It’s fishing season, when the water is warm enough for waders, and the fish easily come snapping at your line.
Spring also means flipping pages on a good book — whether you’re whiling away a Sunday afternoon at a picnic or slipping down to the lakeshore at Jacobs Creek.
You might even be packing an apple and a book with your fishing pole while en route to Whitetop Laurel Creek in Virginia or the South Fork of the Holston River in Tennessee. Both are famously known for their fly fishing.
And, if you’re packing a book, consider “Yellow Stonefly” (Swallow Press, 2018), a recent novel by Tim Poland.
This author is a resident of Radford, Virginia — incidentally, my old college town, which stands about 100 miles north of Bristol on the banks of the New River.
In this 267-page book, Poland writes from his own experience as a fly fisherman.
And, wow, you’ll like the character’s name at the heart of it all — Sandy Holston, whom readers first met in Poland’s 2009 book, “The Safety of Deeper Water.”
In this new novel — and yes, it’s a rarity to find a fly fishing novel with a female protagonist — Poland weaves suspense and introspection into a story that draws deeply from the Appalachian setting of western Virginia.
In this, of course, we hear about Holston, who cares for the sick and the elderly as a nurse but finds peace — you guessed it — when she is out fly fishing.
More than a fly fisherman, the author is a professor emeritus of creative writing at Radford University. Poland’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared widely in literary magazines.