Flyfishing in Alaska - Final comments

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I would like to thank all who took time to look at all of my pictures in Parts I, II, and III in this series, and to give special thanks for all the kind remarks recorded there. The photographs were not intended as fine art, but simply as documentary evidence of a fine time, and to help us remember.

Now I would like to alert those interested to a serious threat to this pristine wilderness: the Pebble Mine project. A huge area north of Iliamna Lake is being developed as a potential copper and gold mining area which has the potential to destroy the main watershed streams of Iliamna Lake. It is not too late to stop it.

I would also like to recommend a few books for those interested in this area and the Alaska Outback. The first is Rivers of life : Southwest Alaska, the last great salmon fishery / photographs by Robert Glenn Ketchum ; essay by Bruce Hampton. This book has fantastic photographs of the Bristol Bay area while telling the story of the Bristol Bay fishery.

Then a pair of books by Bob Durr: The Coldman Cometh and Down in Bristol Bay. They tell the story of a tenured full professor of English at Syracuse University who left everything to move his family to Alaska for subsistence living in the bush.

Happy reading!

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