By David L. O'Hara,Matthew T. Dickerson,Nick Lyons
Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia
is a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir, and philosophical and non secular inquiry. Fly-fishing narratives and fragments of memoir give you the narrative arc for exploring relationships among people and rivers, and the ways that our attitudes and philosophies influence our practices and the waters we rely on for all times. The authors consultant their readers on a trip from Maine's Androscoggin watershed--once one of many ten filthiest rivers within the usa and now domestic to a few of the simplest wild brook trout fishing within the United States--southward via Kentucky into Tennessee and North Carolina, the place a local southern pressure of brook trout struggles to outlive. just like the rivers themselves, the chapters trade among flowing narratives and the stiller waters that settle out above dams. whereas each one stone during this mosaic is worthy an in depth glance in its personal correct, noticeable from a distance the ebook deals a broader photograph of the chilly mountain waters of Appalachia and their well-known local fish: the brook trout.
"Downstream is an immersion (almost actually) within the streams and rivers of Appalachia within the corporation of 2 collage professors, neighbors who over the years have built either competence and data in fly fishing. From its early pages i used to be riveted. Their language is exuberant but in addition disciplined. It did not take me lengthy to understand that it should quickly take its position on my bookshelf along John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. they're that good."
--Eugene H. Peterson, Regent university, Vancouver, BC, Canada
"O'Hara and Dickerson remind us fly fisher needs to imagine like a trout--then they lead us on a rugged and gorgeous experience via an ever-expanding 'riparian cosmos.' Downstream radiates out from Manitou's brookie into seamlessly moving currents of ecology, philosophy, biology, own historical past, engineering, normal heritage, theology, and administration until eventually we do not recognize the place the human viewpoint starts off and the brook trout's ends. They current a universe either beautiful in its beauty and terrifying in its fragility."
--Andrea Knutson, Oakland college, Rochester, MI
"O'Hara and Dickerson embark on an angler's quest for the delicate yet resilient Appalachian brook trout, from the brawling rivers of Maine to tiny Smoky Mountain headwaters in Tennessee. yet their trip finds even more than that, approximately why we search the areas that trout live--the rivers and streams that permit us to understand ourselves and locate our manner. This e-book is the vessel for a philosophy that celebrates nature, position, kinfolk, and home."
--Kurt D. Fausch, Colorado country college, fortress Collins, CO
David O'Hara is an affiliate Professor of
Philosophy and Classics, and directs the Philosophy software at Augustana collage (South Dakota) the place he teaches classes in environmental philosophy, ecology and planned residing, and an annual path in tropical ecology in Guatemala and Belize. as well as quite a few publication chapters, he has written for the Chronicle of upper schooling, Books and Culture, and Orion. Matthew Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury collage (Vermont) the place he has taught essay-writing classes on nature and ecology and at the literature of fishing. His different books comprise The Rood and the Torc (an old novel), A Hobbit trip (on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien), and different narratives approximately fly fishing, trout, and ecology: A story of 3 Rivers and Trout within the Desert. earlier coauthored books by means of Dickerson and O'Hara comprise Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental imaginative and prescient of C. S. Lewis and From Homer to Harry Potter: A instruction manual of fable and Fantasy.For essays, photos, and extra fabrics from the authors of this publication, please stopover at www.troutdownstream.net