A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons with Wild Summer Steelhead

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Price
$27.95  $25.99
Publisher
Patagonia
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.75 X 8.58 X 1.26 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781938340673

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About the Author
Lee Spencer was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1950 and was raised in Minnesota. After being awarded a Master's in Anthropology in 1978 by the University of Oregon, he worked as a field archeologist for more than twenty years, mostly in the desert west and often excavating dry rock shelters. He has cast flies for steelhead on his river of choice, the North Umpqua, for the last thirty-five years and, in 1999, with his good dog, Sis, he began volunteering with The North Umpqua Foundation at Big Bend Pool.
Reviews
"This is strong nature writing--descriptive and thorough, and helped by Spencer's obvious devotion to his task." --Foreword Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)
"A Temporary Refuge succeeds on multiple levels. It effectively documents regional wildlife and the perilous annual migration of the wild fish. It puts the interaction between man and nature into important context, and shows why the wild population is so important, even as hatcheries breed more and more salmon. And it's also a meaningful memoir about a man and his dog who were devoted to helping protect part of our shared natural heritage, year after year." --Foreword Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)
"One of the best outdoor books of the summer." --Adventure Journal
"Spencer is a keen observer of everything around him: plants, weather, trees, birds, lizards, even the few people that visit him and his dog Sis on their little fish perch. It's a beautiful tour of his little slice of Oregon and an inspiration to simply find a quiet, pretty place to sit and watch." --Adventure Journal
"[A Temporary Refuge] is proof that personal observation, practiced with dedication and openness to wonder, can produce extraordinary insights." --MidCurrent http: //midcurrent.com/books/book-excerpt-a-temporary-refuge/
"There is more to dwell on in this book than in any other I have read about fly fishing. It's not just about the way of the steelhead. It's about an entire world of forest and stream teeming with life amid seasonal changes: fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals. ..." High Country News
This is strong nature writing--descriptive and thorough, and helped by Spencer's obvious devotion to his task. For years, from May to November, Lee Spencer stood guard over the population of wild steelhead salmon in the same northwestern waters, helping protect the fish from the poaching and dynamite fishing that had threatened their numbers for at least half a century. In A Temporary Refuge, he consolidates his years of experience into a calendar year of anecdotes, taking readers through the steelheads' annual cycle via his memories and observations. What makes the book so effective is that Spencer's approach to conservation is firsthand, on-the-ground work. Though he incorporates plenty of facts and history about the fish to satisfy the most clinically minded readers, his writing is never clinical. This is strong nature writing--descriptive and thorough, and helped by Spencer's obvious devotion to his task. He shares anecdotes of conversations with other visitors to the area, describes the various human threats to the steelheads' environment, and even tracks the impact of humans on the area, from prehistory to today. While it is steelhead that specifically drew the author in, he relates plenty of stories about the area's other wildlife and includes lovely illustrations by Cathy Eliot of several species. He writes about the merganser ducks that use the same waters, the otters who play in them, and the beavers who build dams there. Spencer also movingly bookends his observations with tributes to Sis, his beloved dog, who accompanied him for ten of the fourteen seasons chronicled and acts as a major character in her own right. A Temporary Refuge succeeds on multiple levels. It effectively documents regional wildlife (the specific spot is never named, to avoid encouraging more visitors) and the perilous annual migration of the wild fish. It puts the interaction between man and nature into important context, and shows why the wild population is so important, even as hatcheries breed more and more salmon. And it's also a meaningful memoir about a man and his dog who were devoted to helping protect part of our shared natural heritage, year after year. JEFF FLEISCHER (July/August 2017)
In the spirit of Thoreau, A Temporary Refuge will delight curious readers, and inspire and teach them why we should care about protecting not only the fish at Big Bend Pool, but all vulnerable creatures.-- "Fly Fisherman Magazine"