Book: Blue Lines

No Montana summer would be complete without a few days (or a few dozen) spent fishing, and nothing will inspire you to gear up and head for the water quite like Blue Lines: A Fishing Life (Riverbend Publishing, $13) by Tom Reed. This collection of stories revolves around small streams, the “blue lines” on a map that tumble down out of the high alpine, cold and clear and teeming with beautifully bespeckled trout. Reed takes the reader on a vicarious ride from one side of the Rockies to the other, weaving both wisdom and humor into 29 potent vignettes. The result is a captivating insight into fishing and its influence on the human dynamic.