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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 spiritual inquiry. Fly-fishing narratives and fragments of memoir provide the narrative arc for exploring relationships between humans and rivers, and the ways in which our attitudes and philosophies impact our practices and the waters we depend on for life. The authors guide their readers on a journey from Maine's Androscoggin watershedonce one of the ten filthiest rivers in the United States and now home to some of the best wild brook trout fishing in the United Statessouthward through Kentucky into Tennessee and North Carolina, where a native southern strain of brook trout struggles to survive. Like the rivers themselves, the chapters alternate between flowing narratives and the stiller waters that settle out above dams. While each stone in this mosaic is worth a close look in its own right, seen from a distance the book offers a broader picture of the cold mountain waters of Appalachia and their famous native fish: the brook trout.
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About the Author
David O'Hara is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics, and directs the Philosophy program at Augustana College (South Dakota) where he teaches courses in environmental philosophy, ecology and deliberate living, and an annual course in tropical ecology in Guatemala and Belize. In addition to numerous book chapters, he has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Books and Culture, and Orion. Matthew Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College (Vermont) where he has taught essay-writing courses on nature and ecology and on the literature of fishing. His other books include The Rood and the Torc (an historical novel), A Hobbit Journey (on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien), and two other narratives about fly fishing, trout, and ecology: A Tale of Three Rivers and Trout in the Desert. Previous coauthored books by Dickerson and O'Hara include Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis and From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook of Myth and Fantasy.For essays, photographs, and additional materials from the authors of this book, please visit www.troutdownstream.net
Table of Contents
Foreword Nick Lyons vii
Introduction Why We Write, and Why We Fish 1
Chapter 1 Tracing the Androscoggin: The Resurrection of a River Matthew Dickerson 6
First Dam: Upper Dam and the Blueback Trout Matthew Dickerson 28
Chapter 2 Brook Trout in New York and Pennsylvania: Learning the Rhythms of the River David O'Hara 33
Second Dam: On Dams David O'Hara 50
Chapter 3 The South Holston and Wild Southern Brook Trout Matthew Dickerson 55
Third Dam: The Dam We Call Home Matthew Dickerson 72
Chapter 4 The Removal of Mountains, Swift and Slow Matthew Dickerson 79
Fourth Dam: Knowing and Knowing David O'Hara 98
Chapter 5 North Carolina and Tennessee: Moving Mountains David O'Hara 104
Conclusion: Downstream David O'Hara 126
Afterword Bill McKibben 131