Michael W. Brislain
Categories: Male Authors - Anglophone Authors - Authors of Non-Fiction - Illustrators - Saint John River Valley
Born in Montreal, 1947. Graduate of UNB, Business Administration, Certified Canadian Investment Management. Former Past President – Saint John River Salmon Anglers Association, master fly tier, instructor of Advanced Fly Tying for Fredericton Fish & Game Association. Author of articles for the Atlantic Salmon Journal. Avid salmon angler since 1971. Currently reside in Fredericton, N.B. Semi-retired investment management consultant. Also illustrator for the book Safe and Sound.
How has New Brunswick influenced your work?
NB has influenced my work by itself being a part of the fabric of my being. To be as one with the natural environment lends to a rich spiritual experience seldom found in urban or larger Canadian cities.
What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?
My favourite books are: Six Salmon Rivers and Another and Song of the Reel of the late George Frederick Clarke. His works describe the New Brunswick that once was and in some ways still exists today. They are a valuable historic record.
What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?
Writing and having published Bugging the Atlantic Salmon.
Bugging the Atlantic Salmon
"Austin shone his penlight down the rows of his fly box, exposing row after row of crafted wet flies. He stopped at a bedraggled #6 Red Butt Bug. Dead serious in his dissertation on the fly, he said "and this bug is the most productive fly this year."
Ever so slowly, Doc picked up the bug, turning it around and over as he held it up to the faint dawn light.
"Bit of a peasant’s fly, what!"