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Sports & Recreation Fishing

A Man and His River

A 25-year Love Affair with a Wild Island Waterway

by (author) D.C. Reid

Hancock House
Initial publish date
Dec 2022
Fishing, Sports, Rivers, Personal Memoirs
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2022
    List Price

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A Man and His River is a love story, and a story of personal journey set on the banks of the Nitinat river on Vancouver Island. It is about the inherent and universal feeling of being near flowing water and the experiences of nature and wildlife that share the banks. This book is also a summary of the author’s lifetime of fishing Vancouver Islands 123 watersheds and the pursuits of its diversity of salmon and trout. While providing tales of wildlife encounters and big fish, the author also provides the reader with details on the various techniques and gear that can be employed on most rivers on the west coast. DC Reid is acknowledged as the writer who best exemplifies and extends the legacy of Roderick Haig-Brown, in the 21st century, and his latest work is his attempt to carry on that legacy.

About the author

DC Reid is a writer and poet whose work lives in multiple disciplines: web-based video-poems for his book You Shall Have No Other on; environmental writing, for which he has won multiple awards including the Roderick Haig-Brown Award; and novels. His poetry has won silver in the Bliss Carman Award twice, among twenty other awards including the Colleen Thibaudeau award for significant support of Canadian poetry. He is a former president of the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of BC Writers. He released a memoir of decades spent on the Nitinat River titled A Man and His River, published with Hancock House Publishers in 2022, and his most recent publication, Selected and New Poems, is his sixteenth book. DC is broadly known for extensive writing on in-ocean fish farms; neuroplasticity and extensive creativity mechanisms. He lives in Victoria, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

“This is a story about life and death on a wild river that has carved a path through a rainforest and through the bedrock of a poet’s heart. DC Reid wrecks cars, flips boats, and communes with bears as he searches for salmon, casting heavy lures ‘that fly because their weight cuts a hole in the air’. Along the way, he dispenses a wealth of angling knowledge." — Mark Hume, author of River of the Angry Moon, Trout School and Reading the Water.

“In this intimate and detailed portrayal of the Nitinat, D.C. Reid captures the near-magical ebbs and flows of its life cycles, while sharing his own fascination with the river’s constantly evolving complexion and the great fish that call it home." — Patrick Walsh, editor-in-chief, Outdoor Canada magazine