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Beyond Catch & Release: Exploring the Future of Fly Fishing Hardcover – May 25, 2011

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Paul Guernsey, former editor-in-chief of Fly Rod & Reel magazine, has written about wildlife and the outdoors for most of his adult life. He continues to be an ambassador for fly fishing and the environment, as well as an outspoken advocate for ethical behavior among all anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts. He lives with his family in Warren, Maine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082352
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,412,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew P. Mayo on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Paul Guernsey's latest book, BEYOND CATCH & RELEASE: Exploring the Future of Fly Fishing, is a thoughtful, reasoned road map of fly fishing, of where it's been and where it's headed. Keep on as we have, despite the efforts of our various conservation groups, and the future of fly fishing is bleak. Guernsey is cautious to point out that we're fast headed toward a fork in the road, and it's decision time. But there is hope, and the author lays out a solid, attainable series of modifications for possible change. In his humor-tinged style, Guernsey aptly quotes Ebenezer Scrooge, that most hopeless of cases: if "the courses be departed from, the ends will change."

Though BEYOND CATCH & RELEASE is a heady read, it is no esoteric work. Anyone who enjoys and appreciates spending more time outside than in will find the book both thoughtful and useful. Guernsey, a lifer devoted to the sport, also covers the nuts-and-bolts aspects of fly-fishing (cleanliness, diseases and pests, to net or not to net) in a series of chapters that build from the dawn of fly fishing to beyond the present. The book covers an array of topics that form the soul of the sport, from heeding the rules that still matter, reverence for the quarry and the great out-of-doors, and respect for fellow anglers, before winding up with suggestions for life with an altered but wholly enjoyable sport.

BEYOND CATCH & RELEASE is many things--among them a tight read with powerful and informative writing, and a handsome package--but above all, it is timely and important. If you buy one book this year about fly fishing, this is the one to go for. Or the rest won't matter.
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