In his new book Body of Water, poet and Montana fly-fishing guide Chris Dombrowski maps the Bahamas—its ecology, human history and relationship to the tourism industry—through the person of David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Dombrowski is deep in a personal depression when a friend offers him a trip to the Bahamas to fish for the elusive and highly-prized bonefish at a prestigious resort. There Dombrowski meets a mentor and guide in the now-retired Pinder, a Bahamian whose stories of his guiding days and the fish he caught, or guided others to catch, are epic narratives told with an often poetic flare.
When Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, the guide has been somewhat abandoned by the very industry he helped to build. Cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the reflective surface of the water have blinded him to his art. Inspired by Pinder’s stories, which go well beyond fishing into the heart of his intimate knowledge of the natural world, Dombrowski begins exploring the history of the Bahamas and its unique and delicate ecology, until his vivid portrait of Pinder becomes an ode to the watery world and humankind's relationship to it.