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Yellowstone, the world’s first national park and one of America’s truly great trout fisheries, has been a crucible for ideas on how to look after wild places. Management practices that have worked there -- and a good many that have not -- have been transported around the globe. Renowned Australian fishing writer Greg French gives a sparkling firsthand account of how the park’s history, landscapes, wildlife and people have entwined themselves in the psyche of anglers worldwide. More importantly, he discovers why this matters. Essentially a travelogue that mainly concerns itself with the story of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout: its discovery, biology, decimation, modern-day allure and uncertain future. Although set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone National Park, comparisons to Australia, New Zealand and Europe are inevitable: Antipodean fisheries managers greatly influenced trout recovery programs in Yellowstone, and the outcomes greatly effected the way trout fisheries are managed in and outside of the US. It is a cautionary tale too, ending up in Mongolia, which is as pristine as Montana used to be in Custer’s time and in immediate danger of repeating the same old mistakes. The book is timely because the Yellowstone fishery is at a crossroads and current debate about what to do next is dangerously narrow. Anglers everywhere need to be constantly reminded that hatcheries are far from a panacea for ailing fisheries: fostering both angler participation and conservation of the natural environmental almost always delivers far better outcomes — and at a fraction of the cost. As always, the power of Greg’s stories comes not just from the quality of the writing, but also from the quirks and passions of the people he meets. The Imperiled Cutthroat is compelling storytelling — deeply intelligent and philosophical — that will enthrall anglers and naturalists the world over.
Greg French is one of Australia’s best-known fishing authors. He spends most of his time in Australia and New Zealand, but he has fished extensively in South America, North America, the British Isles, Iceland, Eastern Europe, and Mongolia. French has spent most of his life in nature-based employment: first as a wilderness guide, followed by stints as a park ranger in Tasmania’s Wild Rivers National Park and a hatchery officer at the historic Salmon Ponds. He’s written numerous books, including a comprehensive guide, Trout Waters of Tasmania, originally published in 1984 and last updated in 2011; Frog Call (New Holland, 2002) a work of literary nonfiction; and its companion, Artificial (New Holland, 2008). Menagerie of False Truths was published by Exisle in 2010. French also co-wrote with Nick Reygaert the acclaimed documentary Hatch. In 2013, Reygaert and French produced a companion DVD, Predator, which won the Best DVD award at the 2013 IFTD tackle show in Las Vegas. He lives in Molesworth, Australia.
Illustrator Geoff Holstad is a graphic designer for Patagonia whose illustrations have been featured in numerous books and publications, including Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists (Published by Patagonia, 2016), Surf Odyssey (Gestalten, 2016), Cabin Time, The Little Book of Lettering and Reinventing Lettering (Chronicle, 2012). Holstad lives in Ojai, California.
256 pages, with full-color illustrations throughout
Dimensions: 5.5” X 8.5”
Published by Patagonia
Printed on 100 percent recycled paper