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The Rise

release date: Jul 07, 2006
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The Rise
Distills five centuries' worth of angling lore and wisdom about trout feeding behavior. Photographic sequence shows in detail how trout take a fly. Examination of flies includes the importance of wings and what they are made of, hooks, soft-hackled flies, and skipping, dapping, and dry-fly techniques.

Searching for Yellowstone

release date: Jan 01, 2004
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Searching for Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is beloved passionately and, as with all objects of passion, it generates heated feelings and has for over 125 years. Created in 1872, Yellowstone has been at the center of efforts to conserve the nation's once vast western wilderness. In turn Yellowstone's history has demonstrated how complex those efforts to conserve it have been. As Schullery writes, "We inherited this great humming thing . . . Ever since then we have imagined ourselves wise enough to control it and have rushed to judge what is wrong with it. And every time we looked hard enough, we discovered that there was more wrong with our judgment than with Yellowstone." This marvelously detailed book skillfully and objectively traces the park's social and ecological history from Pleistocene times to the present. Searching for Yellowstone is an absolute "must read" for anyone wanting to understand why the park is engraved in the American consciousness.

Mountain Time

release date: Jan 01, 2008
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Mountain Time
"Mountain Time, a thoughtful and often moving work, is not only about Yellowstone as a superb sample of American wildness, . . . but also about a man named Paul Schullery and his relationship to it. This fact gives the book much richness and power, for Schullery comes across clearly as a caring, observant, undogmatic person whose reasonable and intelligent opinions are reinforced by plenty of facts. In a certain mood, it is possible to wish (vainly) that people of his civilized caliber were the only ones allowed to open their mouths very widely on any subject that really matters, as Yellowstone definitely does."--John Graves, author ofGoodbye to a RiverandFrom a Limestone Lodge "Paul has pushed outdoor writing to new limits. I pay him the highest compliment I can: I wish I had writtenMountain Time."--Lionel Atwill,Sports Afield

If Fish Could Scream

release date: Jul 28, 2008
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If Fish Could Scream
In essays sometimes controversial, sometimes reflective, all fascinating, Paul Schullery ruminates on the evolution of fly fishing.

Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park

release date: Jan 01, 2003
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Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park
Does a beloved institution need its own myths to survive? Can conservationists avoid turning their heroes into legends? Should they try? Yellowstone National Park, a global icon of conservation and natural beauty, was born at the most improbable of times: the American Gilded Age, when altruism seemed extinct and society’s vision seemed focused on only greed and growth. Perhaps that is why the park’s “creation myth” portrayed a few saintlike pioneer conservationists laboring to set aside this unique wilderness against all odds. In fact, the establishment of Yellowstone was the result of complex social, scientific, economic, and aesthetic forces. Its creators were not saints but mortal humans with the full range of ideals and impulses known to the species. Authors Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey, both longtime students of Yellowstone’s complex history, present the first full account of how the fairy tale origins of the park found universal public acceptance and the long, painful process by which the myth was reconsidered and replaced with a more realistic and ultimately more satisfying story. In this evocative exploration of Yellowstone’s creation myth, the authors trace the evolution of the legend, its rise to incontrovertible truth, and its revelation as a mysterious and troubling episode that remains part folklore, part wish, and part history. This study demonstrates the passions stirred by any challenge to cherished national memories, just as it honors the ideals and dreams represented by our national myths.

American Fly Fishing

release date: Jan 01, 1999
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American Fly Fishing
Traces the history of fly fishing from Colonial times to the 1980s and discusses the effects of changes in technology

America's National Parks

release date: Jan 01, 2001
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America's National Parks
Spectacular full-color photographs and topographic maps that detail key landmarks and travel routes through the parks explore the geological and natural wonders of fifty-five of America's remarkable national parks, accompanied by descriptions and commentary that document each park's unique features, plant and animal life, and more.

A Fish Come True

release date: Sep 01, 2019
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A Fish Come True
A Fish Come True celebrates the enduring joys, mysteries, and miseries of fishing through a series of “what-if” stories: What if someone discovered a fly that worked on every cast? What if we could fish anywhere, any time in the distant past? What if we could explore the fishing on a different planet? What if our sport’s leading thinkers suddenly decided that an infamous trash fish was really cool and a great sporting trophy after all? A Fish Come True answers these and other engaging questions in stories full of sympathy, surprises, good humor, and—most important of all—hope. In this remarkable array of stories, a tour de force of literary styles ranging from unadorned tale to historical mystery to faux press release to science-fiction adventure, Schullery honors the angler’s innate and precious need to hope. And in the midst of this lively storytelling he illuminates the rich rewards and deeply satisfying misadventures that arise from the fulfillment of our angling dreams.

The Fishing Life

release date: Mar 01, 2013
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The Fishing Life
Both novice and experienced anglers will appreciate this amusing collection of stories and thoughts from an expert fisherman.

This High, Wild Country

release date: Aug 16, 2010
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This High, Wild Country
For centuries, the spectacular landscapes now protected in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park have amazed and inspired us. Historian-naturalist Paul Schullery and artist-illustrator Marsha Karle bring us a new and richly textured portrait of this magnificent region and reveal why Waterton-Glacier is a world treasure. Through Schullery's text and Karle's watercolors and drawings, we crisscross the roads and trails of this magnificent wilderness. We learn its deep geological history and encounter its wild residents. And we discover its ever-increasing value as a barometer of planetary health in today's rapidly changing world. Schullery, who has been described as the foremost citizen of the American national parks, and Karle, whose art is informed by a National Park Service career in some of North America's most beautiful landscapes, combine their talents to create a memorable tale of the beauty, power, and peril of this high, wild country.
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