Fly-fishing guide nets Hubbell a book award |

Fly-fishing guide nets Hubbell a book award

Stewart Oksenhorn

When Gary Hubbell learned he had won a Colorado Book Award for the recent fly-fishing guide, “Shadowcasting: An Introduction to the Art of Fly-fishing,” he got a burst of boldness.

After a few days of brainstorming, the New Castle resident sent a copy of “Shadowcasting,” co-written by John Dietsch, to newscaster and fly-fishing enthusiast Tom Brokaw, in the hopes that Brokaw will contribute a quote for the book’s liner notes.

Hubbell hopes that Brokaw will be as impressed with “Shadowcasting,” published last year by Kleintop Press, as those in the book business have been. The Colorado Book Award is given by The Colorado Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress. At the awards ceremony, in late November at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Hubbell shared the stage with the likes of John Fielder, whose ambitious photography book, “Colorado: 1870-2000,” won an award in the nature category.

“Shadowcasting,” Hubbell’s first book, earned an award in the sports and recreation category. The 208-page book combines a technical introduction to fly-fishing, as well as anecdotes and 16 pages of photographs. Along with Hubbell’s photographs, gathered over 15 years of guiding and photographing, there are five pages of photographs taken from John Kelly’s shots for the movie, “A River Runs Through It.”

Hubbell has no idea whether Brokaw will endorse the book. But simply winning the award has done wonders for his marketing efforts.

“It’s instant credibility,” said Hubbell, who also writes a monthly column for The Aspen Times and founded Clientele Press, a publishing company. “People take you a lot more seriously when you call them on the phone, whether you’re calling a magazine to get publicity or calling a bookstore. It makes people pay attention.”

Hubbell said “Shadowcasting” is about to sell out of its first run of 3,000 copies, and another printing is due in a few months. Hubbell is at work on his next book, “The Snowboarders’ Bible,” a collaboration with photographer Rob Gracie, set to be published in the fall of 2001 by Sports Illustrated.

The 208-page book combines a technical introduction to fly-fishing, as well as anecdotes and 16 pages of photographs.

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