Backcasts: A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation

University of Chicago Press
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“Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.”-Norman Maclean

Though Maclean writes of an age-old focus of all anglers—the day’s catch—he may as well be speaking to another, deeper accomplishment of the best fishermen and fisherwomen: the preservation of natural resources.

Backcasts celebrates this centuries-old confluence of fly fishing and conservation. However religious, however patiently spiritual the tying and casting of the fly may be, no angler wishes to wade into rivers of industrial runoff or cast into waters devoid of fish or full of invasive species like the Asian carp. So it comes as no surprise that those who fish have long played an active, foundational role in the preservation, management, and restoration of the world’s coldwater fisheries. With sections covering the history of fly fishing; the sport’s global evolution, from the rivers of South Africa to Japan; the journeys of both native and nonnative trout; and the work of conservation organizations such as the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited, Backcasts casts wide.

Highlighting the historical significance of outdoor recreation and sports to conservation in a collection important for fly anglers and scholars of fisheries ecology, conservation history, and environmental ethics, Backcasts explores both the problems anglers and their organizations face and how they might serve as models of conservation—in the individual trout streams, watersheds, and landscapes through which these waters flow.
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About the author

Samuel Snyder is the Alaska Engagement Director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. Bryon Borgelt is principal of Saint Rose School in Perrysburg, Ohio. Elizabeth Tobey is an art historian and independent scholar affiliated with the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. She lives in Greenbelt, MD. All three are avid anglers.
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Publisher
University of Chicago Press
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Published on
Jul 11, 2016
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780226366609
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Fish
Nature / General
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ichthyology & Herpetology
Sports & Recreation / Fishing
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