Greg French

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June 14, 2016
ISBN: 978-1- 938340-57- 4
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-938340-58-1
240 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 in. | Trade Cloth
$24.95 US | $32.50 CAN

Greg French (Australia)

Author of The Imperiled Cutthroat: Tracing the Fate of Yellowstone’s Native Trout

Sample Interior art by Geoffery Holstad


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  • One of Australia’s best-known fishing authors
  • Books include: Trout Waters of TasmaniaFrog Call (New Holland, 2002) Artificial (New Holland, 2008), Menagerie of False Truths (Exisle, 2010)
  • Cowrote the acclaimed documentary “Hatch,” co-produced companion DVD, “Predator,” which won the Best DVD award at the 2013 IFTD tackle show in Las Vegas
  • Has fished extensively in South America, North America, the British Isles, Iceland, Eastern Europe, and Mongolia
  • Spent most of his life in nature-based employment, first as a wilderness guide, followed by stints as a park ranger in Tasmania’s Wild Rivers National Park and a hatchery officer at the historic Salmon Ponds



Yellowstone, the world’s first national park and one of America’s truly great trout fisheries, has been a crucible for ideas on how to look after wild places. Management practices that have worked there—and a good many that have not—have been transported around the globe.


With The Imperiled Cutthroat (Patagonia, June 2016), renowned Australian fishing writer Greg French gives a firsthand account of how the park’s history, landscapes, wildlife and people have entwined themselves in the psyche of anglers worldwide. More importantly, he tells us why this matters.


This travelogue tells the story of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout: its discovery, biology, decimation, modern-day allure and uncertain future. Although set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone National Park, comparisons to Australia, New Zealand and Europe are inevitable—Antipodean fisheries managers greatly influenced trout recovery programs in Yellowstone, and the outcomes greatly influenced the way trout fisheries are managed in and outside of the US. It is a cautionary tale too, ending up in Mongolia, which is as pristine as Montana used to be in Custer’s time and in immediate danger of repeating the same old mistakes.


With the Yellowstone fishery at a crossroads and the current debate about what to do about it, the book arrives at an important time. Anglers everywhere need to be constantly reminded that hatcheries are far from a panacea for ailing fisheries. Fostering both angler participation and conservation of the natural environmental almost always delivers far better outcomes—and at a fraction of the cost.


As always, the power of Greg’s stories comes not just from the quality of the writing, but also from the quirks and passions of the people he meets. The Imperiled Cutthroat is compelling storytelling—deeply intelligent and philosophical—that will enthrall anglers and naturalists the world over.


  • This book elaborates on both the history and the latest practice of fisheries management, using examples from Yellowstone that have spread around the world.
  • It covers the issue of native/wild fish versus fish introduced into an environment.
  • It is also a fishing travel guide, illuminating many of the great trout fishing destinations around the world, from Yellowstone to Tasmania to Mongolia.

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