Trout Fishing In America is an abstract book without a clear central storyline. Instead, the book contains a series of anecdotes broken into chapters, with the same characters often reappearing from story to story. The settings of most of the chapters occur in three locales: Brautigan's childhood in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.; his day-to-day adult life in San Franscisco; and a camping trip in Idaho with his wife and infant daughter during the summer of 1961.
This paperback book is the third paperback printing of this title in 1972. Pages are discolored from age. Top of spine is a bit torn. Mid spine is bent and has crease and slight tear.