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May the Rivers Never Sleep . . .

. . . by Bill and John McMillan. I just heard from Bill, that this new, long awaited book is now available from Amato and Amazon. I expect mine shortly. It promises to be one of the two most important books focussing on our anadromous fisheries in a long, long time. The other is Topher Browne's Atlantic Salmon Magic, published earlier in the year.

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Bill and John McMillan, father and son, were initially drawn to rivers and salmon through angling. Following the footsteps of Canadian author and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown, they gradually transitioned to a deeper learning about the lives of rivers through snorkeling. May the Rivers Never Sleep is a song of thanks to Haig-Brown's vision of rivers as calendars of life and places of revelation. The McMillan's river calendar-depicted through writings and photography was shaped by thousands of hours angling, observing and snorkeling to document the diversity and patterns of river life above and below water. From winter steelhead to water ouzel, their perspective is that rivers are only ever-wakeful because of the wild creatures within. As wild fish continue to diminish however, the lives of rivers remain unclear. This book is the McMillan's wake-up call to nurture at all costs the natural resilience of wild-fish populations and breadth of life they support so that rivers remain places of revelation for future anglers and scientists, as they have for the McMillan family.
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The Red Shed has it as well.

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I can't wait to get my copy of this impressive work. I know Bill and John put theirs hearts and soul into it, can't thank them enough for all thier tireless work to protect our PNW fisheries.

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I spent the weekend reading this book. As a freshwater scientist I really appreciated the authors attention to the facts surrounding the plight of our watersheds and the fish that live there. I like the way they were able to not only explain the science pertaining to the life history and ecology of these fish but also express in a soulful way why many of us who choose to work on these problems as our careers feel about our work and the rivers and the critters that live there.

Thanks. I hope to be fortunate enough to someday meet both Bill and John McMillan and have a beer and talk rivers.
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express in a soulful way .
Do you mean the remarks about puke and pimples? John is a funny guy, that is clearly his prose. I also enjoyed the book, great photography and nice subtle insights communicated with clarity. It is a very unique book and great reading for those who love rivers.

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Everything in biology is soulful when I look at it objectively.....and when I've had a couple beers....to look at it objectively through.

Before I went half blind from staring through microscopes I used to snorkel streams for fun. It's a magic world down there.
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Sounds great! I need a copy right now! Can I buy it on Amazon?
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Sounds great! I need a copy right now! Can I buy it on Amazon?
My understanding is that they have it. A friend just purchased one.
Lovely book, you'll enjoy it.
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book

picked up a copy about a month ago. its a great book. worth the money for sure.

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This is a wonderful book created in the spirit of Haig-Brown's A River Never Sleeps. Father and son Bill and John McMillian share their love and passion for Pacific Nortwest Rivers as inspired by the writings of Roderick Haig-Brown. Bill and John have worked tirelessly in the name of conservation of Pacific Nortwest salmonids and this book is a summation and illustration of thier life's works as fisheries bilogists. Bill and John are also passionate anglers whose love of rivers took them far beyond what the confines of angling can teach. The text and photos are all excellent. This is a book that will be cherished with significance that will resonate over the long term. Best of all, Bill and John offer some hope that our Pacific Nortwest rivers and salmoniods could rebound in some areas if they are simply left alone and left to themselves.

I have read and re-read my copy multiple times already. Bill and John clearly put their all into this book. I would highly recommend this book to all that care about our PNW rivers and salmonids.

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