[UCP Books]: Backcasts: A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation
“Some politicians will say that conservation is a choice to be acted upon when the economy is strong. Every angler knows this is a lie. Conservation is not a choice. It is imperative to sustaining the lands and waters that sustain us. . . . For, as the fish go, so do we. . . . Fly fishing and conservation are inextricably linked, and we need more anglers to help protect and restore these rivers and streams that give so much to us and ask for nothing in return.”—Chris Wood, president and CEO, Trout Unlimited, from the epilogue
“How we experience nature shapes how we value nature. Backcasts argues that the values held by fly fishers have evolved from utilitarian self-interest toward biocentric, ecosystem-based conservation, with today’s guiding principles including stream management based on sound science, not political pressure. . . . This volume, because of the depth and breadth of its research, will have a very long shelf life.”—Donald J. Orth, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation
Edited by Samuel Snyder, Bryon Borgelt, and Elizabeth Tobey
Domestic Publication Date: 1 August 2016 | Foreign Publication Date: 8 August 2016
400 pages | 64 halftones | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-36657-9 | Cloth $45.00/₤31.50
Perhaps in no endeavor is patience more a virtue than in the sport of fly fishing. But patience can also be selfdefeating. In Montana, a proposed copper mine at the headwaters of the trout-filled Smith River raises alarm, and among the mine’s most vocal detractors: the anglers who refuse to wait and accept the dissolution of their river. Exploring fisheries ecology and history, environmental ethics and religion, Backcasts is an inspiring homage to this marriage of fly fishing and conservation. Spanning across geographies, genders, and centuries, it reveals not only the age-old connections between conservation and sport, but also how the successes of these casting conservationists might serve as models for action. As Norman Maclean writes in A River Runs Through It: “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.” So, too, in the preservation of our natural resources. 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. All three are avid anglers.
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