An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the Worldby Anders Halverson
Pub. Date: 06/28/2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Anders Halverson provides an exhaustively researched and grippingly rendered account of the rainbow trout and why it has become the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States. Discovered in the remote waters of northern California, rainbow trout have been artificially propagated and distributed for more than 130 years by… See more details below
Anders Halverson provides an exhaustively researched and grippingly rendered account of the rainbow trout and why it has become the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States. Discovered in the remote waters of northern California, rainbow trout have been artificially propagated and distributed for more than 130 years by government officials eager to present Americans with an opportunity to get back to nature by going fishing. Proudly dubbed “an entirely synthetic fish” by fisheries managers, the rainbow trout has been introduced into every state and province in the United States and Canada and to every continent except Antarctica, often with devastating effects on the native fauna. Halverson examines the paradoxes and reveals a range of characters, from nineteenth-century boosters who believed rainbows could be the saviors of democracy to twenty-first-century biologists who now seek to eradicate them from waters around the globe. Ultimately, the story of the rainbow trout is the story of our relationship with the natural world—how it has changed and how it startlingly has not.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Patricia Nelson Limerick Limerick, Patricia Nelson
1 A Less Bold and Spirited Nation 1
2 Essentially a National Matter 12
3 Let the Best Fish Win 28
4 As Many Different States as Possible 36
5 A New Variety of Trout 48
6 Define Me a Gentleman 58
7 Paying Customers and Hatchery Product 76
8 A Full-Scale Military Operation 94
9 Money Makes a Way 114
10 The Way of the Passenger Pigeon 129
11 A Single New Mongrel Species 145
12 It Doesn't Do Any Good 165
Epilogue The Last Generation of Troutfishers 184
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This made for an easy and joyful read. I was left feeling it ended too soon. The issues are as relevant today as they were then and will be for years to come. Anders offers an impartial wide view of the never ending touch and go relationship between man and this fabled fish. Add it to your collection, knowledge and conversations.
Most Fly Fishers (fisherman) enjoy the picking the fly on the lightest possible rod and experience the thrill of a big trout pulling all parts of the tackle to its extreme. But most don't know that the rainbow that is pulling comes from thousand of miles away and has been nurtured in a hatchery by professionals that are not aware of the long history themselves of this pacific rim fish. This book reveals the sometimes esoteric beginnings of American trout hatcheries and how a single breed has changed the way we enjoy and view fishing. A must read for anyone who truly wants to know the whole truth behind taxpayers and license purchasers money that goes to trout. The author is thoroughly entertaining revealing larger than life characters that form our national thinking and it is done on less than 185 pages.
Rainbow Dash laid stretched out on the bench. She waited for the signal from Spike. Have they found Discord yet? she thought. As she thought this, she saw the bushes rustle, and Rarity appeared, shaking her hooves. "Ugh these stupid thorns, always getting caught in my hooves," she complained. "What are you doing here?" Rainbow Dash said. "I thought you were with the others to find Discord." "I told them the forest wasn't my kind of place, so they told me to come back here and keep you company," Rarity said. She started to try and get the thorns out of her hooves, yelping in pain now and then. Rainbow Dash snickered each time she yelped. "Rainbow Dash it's not funny!" Rarity whined. She laughed at Rarity's appauled face. Then, they hear Spike's shout of, "Rainbow!" Rainbow Dash shooted up into the air. She started gathering speed. She was at top speed for a Sonic Rainboom, but she flew faster still. She felt the Sonic Rainboom go from rounded at her hooves to pointed. Her cheeks are being pulled back by the wind. She felt static crackle around her then, BOOM!!! A loud boom sounds and a circular rainbow spreads across the sky. Rainbow Dash looked down at Ponyville and saw the color return as the rainbow swept over it. She landed and the others were there. "Way to go, Rainbow Dash!" Twilight said. "We should have a party!" Pinkie Pie shouted. "This is wonderful. Now i can pick out cloths that don't have ugly colors," Rarity said, sounding relieved. They all look at Rarity and burst out laughing, even Rarity herself. "Now THAT really put the 'rainbow' in 'Rainbow Dash'!" Rainbow Dash said, and they all laugh again. ~The end! Next I might write a fanfic about Rarity. Who wants me to?
While on some level not as comprehensive as I had hoped it was certainly very informative. The history of these ubiquitous fish is a complete mystery to so many of us and our driving desire to fish for this “synthetic” fish exists without many of us understanding why. Very entertaining and quick read that I am sure I will reference for years to come.
I'll never look at rainbow trout, or even the streams where they now live, the same way again. This book tells an incredible story about these fish--fish that I had taken for granted until now. And it is so well written. A must read.
FOR THE MIP FANS!!!