Did you know that trout fishing can offer insight into the rural/urban divide? That’s exactly the topic author Tim Traver uncovers in his new book, Lost in the Driftless: Trout Fishing on the Cultural Divide.
At first glance, it would be easy to think of this book as a fishing essay written for fellow lovers of the sport. However, when you look closer, you’ll see that it touches on a much deeper issue in this country—the political and cultural divide between urban dwellers and those living in rural areas. Do they share more in common than just a love of trout fishing?
Traver grew up in New England, living in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He earned a BS in Wildlife Biology at the University of Vermont and an MS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was the executive director of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
(VINS) and the Upper Valley Land Trust
, and co-director of the Norman Bird Sanctuary and the nonprofit COVER Home Repair. He has also served as communication director for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, as chair of the Vermont River Conservancy, and as a board member of Vermont Audubon.
Whew, when did he have time to write?
On Traver’s website (www.timtraver.net), a description of Lost in the Driftless says:
"Trout anglers are some of the most impassioned conservationists in the world, but their cultural divides run deep. Fascinated by the trout-fishing urban elite and by the populist backlash that is playing out in one of trout fishing’s most rural epicenters, the famed Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, Tim Traver embarks on a journey to take the pulse of modern day trout fishing in America. . . . Lost in the Driftless, like Traver’s acclaimed memoir Sippewissett: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh, smoothly blends narrative and science, providing a warm reflection on home, family, and fishing, alongside an investigative look into the science and business of one of America’s most storied hobbies."