Fairbanks resident publishes book about the philosophy of flyfishing

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 4:52 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fly fishing as a metaphor for life. That is the philosophy behind a new book, “An Alaska Flyfisher’s Odyssey,” written by a Fairbanks resident.

Last winter, fly-fisher Daniel Hoffman decided to write a book about his passion. “It’s been kind of rattling around in the back of my head for quite some time, and I think with the whole advent of COVID and being stuck inside a lot, it was kind of ‘if there was ever a good winter to write a book, last one was it.’”

At first glance, Alaska may not seem an obvious choice for year-round fly fishing. Hoffman said, “Being an ardent fly fisherman, it can sometimes be difficult to be living in a place, you know, 7 months out of the year it’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s below zero.”

But Hoffman says that even with the benefits and drawbacks, Alaska can’t be beat.

While fly fishing is at the heart of the book, Hoffman emphasizes that this is not a guide on how and where to fish. “It’s a little more, I guess, philosophical, you’d say, about what it means to be a fly fisherman living here year round.”

Instead, it seeks to demonstrate how good fishing strategy translates into real life lessons. “I really started to realize, as I looked at different aspects of my life, how many of the parallels I draw from the things that I’ve learned in fishing, and how I kind of extrapolate those into other areas of my life,” Hoffman said.

According to Hoffman, his “fisherman’s perspective” is useful in many areas of his life. “Almost any given situation that I go into, I kind of have an analytical mindset, and I immediately tend to think of things in the same way that if I’m approaching an unfamiliar stream. I’m looking at the water, I’m seeing where the currents run, I’m looking at the bug life, I’m figuring out where the fish are likely to lie.”

Hoffman is unsure whether he’ll write another book, and the author refuses to name his favorite fishing spots, preferring that they remain low profile.

The book is now available online, and at the Edge of the Arctic Trading Post in Fairbanks

50% of the book’s profits will go to Trout Unlimited, a conservation organization that preserves habitat for various freshwater fish.

On Friday, August 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Hoffman is scheduled for a book-signing next door to the trading post, at Hoodoo Brewing Company

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