The Imperiled Cutthroat - Greg French

The Imperiled Cutthroat – Greg French

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The Imperiled Cutthroat: Tracing the Fate of Yellowstone’s Native Trout

Yellowstone, the world’s first national park and one of America’s truly great trout fisheries, has been a crucible

for ideas on how to look after wild places. Management practices that have worked there—and a good many

that have not—have been transported around the globe.

With The Imperiled Cutthroat (Patagonia, June 2016), renowned Australian fishing writer Greg French gives a

firsthand account of how the park’s history, landscapes, wildlife and people have entwined themselves in the

psyche of anglers worldwide. More importantly, he tells us why this matters.

This travelogue tells the story of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout: its discovery, biology, decimation, modern-day

allure and uncertain future. Although set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone National Park,

comparisons to Australia, New Zealand and Europe are inevitable—Antipodean fisheries managers greatly

influenced trout recovery programs in Yellowstone, and the outcomes greatly influenced the way trout fisheries

are managed in and outside of the US. It is a cautionary tale too, ending up in Mongolia, which is as pristine as

Montana used to be in Custer’s time and in immediate danger of repeating the same old mistakes.

With the Yellowstone fishery at a crossroads and the current debate about what to do about it, the book arrives

at an important time. Anglers everywhere need to be constantly reminded that hatcheries are far from a

panacea for ailing fisheries. Fostering both angler participation and conservation of the natural environmental

almost always delivers far better outcomes—and at a fraction of the cost.

As always, the power of Greg’s stories comes not just from the quality of the writing, but also from the quirks

and passions of the people he meets. The Imperiled Cutthroat is compelling storytelling—deeply intelligent and

philosophical—that will enthrall anglers and naturalists the world over.

 

*Signed copies available by request

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Weight0.487 kg
Dimensions22.3 × 14.9 × 2.1 cm

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