Book review: King of Fish - Fly Fishing Forum
Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion Talk flyfishing with members around the world!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-18-2004, 12:37 PM
kjackson kjackson is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Port Townsend
Posts: 142
Book review: King of Fish

I just finished reading "King of Fish" by David Montgomery, and it's a book that I recommend to anyone interested in salmon, salmon fishing, or dams.

While the book is sketchy on plot (and for you very literal types, there is NO plot-- this is a non-fiction discourse), it does an excellent job of taking you through the destruction of the great salmon runs of the world. While "King of Fish" has a Northwest bias, it discusses in length salmon in Europe, salmon in eastern North America and salmon in the West.

While we're talking different genera and different species, the story line remains the same: man has done a pretty good job of screwing up salmon runs wherever they may be. The author does hold out hope for regeneration of salmon runs on both North American coasts if we change the way we think about the inherent problems. He goes into some detail on the problems and his proposed solutions, particularly as they apply to West Coast runs of fish but with application for Atlantic salmon as well.

Montgomery was on the board of scientists (he's a geology prof at the University of Washington according the book jacket) that reviewed the status of the recovery programs.

His recommendations came as a surprise to me, uncovering as they did some of the root causes of run declines. Some of what he's written is news to me; some I disagree with on grounds of empirical evidence, some I disagree with based on my own perceptions, and much of what he's written is right on the mark, I think.

Regardless of how you feel about what he's written, you will find that his stand is well-argued and offers food for thought.

Keith
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Book Review: The Cast, Ed Jaworski juro Art of Casting 5 09-20-2005 10:37 AM
Book Review: Fly Rodding Estuaries flyfisha1 Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 21 01-09-2004 08:24 AM
Book Review: Fly-Fishing the South Atlantic Coast flyfisha1 Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 1 02-12-2003 06:39 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:21 AM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)