A Fish Come True by Paul Schullery

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A Fish Come True celebrates the enduring joys, mysteries, and miseries of fishing through a series of “what-if” stories:

What if someone discovered a fly that worked on every cast?

What if we could fish anywhere, any time in the distant past?

What if we could explore the fishing on a different planet?

What if our sport’s leading thinkers suddenly decided that an infamous trash fish was really cool and a great sporting trophy after all?

A Fish Come True answers these and other engaging questions in stories full of sympathy, surprises, good humor, and—most important of all—hope.

In this remarkable array of stories, a tour de force of literary styles ranging from unadorned tale to historical mystery to faux press release to science-fiction adventure, Schullery honors the angler’s innate and precious need to hope. And in the midst of this lively storytelling he illuminates the rich rewards and deeply satisfying misadventures that arise from the fulfillment of our angling dreams.
Paul Schullery, the author, coauthor, or editor of more than forty books, is the recipient of numerous awards for his work as a writer and conservationist, including honorary doctorates from Ohio University and Montana State University; the Wallace Stegner Award from the University of Colorado Center of the American West; a Panda award for the PBS film on Yellowstone; and awards for his work on grizzly bear recovery, conservation history, and national park policy. Schullery advised and participated in Ken Burns’s National Parks documentary and is currently scholar-in-residence at the Montana State University Library.

In the world of fly fishing, Paul learned the sport during his years as a Yellowstone Ranger-Naturalist in the 1970s and then served as the first executive director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing and editor of the museum’s journal. A life member of Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International, his fly-fishing books include American Fly Fishing: A History, Royal Coachman, Shupton’s Fancy, Cowboy Trout, The Rise, and The Fishing Life. He received the Roderick Haig-Brown Award from Fly Fisher’s International and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in 2014. Paul lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his artist wife Marsha Karle.