Captivating Book on Art of Angling, Art of Living Published by Outskirts Press

Veteran angler and avid conservationist David Van Lear balances wisdom and humor to recount his lifelong fascination with fishing as a way of life aligned with the rhythms of rivers and streams and sensitive to the wonders of the American wilderness.

Pendleton, SC, January 17, 2012 --( Well published author and retired professor of forestry David Van Lear announced today the release of Memories Made and Lessons Learned During a Lifetime of Angling, published by Outskirts Press. Van Lear’s engaging stories from his lifelong love of fishing – and especially fly fishing -- offers readers a unique perspective on the luminous solitude of the wilderness and an appreciation of the country’s natural ecosystems that we can each help preserve.

From his first outings with his father fishing for smallmouth bass on the Cowpasture River, Van Lear began to recognize how angling could contribute to the quality of his life and how he would be enriched by the values of persistence, patience and ingenuity that fishing would teach him.

Van Lear’s adventures on the rivers, streams and lakes of America range from the hilarious to the hair raising as he regales readers with his tales of night after night of uncomfortable camping, unexpected encounters with bears, risks to life and limb from dangerous terrain and – by far the worst of all – the continuing frustration of dealing with fish that refuse to be caught. From trout in Yellowstone National Park to seventeen and a half pound steelhead in Idaho to measly muskie in the backwaters of Kentucky, Van Lear has fished for them all.

Along the way he has also developed an appreciative conservationist’s view of our land, and he has seen how man can use his technology to overwhelm his natural environment. Since 1975 he has volunteered through Trout Unlimited on stream restoration projects, brook trout restoration projects and watershed protection projects. In 2010, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the group.

For anyone who has enjoyed the pull of a largemouth bass on his line or who has basked in the beauty of the woods on a Saturday morning hike, Van Lear’s friendly voice and engaging tales will rekindle the tangible pleasure of every outdoor memory.

Memories Made and Lessons Learned during a Lifetime of Angling is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-8192-7 SRP: $18.95
6 x 9 hardback with jacket 978-1-4327-8238-2 $26.95
Kindle $7.70
iPad $7.70

About the author:

David Van Lear worked for thirty-five years as a professor of forestry at Clemson University teaching courses in silviculture, ecology and forest soils. He has published more than one hundred and thirty articles on the effects of forest practices on forest growth, water quality, wildlife habitat and soil productivity. Carolyn, his wife of thirty-three years, has been his faithful companion and supporter throughout this lifetime fishing adventure. They live in South Carolina and have two grown children, Christopher and Melanie, and a son-in-law, Charlie.

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