By Kirk Deeter
I get a lot of books mailed to me for review. I write about very few. Not that I don't like them... it just takes something special, something that breaks the mold, to get me to write about it.
That's exactly what Montana's Best Fly Fishing by Ben Romans (Stackpole/Headwaters $29.95) is... a guide book that redefines how guide books can and should be done.
Now, many of you may recognize Romans for his work for Field & Stream and elsewhere. His influence on Field & Stream stories actually extends beyond the bylines. For example, a few years ago, Honest Angler Joe Cermele talked the editors into an "on the road" Montana fly fishing feature for the magazine. Having scored the story, Joe had one small problem to tackle: figuring out where the heck he should go fish... and when... with what!!! So he called me. And I certainly didn’t have all his answers… but I knew who would. Romans.
Truth is, Ben Romans and I have a long professional relationship. Many years ago, while Ben was an editor with Fly Fisherman, he was my boss/editor on a piece I did for that magazine. Now, the worm has turned, and he contributes to my magazine (Angling Trade), so I gratefully get to drop the hammer (at least the red pen) on him from time to time… but I rarely do. He’s one of the most plainspoken, eloquent, and honest writers I know.