A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons With Wild Summer Steelhead by Lee SpencerA Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons With Wild Summer Steelhead by Lee Spencer

A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons With Wild Summer Steelhead

byLee Spencer

Hardcover | June 23, 2017

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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...
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Title:A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons With Wild Summer SteelheadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.14 inPublished:June 23, 2017Publisher:Patagonia BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1938340671

ISBN - 13:9781938340673

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This is strong nature writing - descriptive and thorough, and helped by Spencer's obvious devotion to his task." - Foreword Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)"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"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)"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"One of the best outdoor books of the summer." - Adventure JournalIn 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."[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/"