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North Bank

Claiming a Place on the Rogue

Robin Carey

6 × 9 inches. 128 pages.

1998. ISBN 978-0-87071-448-1. Hardcover, $19.95.

"Learning the territory is a process I don't fully understand, but one that tugs at me with a feeling like necessity," writes Robin Carey. That process, of creating home ground in a new place, is the subject of North Bank, a rich and poignant look at fly fishing, favorite rivers, and the desire for familiar landscapes.

It was a fly fishers' dream — a cabin on the lower Rogue River in southern Oregon. But for Robin Carey, this new home also meant learning a new "home river." In North Bank, Carey explores how new places gradually become familiar. His essays describe how old memories — of family, of certain fish, of other rivers — and fresh experiences — scouting river canyons, volunteering at a fish hatchery, remodeling the cabin — have combined to shape this place on the Rogue into a place he calls home.

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