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A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek
A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek

A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek

On the Cutthroat Competition of Native Trout in the Northern Rockies

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Heartstreams

NATURE

182 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781609406172

Rights: WOR

Wings Press (Sep 2021)

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Online Book Description

Matthew Dickerson’s well-crafted prose narrative takes readers from the headwaters of the Colorado River in Wyoming to the Crown of the Continent in Glacier National Park. In the midst of the lovingly described wild and scenic beauty of these places, readers will learn about the science, history, conservation, and restoration of an important native fish—cutthroat trout—and the habitats where they live, while enjoying stories of the pursuit of those fish with both a fly rod and a camera. The book is well-informed by science as well as careful observation, and conveys both the passion and knowledge of the author. The author, Matthew Dickerson, was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park, invited to that residence specifically to learn and write about cutthroat trout. Much of what he learned and observed is shared in this book, along with stories and knowledge gleaned from times in the national forests of Wyoming and interviews with USGS, U.S.Forest Service, and National Park Service biologists. It is well-informed by science, but doesn’t read like a scientific text.

Overview

Matthew Dickerson’s well-crafted prose narrative takes readers from the headwaters of the Colorado River in Wyoming to the Crown of the Continent in Glacier National Park. In the midst of the lovingly described wild and scenic beauty of these places, readers will learn about the science, history, conservation, and restoration of an important native fish—cutthroat trout—and the habitats where they live, while enjoying stories of the pursuit of those fish with both a fly rod and a camera. The book is well-informed by science as well as careful observation, and conveys both the passion and knowledge of the author. The author, Matthew Dickerson, was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park, invited to that residence specifically to learn and write about cutthroat trout. Much of what he learned and observed is shared in this book, along with stories and knowledge gleaned from times in the national forests of Wyoming and interviews with USGS, U.S.Forest Service, and National Park Service biologists. It is well-informed by science, but doesn’t read like a scientific text.

Reviews

"A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek is a wonderful tale of exploration and discovery shared by a gifted storyteller ... who does a terrific job of making us feel as if we are with him on his journey. His descriptions of Glacier Park are true to the place." —Doug Mitchell, Exec. Director, Glacier National Park Conservancy

"A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek is a fine tribute to an often-underappreciated native fish. (Only underappreciated by those who haven't experienced fishing for them.) Dickerson, being both a devout student and teacher of this subject matter—and coming from the position of both seasoned angler and keen observer—is uniquely positioned to share his lifetime education on trout, interwoven with stories of fishing for native fish in wild places. This book is a strong call to protect the fish we love and the places that harbor them." —Zack Williams, editor, Backcountry Journal and Swing the Fly

"An enjoyable and informative read that reminded me why I love cutthroat and cutthroat country so much." —Bob Mallard, Executive Director, Native Fish Coalition

"Dickerson's careful research and insightful explanations of the science surrounding cutthroat trout—the successes, the failures, the future threats— provide a remarkable lens through which the reader can see, and understand, the extraordinary journeys of cutts and their critical position within western ecosystems. Dickerson's obvious love of the fish themselves, as well as his fly-fishing acumen, help to make this book a solid, enjoyable read for any fisherman. His remarkable ability to describe the silence and patience and attentiveness that puts the entire watershed on display for a dedicated observer makes this book exceptional." —Pat Wray, author of Gift of the Grenadier

Online Author Bio

Matthew Dickerson began writing about fishing and outdoor sports in 1997 with a column for his local newspaper, the Addison Independent. More than two decades later, his column is still in print and has won a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award for the best sports column of the year. Many articles have followed in print publications such as The Drake, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing, American Fly Fishing, and Backcountry Journal, and for online publications including Fly Fishing International (FFIMAGAZINE.COM) and Yankee Magazine’s NEWENGLAND.COM. His essays of creative narrative non-fiction in the nature writing and environmental genres have appeared in journals such as Written River, Books and Culture, Creation Care, The Other Journal, and Christian History Magazine.Dickerson’s first book-length collection of creative non-fiction was a collaboration with David O’Hara titled Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia (Cascade Press, 2014). The Heartstreams series followed: Trout in the Desert: on Fly Fishing, Human Habits, and the Cold Waters of the Arid Southwest (Wings Press, 2015) and A Tale of Three Rivers: of Wooly Buggers, Bowling Balls, Cigarette Butts and the Future of Appalachian Brook Trout (Wings Press, 2018) and A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek: On the Cutthroat Competition of Native Trout in the Northern Rockies (Wings Press, 2021)Dickerson was selected by Glacier National Park and by Acadia National Park for Artist-in-Residence positions, which led to the publication of The Voices of Rivers: Reflections on Places Wild and Almost Wild (Homebound Publications, 2019) and to the volume in hand, A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek. Dickerson’s first novel was a work of medieval historical fiction, The Finnsburg Encounter (Crossway Books, 1991). That novel—inspired by Dickerson’s graduate study of Old English Language and Literature and the works of J.R.R.Tolkien—was later picked up for publication in German translation as Licht über Friesland. More than a decade later, he published a sequel entitled The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn (Wings Press, 2014.) Just a year later, Dickerson’s first fantasy novel came into print. The Gifted, the first of three-volume work collectively titled The Daegmon War was published in 2015 by AMG, followed by The Betrayed and Illengond.Dickerson’s study of medieval and fantasy literature also led to several books and book chapters in the area of literary studies. Several of these also drew upon Dickerson’s interest in and study of environmental literature. These works included a study of the theological and moral aspects of Tolkien’s writings, Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in the Lord of the Rings (a finalist for the year’s Mythopoeic Society award for best work of scholarship) and a later revised and expanded version titled A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle-earth. This book was followed by Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien (with Jonathan Evans), From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy (with David O’Hara), and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis (also with David O’Hara).Dickerson’s other published works include a biography of the late singer-songwriter Mark Heard, Hammers and Nails: the Life and Music of Mark Heard; a work on the philosophy of mind, computing, and religion, The Mind and the Machine: what it Means to be Human and Why it Matters, and a work of spiritual theology, Disciple Making in a Culture of Power, Comfort and Fear. Dickerson is a member of the Chrysostom Society and the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He teaches at Middlebury College (Vermont) where he spent over ten years directing) the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Breadloaf.