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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (June 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764344404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764344404
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Lasko is a romantic-a fly fishing soul who draws from the past to enjoy the fly fishing of the present.  There aren't many of these writers left these days.  This book is truly a labor of love sharing the story of a nearly lost American treasure-the sea run brook trout.  In this lovely book Lasko has given us the keys to appreciate these rare fish and the need to keep them safe.  Thanks to Ron Lasko for reminding us that they're still hanging on, awaiting our flies and in need of our protection in this heirloom quality book that's fit for any angler's library.-TROUT Magazine-Chris Hunt

In his book about sea run brook trout Ron Lasko has achieved what few other writers have, by skillfully blending romance, history, ecology, environmentalism, conservation and fly fishing into one book.  A TALE OF TWO RIVERS is a trout fishing reference book par excellence.  I highly recommend this book  to men and women, on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific, to expert anglers to those who have yet to pick up a fly rod or hook a trout, and to all lovers and defenders of nature and the environment.-
Bob Bianchi, Esquire-Director, Miramichi Salmon Association

As I began reading this fascinating book I discovered it to be a love affair about fly fishing for sea run brook trout and a plea to save the environment. This magical book is a work of art filled with photographs & watercolors written in poetic prose while remaining informational.  It is a good read from so many directions and that takes talent.  A TALE OF TWO RIVERS by Ron Lasko is a novel, a poem, and a sermon.  It is really beautiful writing, a good read and a good gift and the final chapter pulls the entire book together. - Judy Campell author and Plymouth, MA TV Host of "Write Now"

A TALE OF TWO RIVERS is the first full length book written about North American Sea Run Brook Trout.  Ron Lasko takes us on a 4 season tour exploring the rivers while mixing practical instruction with historical, environmental and ecological issues.  One of the rivers is a Spring Creek similar to British Chalk Streams and Ron has included a Bibliography of 25 books by UK authors.  He references American Fly Fishing having its roots in the UK.  Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors, from fly fishers to conservationists, will appreciate this book.-Robin Lambert, Editor THE FLY FISHER MAGAZINE

A TALE OF TWO RIVERS by Ron Lasko gives us the sense of the joy of fly fishing for wild native Sea Run Brook Trout while better understanding how we can protect and preserve their natural world.  Lasko's attention to details gives the book depth and broadens its value to readers.  The global popularity of the book may be attributed to the universal theme of environmentalism and the passion for fly fishing.  Ron Lasko's journey depicted in this book is a life long love affair with nature.
 Shane Rohane-Writer-Cape Cod Times

From the Author

I had been studying, observing, researching and fly fishing these rivers for 25 years.  I averaged 100 visits annually and kept a journal recording every day the insect, fish, bird, animal,water level & clarity, air & water temperatures, and weather along with my fly fishing success or failures.  Each entry of information was followed with a narrative about the day and the fishing.  After 25 years, including historical & environmental research conducted separately over those years, I spread the journals out on my Living Room floor.  I realized then that I had a story to write and a book that needed to be published so that naturalists, conservationists, environmentalists and fly fishers everywhere around the globe could share in the knowledge and information I had discovered. 

I spent 3 years writing A TALE OF TWO RIVERS and I sectioned it into 4 distinct areas:  Part One-The Rivers; Part Two-The Seasons; Part Three-The Fishing; and Part Four-The Future.  I added an extensive Front part of the book and an extensive Rear Section of the book including separate American & UK Bibliographies demonstrating my research.  Two years later the book was finally released in July, 2013.  My hope is that each reader enjoys the information gleaned from 25 years of journals,the 3 years of writing, & the two years of packaging the book with 110 color photographs and 6 watercolor illustrations.   Enjoy!
Ron Lasko, author

More About the Author

Ron Lasko grew up fly fishing for trout in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. As an executive he resided in Hartford, Boston, Atlanta and New York City, traveling and fly fishing for Trout from New england to Georgia. Over the last 25 years Ron has resided on Cape cod and his fishing and studies have been focused on the sea run brook trout of Cape Cod and its last two remaining wild sea run brook rivers that are the subjects of this book. The Quashnet is a slow moving Spring Creek while the Mashpee is a swift flowing valley river. Both originate in Lakes, become freshwater rivers, then enter brackish estuaries and bays before entering Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic. Subsequently the contrasts as well as the similarities of the two rivers, with their environmental and ecological challenges inspired Ron to write this book based on his intimate relationship with these rivers. Ron resides on a Trout Pond just minutes from the two nearby rivers where he creates fly patterns, restores bamboo rods, gives presentations, supports river restoration and conservation efforts and is at work on his next fly fishing-environmental book.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rockdoc on August 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully written book about two real jewels on Cape Cod, two little rivers that hold sea run brook trout. Amazingly beautiful wild little fish; I see most fishermen not getting too excited about 8-12" fish, but these brookies are amazing, and anyone looking for a unique flyfishing experience, armchair or actually out on the rivers, will find this book priceless.

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