Ebby's Tale

Ebby's Tale is an uplifting story that proves that good dogs are not born but are made by the people they live with. The facinating journey from a rescued "Gypsy" to roles on a musical stage makes a really entertaining must read for dog lovers." -- Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs and How Dogs Think

A Guide to Fly Fishing the Sacramento River

In this book, you will learn the places where you can access this rich and fish-laden waterway, what to expect for each location, and what tactics to use in fishing for rainbow trout, steelhead, and salmon. It covers the river from Siskiyou Dam to Red Bluff.

SHATTERED AIR

A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite’s Half Dome

By Bob Madgic

On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite’s fabled Half Dome even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night’s end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMT’s would be overseeing a harrowing post-midnight helicopter rescue.

SHATTERED AIR: A True Account of Catastrophe, Courage and Rescue on Yosemite’s Half Dome (Burford Books; June 2005; now in paperback at $15, by Bob Madgic, is a tautly written account of recklessness, tragedy, courage and rescue, a book whose depiction of nature’s fearsome power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive.

A Guide to California’s Freshwater Fishes

This guidebook presents ways that fish can be grouped for identification and study purposes, a rationale on the ecological importance of native fish species, and an identification of habitat conditions necessary for maintaining healthy fisheries. It contains a brief history of California fishes, beginning with the once abundant coldwater fishery native to the state, to the many introduced species brought to California. The impact of dams, reservoirs and hatcheries is discussed, as well as the significance of governmental legislation such as the Federal Endangered Species Act. Information of recent activities of fish biologists and governmental agencies can be found throughout this book. By way of summary, the author presents a stewardship agenda for preserving California’s rich fish heritage.

Pursuing Wild Trout. A Journey in Wilderness Values

Pursuing Wild Trout chronicles Bob Madgic’s growing awareness of the importance of wilderness values. In an entertaining and often humorous style, the book traces over twenty-five years of his experiences in fishing for wild trout in the canyon rivers of the central Sierra Nevada in California, and his discoveries on how wilderness contains the essential meanings of life. It also relates Bob Madgic’s own transformation from a bait fisherman who carted home all of the fish he caught to a fly fisher who now carefully releases all of his catches. The angler will learn effective fly fishing strategies for the most prized trout—wilderness trout that Madgic defines as "wild trout little impacted by humans."