Maxine was also a very skilled & knowledgeable angler herself, accompanying her husband on his fishing in many different places. She did this in the mid-20th century, a time when women - if they did fly fish - certainly were not supposed be the experts of the sport that Maxine was. Her angling skills gave her a unique perspective of the sport, I'm sure, being an expert female fly angler at that time. A lot has changed since then, thank goodness & now it's not unusual to find a female fly fishing expert. At least Maxine, who passed away in 1997, lived long enough to see those changes start to take place.
So, while I haven't read the book yet (it's not been brought to market yet), I would like to. I think Maxine would have a lot of intersting things to say about our sport & the people who participate in it. Look for "The Fly Fisher and the River: A Memoir" coming soon to wherever you buy your books soon. It promises to be an interesting read.