Casting Forward: Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country

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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
Steve Ramirez is an award-winning outdoor and conservation author who lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country. Steve's first book, Casting Forward - Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country, was featured in the film Mending the Line starring Brian Cox and Sinqua Walls. His second and third books, Casting Onward - Fishing Adventures in Search of America's Native Gamefish and Casting Seaward- Fishing Adventures in Search of America's Saltwater Gamefish have received critical acclaim as important works of outdoor adventure and conservation literature. Steve currently writes the Seasonable Angler column for Fly Fisherman Magazine and serves as the Ambassador for Texas for the American Museum of Fly-Fishing.

"Casting Forward belongs alongside Holy Ghost Creek and A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge as books that perfectly capture the essence of place, and our part in it. You would not be mistaken to say that this book is about the Texas Hill Country. Steve is, after all, a master naturalist and a master storyteller. But Casting Forward is about so much more than the outdoors and nature. It is a story of one man's journey through rivers and mountains to live a life well lived and loved." --Chris Wood, President/CEO, Trout Unlimited

"Every bit the unique sort of Hill Country artistry as a Jerry Jeff Walker show at Gruene Hall. These words are incredibly honest, gritty, and melodic . . . sometimes rowdy, always soulful. Steve Ramirez has an uncanny knack for conveying the 360-degree perspective of fly fishing like only an author who has seen so much--and felt so much--can. He's an angling balladeer." --Kirk Deeter, Editor-in-Chief, Trout Unlimited/Trout Media

"In many ways Ramirez is the reincarnation of my late friend John Voelker, author of Anatomy of a Fisherman and the lesser work, Anatomy of a Murder. Both men were fleeing lives that had wounded them, and both found salvation in wildness through angling. A century hence Casting Forward: Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country will be referenced in the best of North American outdoor literature." --Ted Williams, conservation journalist, author, and guide

"It seems to me that an author's first book is an incredibly fragile thing, as delicate as a wildflower on a cold spring day. Any gust of wind from the wrong direction, at an inopportune moment, might result in the disappearance of something beautiful; never to be seen, or enjoyed, or understood. I'm heartened that Steve Ramirez's first journey on the path to publication has resulted in the recognition that his insightful prose is something important, as significant as a wildflower on a cold spring day." --Bob White, sporting artist, author, and guide

"In a society filled with trivial pursuits, Steve Ramirez understands what gives a life meaning and purpose. He knows that casting to fish in beautiful rivers can connect us to nature and even heal us--but only if we learn to see and listen. And he recognizes an essential bit of conservation wisdom: Nature can indeed save us from ourselves, but part of the bargain is we must work to save nature. The Texas Hill Country is lucky to have this warrior-poet working on its behalf, and we're lucky that he's shared his beautiful prose with us." --Matthew L. Miller, author of Fishing Through the Apocalypse

"When you read this poignant ode to the Texas Hill Country by Marine Corps veteran Steve Ramirez, you're sure to hear a real-life echo of Ernest Hemingway's Big, Two-Hearted River, in which, moment by moment and cast by cast, a warrior with a wounded soul fishes his way back to emotional peace. Casting Forward is an inspiration as well as a delight." --Paul Guernsey, a