In any career, there are moments that make us laugh and those that make us cry. Experiences that push us to the brink and others that provide deep satisfaction.

In his book, A Reel Job, Ryan Johnston reflects on 20 years’ worth of stories accumulated while guiding fly fishermen on rivers and streams across the West. Tales of big fish caught, bigger fish lost, and all the weird and wonderful things that happen when you spend a day in a boat with a complete stranger.

The stories included in this book are just a taste of the sights and sounds that Johnston and his clients have experienced over the past two decades. So go grab a drink, pull up a seat, and allow him to share some of the remarkable things he’s seen and done in a career unlike any other.

Praise for A Reel Job

“As an outdoor writer and editor, I’ve been fortunate to fish and hunt all over North America with some excellent guides…as well as some who, let’s say, ought to consider an alternative vocation. While I have not had the opportunity to fish with Ryan Johnston, I’m very confident he would fall into the first category. His wit, good nature, passion for fly fishing, and desire to help others enjoy the sport come through in his writing. This is a guy who can not only put his clients on fish, but also weave a wonderful tale of how it happened. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go check on his availability.”

– John Taranto, Editor, Game & Fish Magazine