Dr. Rick Williams, examines a trout, while fishing in an unnamed location.
Several years ago, I was invited to contribute a chapter to a book exploring the relationship between fishing, particularly fly fishing, and conservation. Sam Snyder, the book editor, knew of my work on salmon recovery and my previous book (Return to the River: Restoring Salmon to the Columbia River).
The resulting chapter examines the History of Conservation in IFFF, its seminal role in the founding of FFF, its decline and rebuilding since 2000. The book will be released in late 2015 from the University of Chicago Press and is called Backcasts: Historical and Global Perspectives in Fly Fishing and Coldwater Conservation.
The chapter is my own view -- and occasionally opinions -- about IFFF’s history relating to conservation. I discovered many things during the writing of the chapter. It has gone through several rounds of reviews, both within IFFF, and from external reviewers, and has benefited from the reviews. Please note IFFF is referred to as FFF, which it was during the several years it took to write and submit the chapter.
Finally, the chapter benefited greatly from multiple interviews with Marty Seldon, Skip Hosfield, Ted Rogowski, Verne and Judy Lehmberg, Tom Jindra, Tom Logan, and Bob Tabbert, among others, all who have contributed greatly to IFFF’s conservation efforts and legacy.
I hope that you find the chapter interesting and even thought provoking.