“Much like its author, Chris Dombrowski-poet, gifted storyteller, Montana fly-fishing guide, and family man-Body of Water is many things. It is part love letter to fishing, part natural history of the Bahamas, part conservationist manifesto, and part meditation on the self. These multifarious aspects are anchored by the story of David Pinder Sr., one of the legendary grandfathers of Bahamian bonefish guiding. Dombrowski's talent as a writer is on full display here, his tight and rhythmic prose reminding one of the gentle and relaxing lap of water against the hull of a fishing boat on a sunny and windless day.”
— Lane Jacobson, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions--poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can't go, it's all paid for, just book a flight to Miami.
Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think, said one fisherman, before they think it.
By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after forty years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder's stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide's life.
About the Author
Born in Michigan, Chris Dombrowski earned his MFA from the University of Montana. His publications include two collections of poems, most recently Earth Again. His poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in leading journals and magazines. Also a fly-fishing guide, Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana.