Tight Lines and Heavy Game Bags is an eclectic collection of short stories and essays about everything from bird dogs to Zumbador. These wonderful stories take the reader hunting and fishing around the world, from the highlands of Scotland and County Mayo in Ireland, to the high Ecuadorian Andes, to the shores of the Black Sea, to the rugged deserts and mountains of the American west. The stories draw upon the experiences the author had over more than three decades hunting and fishing on four continents. This is a collection of stories about hunting and fishing in it's broadest sense. Some of the stories will make you laugh out loud, some may bring a tear, some may even make you think, but all will entertain. For those fans of Mr. Gowdey's book on German Shorthairs, his lifelong love affair with bird dogs shows through in this book as well. You will still find stories about three generations of his German Shorthairs, and the adventures he had with them hunting birds on two continents. However, you will also find stories about fishing for marlin, bonefish, Atlantic salmon, and trout; hunting for wild goats, the quails and pheasant of North America, and the perdiz and zumbador of South America. This book belongs on the shelf of every hunter, angler, and bird dog lover.