery. “Blue Lines” basically follows Reed’s life from Colorado childhood streams to Montana high country creeks. He currently lives in a small Montana town and works for Trout Unlimited.


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