I'm not sure what it is about this book but it was definitely my #1 of the last couple years. Its not overly memorable but has a way of letting you feel like your next to the author through his experiences. Its comforting, relaxing, exciting, humurous, realistic and authentic. A fantasticand MUST read/listen for any fisherman!! For the beginner to the experienced this will hook you and drag you in! Also Tom Rosenbauer did a podcast with the author which is available on orvis.com.