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TWINSBURG -- What started out as a detailed log kept by Belmeadow Drive resident William King on his fishing forays has turned into a short story collection.
"Fishing TIps and Tales," which came out in February, is told "with a wink and a nod to the best traditions of fishing tales found in literature," King said.
"I started keeping a journal to preserve some technical information about fishing trips and tackle, but at some point, it changed to include preserving memories of a lifetime of fishing," King states in his book.
Initially, the information King preserved was technical -- how to tie various flies, records of fishing trips including dates, where he went, weather and stream conditions and what was caught and on what flies.
"I also recorded who went and any other brief thoughts," King states. "After a while, I realized that reading these notes about old trips helped me remember them and let me relive some good times. This journal was, in fact, preserving memories."
King said his love for fishing started in 1955 when he was 6, when his uncle took King and his younger brother on a trip.
"My Uncle Paul took me fishing, with bobbers and worms," King said. "We went to the Alleghoma [referring to the Allegheny] River Dam, No. 4, in Braeburn, Pa."
The stories are told with a gentle, upbeat humor and include the good, the bad and the in-between days. Highlights include King's confrontation with a colony of bats and his train journey to Canada. The stories represent roadmaps for fellow fishing aficionados.
"It requires my creativity and forces me to constantly learn new things to improve -- observation of environmental conditions, life cycles of fish and insects, fly patterns, how to read the water and casting and presentation techniques," King writes. "It lets me connect with and enjoy the beauty of nature. It is an excuse to go out into the woods or mountains, or onto creeks, streams, rivers and lakes.
"I fly fish to enjoy the camaraderie of good friends, and meet people with similar interests and passions. It is an instant bond with people I have never met before. It connects me with the generations before me and after me. It provides me with anticipation, fun, mystery and adventure in my life."
King also makes authentic reproductions of bamboo fly rods as a part of his business, Top Ten Tapers.
"I believe that there is no greater graceful and beautiful rod than one crafted from split bamboo," King said. "They load, cast and respond with a sweetness and finesse that cannot be achieved with graphite or fiberglass."
For details on this business, visit www.toptentapers.com.
King said that those who enjoy this book can look forward to a sequel.
"I already have four stories for Vol. 2, which I hope will come out in two years," King said.
When he is not fishing, King is president and owner of Essential Research on East Aurora Road in Twinsburg. He graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in electrical engineering and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been married to his wife, Paula, for 40 years.
"Fishing Tips and Tales" can be found at www.amazon.com.