David Joy’s journey is a journey that began with his ancestors and passed through the generations. His story begins with him getting hooked on fishing at a young age and his evolution to the fisherman he is today. His story runs the gambit from his connection with his family through fishing and his love of nature to his love of the fish he catches.
Growing Gills is beautifully written with poetically descriptive language that will let any reader visualize the beauty the author is experiencing. This book could easily be named “The Zen of Fishing” or “ The Tao of Fishing”. Even the title Growing Gills expresses a oneness with the fish (and nature) that David feels while fishing.
Even though I have never been quite as obsessed with fishing as the author I was still able to relate to several of the stories and experiences. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever enjoyed fishing. The more obsessive with fishing you are the more you will enjoy reading this book.
Growing Gills gets a solid three stars, I don’t believe that there is a book of one man’s fishing stories that could get more than three stars out of me.