Nine Passes – Fly Fishing Through the Past and Present of the High Sierra

by Todd Bruce

Growing up in the High Sierra (Desert), Todd fell in love with the land. Running free and living his childhood roaming the outdoors and learning to fish at the age of four, he decided that he wanted to go back and relive some of those experiences. Using a book, that his brother was given when they were children, as his reference, he started out on his 300+ mile trek through the Sierra Desert.

Oh, did I mention that he was 51 years old when he decided to hike over 300 miles in 1 month 12,000+ feet above sea level by himself? I didn’t think so.

This is a BEAUTIFUL book. It is full of many breathtaking pictures. Todd’s idea was to relive his childhood memories and to see how much had changed over the years. I was particularly interested because of the stories I had heard from my father. He had the same type of childhood. He would wander around for days in the desert as a child. He also learned to fish at a young age and grew up thinking that’s how everyone lived. When I saw this book, I was excited to hear another perspective and to live somewhat vicariously through Todd’s journey and pictures. I was finally able to put a “face” on what I have always heard.

I highly recommend this book. I am no fisherman and can barely walk a mile, let alone 300! However, it is well written, it holds your attention and, as previously mentioned, has MANY breathtaking photos. This is the perfect “coffee table book”. If you’ve been looking for one, you’re welcome! The link is in the pic above.

Thank you, Todd Bruce and Black Swift Press Publishing, for this wonderful book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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