Downsteam: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia

By David L. O'Hara

This book is a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir, & philosophical & spiritual inquiry. Fly-fishing narratives & fragments of memoir provide the narrative arc for exploring relationships between humans & rivers & the ways in which our attitudes & philosophies impact our practices & the waters we depend on for life. 6x9 inches, 146 pgs.


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ISBN: 1-62564-727-1

EAN: 978-1-62564-727-6

Binding: Softcover

Publish Date: 03/01/2015

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The authors guide their readers on a journey from Maine's Androscoggin watershed--once 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 States--southward 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.

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

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Weight0.61875 lbs
Dimensions6 × 0.4 × 9 in


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