San Juan River Chronicle: Personal Remembrances of One of America's Premier Trout Streams

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With an abundance of lyricism and insight, Steven Meyers writes about the natural history and sporting opportunities found on his home river, the San Juan of New Mexico. Rising out of southern Colorado's majestic San Juan Mountains and flowing through the arid hardscrabble of the Southwest, the San Juan has garnered a devoted following of fly fishers. This classic tailwater fishery is renowned around the world for easy access and trophy-sized trout. But with fame comes a cost, and the river is now host to a ...

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With an abundance of lyricism and insight, Steven Meyers writes about the natural history and sporting opportunities found on his home river, the San Juan of New Mexico. Rising out of southern Colorado's majestic San Juan Mountains and flowing through the arid hardscrabble of the Southwest, the San Juan has garnered a devoted following of fly fishers. This classic tailwater fishery is renowned around the world for easy access and trophy-sized trout. But with fame comes a cost, and the river is now host to a carnival of crowds, poachers, and crass trophy seekers. Meyers mourns the loss of solitude while celebrating his own ways of seeking solace on a river known only superficially by most who fish its hallowed pools and riffles.

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“The Southwest’s best trout-fishing writer  . . . weighs in with another collection of fine essays. I’ll read Steve Meyers as long as he writes.”
—Stephen J. Bodio (from a review in Fly Rod & Reel)

“Meyers writes well and movingly in this book, as he did in a previous one, Notes from the San Juans, a collection of essays about people, fishing and places in southwestern Colorado . . . . If fame is what saves great trout rivers, then Meyers needn’t worry about the ultimate fate of the San Juan River—particularly when it has advocates like the author of San Juan River Chronicle.” —Bob Saile (from a review in the Denver Post)

“Rarely has one man’s relationship to a great home river been chronicled with such loving, complex and enduring insights.” (from a review in the March-April 1995 issue of Fly Fishing magazine)

“I’m usually reluctant to read about places I haven’t fished yet, for fear that if the writing’s good enough, the water won’t live up to my anticipation when I finally get there. That certainly was the case with Haig-Brown and British Columbia. But Steven J. Meyers has convinced me, first with Notes from the San Juans and now with San Juan River Chronicle, that this is country I definitely must see and fish and maybe even live in for a while before the Great Angler in the Sky consigns me to the Nevermost Reaches of his Bottomless Creel. From high country to tailwater, Meyers has made it all so real that I feel I’ve already been there. It will be a kind of homecoming.”
—Robert F. Jones (author)

“I’ve never fished with Steven J. Meyers, but after reading San Juan River Chronicle I feel like I have. And on a remarkable river he knows inside out. He’s a writer who has his eye on the wider world, with a prose style that flows gracefully from the particular to the general, and so manages to explain the allure not only of the San Juan but of the fly fishing he loves so passionately. —W. D. Wetherell (author)
 
“Steven J. Meyers is the poet of our southwestern rivers; nobody else comes close. He has wise things to say about a diversity of subjects: carp, water witches, the choice of a personal rod. I’ll read every word he writes.” —Stephen J. Bodio (author, book reviewer)

“The Southwest’s best trout-fishing writer  . . . weighs in with another collection of fine essays. I’ll read Steve Meyers as long as he writes.”
—Stephen J. Bodio (from a review in Fly Rod & Reel)

San Juan River Chronicle, like the stream it describes, is rich with life—trout and insects, fishermen and guides, and above all the deep and indispensible sustenance drawn from the company of friends. What emerges is an intricate mosaic of place, assembled with clarity, sympathy, and an unflinching eye. Steve Meyers has given the San Juan what every trout stream needs—a voice of appreciation and advocacy.”
—Ted Leeson (author)
 
“I’ve just finished reading San Juan River Chronicle. It’s very good. Every trout stream should have a friend as eloquent  . . . . It’s refreshing to read; I felt like I was involved in a spirited conversation with a friend.”  —Slaton L. White (Deputy Editor, Field & Stream)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871089878
  • Publisher: Pruett Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/17/2014
  • Series: Pruett Series
  • Pages: 160

Meet the Author

Steven J. Meyers has been teaching English and Writing at Fort Lewis College since the winter of 2000. He has been a professional photographer, ski instructor, and fly-fishing guide, and much else. He is the author of six books and his writing has appeared in numerous national publications and journals.
Books: On Seeing Nature, Lime Creek Odyssey, Streamside Reflections, The Nature of Fly Fishing, Notes from the San Juans, San Juan River Chronicle. Awards: Colorado Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Honored Artist (1981); Colorado Council on the Arts/Western States Arts Foundation CoVisions Grant (1992); Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Colorado Journeys featured author (1996, 2004).

Awards: Colorado Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Honored Artist (1981); Colorado Council on the Arts/Western States Arts Foundation CoVisions Grant (1992); Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Colorado Journeys featured author (1996, 2004)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Quality Water
The Gray Season
Poachers
The Water Witch
Some Days Are Electric
The Big Bug
Holy Water
Carpe Diem
Coming of Age
On Guiding
Some Unorthodox Advice Concerning Fly Rods
Watching for the Wink
A River in Decline?
Mentors

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