Writing a novel set in the Rangeley region, including some of my favorite fishing spots, Robert J. Romano, Jr., hit a homerun. Or, I guess you could say he caught me.
The River King, billed as a fly-fishing novel, is certainly that. The story is intriguing, with interesting characters, but the many fishing outings in the book really hooked me.
Kathy Scott, one of my favorite fly fishing enthusiasts and writers, said it well when she wrote, “Romano so captures the essence of my favorite Maine haunts that I almost drove up to check. Highly recommended reading.”
I agree Kathy! And half way through the novel, I actually called a friend who has a camp on the Magalloway River and scheduled a fishing adventure there in June! I’ll save this novel and give it to my friend when we take that trip.
I especially loved Romano’s old guys, who had camps behind the Parmacheene gate, and knew all the great spots to fish. I have fished them all, and they are very special. Thankfully, Romano didn’t actually include some of my very favorite spots. I’m guessing he may know them, but like me, wants to keep them secret.
The aggravation that some locals felt for anglers “from away” sounded familiar too. I gave up fishing the Kennebago River in the fall because it was jammed with nonresident anglers.
I can’t say it any better than my friend Paul Reynolds of Northwoods Sporting Journal, who wrote: “Bob Romano once again nails it when it comes to an engaging tale about small-town rural Maine. Romano knows how to skillfully weave a tale that combines a story of people’s workaday struggles with thoughtful character development and a razor sharp sense of place.”
You will really enjoy this novel, and as soon as you finish it, you’ll plan a fishing adventure in the Rangeley region.