458 pages, 6 col plates, b/w illus
An angler's celebration of the brookie, one of the world's most prized and beautiful freshwater game fish. Compared with other salmonids, brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) prefer their water colder, cleaner, wilder. Perhaps that's why no other fish so fascinates anglers. In this, the first book on the species in a century, Nick Karas explores America's 400-year love affair with brook trout. Karas first unravels the controversies surrounding the two largest brook trout ever taken; then, through the eyes of a trained ichthyologist, he explores the brook trout's biology and the events that led to its evolution and distribution. But the core of this book is the fishery: its past status, current condition, and future. And because the history of brook-trout fishing is inseparable from the history of American fly fishing, Karas follows the development of the rods, reels, lines and flies that evolved as anglers continued their fascination with this most beautiful of all freshwater game fish.
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