David James Duncan now holds a special place alongside Harry Middleton, Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane, Edward Abbey, William Kittredge, Sherman Alexie, and plenty of others whose words I read with awe.
As for the movie, it would not be the first time that an author has wanted to distance themselves from a film version of their work. It would also not be the first time that the movie turns out to be pretty good. Time will tell. Early indications are that, at the very least, it will be a great looking film. Impossible as it may sound, it may be best to view them as two entirely separate works of art. The last time a fly fishing movie took off lots of money found its way to fly shops, fishing guides, and equipment companies. As great as that would be in this economy, what we really need is money for licenses, trout stamps, and conservation projects. They all go together. So despite my love of total privacy on my local streams, a few more anglers – young ones to boot – could only help the cause.
Just for fun – Check out this Powell Books interview with David James Duncan from a couple years ago.
PS - The Buddha predicts that Amber Heard who plays Eddy in the movie will send many a man to the stream looking for their own fly fishing goddess.