Quest for the Golden Trout
Environmental Loss and America's Iconic Fish
Publication Year: 2013
The Quest for the Golden Trout is about looking at our nation's rivers with a more critical eye--and asking more questions about both historic and current practices in fisheries management.
Published by: University Press of New England
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I want to thank my wife, Rebecca, for her support and patience throughout the research and writing of this book. She was gracious enough to read mul-tiple versions of chapters that were fortunately not nearly as boring as most of my writings. Our daughter, Haley, was a critical partner in crime on many clandestine research expeditions and helped me see issues through the next ...
IntroductIon: In Search of Gold
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At select little rock and mineral shops dotting the countryside, especially in regions where the history of resource extraction runs deep, a curious game of deception calls to old and young alike. For a few dollars, eager children can take their chances at panning for gold. One day I decided to let my daughter give it a go. Unlike the original placer miners who sought ...
1 | Controversy over the Salmon’s Migration
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The spirit of the Atlantic salmon is truly unquenchable, and if any fish deserved the epithet “Brave Heart,” then this is it.sions it helps to first talk about a related fish and a place that borrowed its name. For a century and a half, beginning about 1809, the people of Con-necticut faced the awkward question: “What happened to the salmon of the ...
2 | First-Class Entertainment
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The quality of the trout fishing — not of the fish — has sadly deteriorated in some of our moorland rivers to which the “working-man angler” has found his way in vastly increasing numbers. I do not want to appear to take up a snobbish attitude . . . but if we are to deal with plain facts there is no blinking the truth that the “working-class angler’s” indifference to the best possibilities ...
3 | Fish Factories Feed Lots
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The production of ecologically viable individuals is not part of the hatchery equation because the production of large quantities of fish, rather than natural history, behavior and ecology, largely guides hatchery practices.may itself be beyond reason, hatcheries are sad places for me. The preor-dained fate that awaits trout seems unfair. It is hard not to see these places ...
4 | Educating the Masses
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Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate, and fools to pass by without consideration.Our nation is at a crossroads with our educational system. I spend sleepless nights wondering what is best for my daughter. Politicians and par-ents complain about low achievement in public schools. Private schools are ...
5 | The Lucky Charm
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We plant millions and billions of fry and fish to no purpose, because we do not have exact knowledge as to how to plant, where to plant, when to plant and whether there will be protection and food for the fry and fish when planted. We stock the same waters with different species of fish and cannot foresee the future curse we are inflicting upon these waters. We advise the destruction of ...
6 | To Serve a Higher Soul
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Fishing, and particularly fly fishing for trout and salmon, has solaced and stimulated the minds of poets, artists, philosophers, professional men and statesmen beyond that of any other sport; indirectly influencing history, art and literature through the acts and expressions of men whose minds have been strengthened and refreshed during the days and nights spent by solitary streams....
7 | Building a Dream Home
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Just as the rings made by a rising fish in still water travel in ever-widening circles till they finally disappear, so any tampering with Nature’s methods sets influences to work whose effects will be felt by a circle of living creatures in a way perhaps unguessed at. Before attempting the improvement of conditions in any water, it is necessary to know the chain of circumstances which has ...
8 | Stream Improvement Plows Ahead
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In view of the fact that our lakes and streams were formed by natural processes and were not created or especially designed for the species of fish which we desire, it is logical to believe that with adequate knowledge and a definite design or purpose in mind, we can improve on nature and make 1930s, stream improvement became a product of the depression. When I ...
9 | Structural Failures in the System
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It is, however, unfortunate in many ways that stream improvement should have made such rapid strides in popular favor before we have the factual foundation on which this work must be based if it is to become a permanent and essential feature of fisheries management. . . . We must recognize that it is still in the experimental stage and that we are sorely ...
10 | The Economy of Scales
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Every country house with a water supply should have its fish ponds, for the purpose of supplying the kitchen as well as for angling.system, where people spend money to buy equipment, raise fish, eradicate competing species, and modify rivers. The interplay of economic drivers that includes individual, industry, state, and federal involvement raises questions ...
11 | Reel Retreats Restored to Real Places
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Man who is changing the surface of this earth and its fauna and flora more rapidly than any process of nature heretofore. Man the prodigal destroyer, but who must become the restorer, or his very existence will become as much a In 2011, I decided to go back to Massachusetts to find the deflectors on the Swift River I had stumbled upon as a kid. Part of me wondered if my ...
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Page Count: 324
Publication Year: 2013