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J.R. Mehrkens

I am a director of a new non-profit called the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community. We have a viewpoint different from TU as the Tongass 77 largely depends on giving up the highest quality habitat on Prince of Wales Island. While the Tongass 77 watersheds are not legally protected like Wilderness, many of these areas are not at risk from logging. More details are provided at our website GSACC.net


By jim brady March 31, 2011 - 12:06 pmRobert Bittner brings up The Trout Pool Paradox. Growing up in Connecticut, I wetahcd the evolution of the Housatonic River into one of the finest fisheries in the country. I also enjoyed reading about people I actually knew, such as Ed Kluck and Will Downs, both of whom impacted my life in a positive manner. I haven't re-read it yet so perhaps it is time to. Thanks for including Black's book in your list, Robert.


By Chris Biggar April 2, 2011 - 8:42 amAll books by Ernie Schwiebert, He was also the best to listen to at the United Fly Tyers prnenetatioss.The Fishing's Only Part of It Dana LambSteelhead Paradise John Fennelly, Song of the Reel George Frederick Clarke, a great Salmon read


By Loren November 2, 2011 - 11:39 amThere's a herd of elephants in the room, here. To be fair, there was bound to be in such a short list.But Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, even after 350 years, is still araulbgy the most charming fishing book around: perhaps it’s not strictly a “trout and salmon book”—okay, if you want to get picky. Don’t get me wrong: I love several of the books listed in the article, but do we really think that ALL of them are better than Roderick Haig-Brown’s A River Never Sleeps? (Right on, Chadd!) Omissions like that make you wonder.And where are Foote and Traver? McGuane and Lyons? Where are Van Dyke, Lang, and Pertwee? McManus and Zern? Where’s Sparse Grey Hackle? None of these are top-twelve material? Not even Hemingway's Nick Adams stories? I guess my real issue is that trying to list the “twelve best trout and salmon books of all time” is rather a losing proposition from the start. I sincerely hope that Trout will have another go at this, and this time we should get a list of, say, around two hundred great fishing works and/or writers. It might take more space and more work in compilation, but I’d be overjoyed to have it during the coming cold and snowy winter!

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