Trout Unlimited's Guide to America's 100 Best Trout Streams Receives Prestigious National Outdoor Award


Trout Unlimited’s Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams Receives Prestigious National Outdoor Award

Trout Unlimited’s Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams Receives Prestigious National Outdoor Award

Book Highlights the ‘Who’s Who’ of American Trout Streams


11/30/1999 — — Trout Unlimited’s ‘Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams’ by John Ross, recently received first place honors in the 1999 National Outdoor Book Awards’ in the Adventure Guidebook category. The book, which highlights the ‘who’s who’ of American trout streams, was chosen out of sixty entries by a panel of 17 judges from throughout the country and now bears the NOBA gold medallion as a symbol of excellence in outdoor writing. [Editors see NOBA web site at for more details]

“The writing in this well organized guide is strong, lively and stylish” noted Ron Watters, NOBA Chairman, of the TU Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams. “It makes you want to grab your rod and hit the road.”

The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program. It is a non-profit, educational program, sponsored by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University.

The purpose of the Awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing. Each fall in early November, the NOBA committee announces the winners of the 10 categories making up the program, including History, Literature, Children, Nature, Instructional, Adventure Guidebook, Nature Guidebook, Design, and Outdoor Classic.

“Trout Unlimited is honored to have earned the National Outdoor Book Award’s prestigious recognition,” said Charles Gauvin, President of Trout Unlimited. “Our ‘Guide to America’s 100 Best Trout Streams’ provides in depth information both on the angling opportunities of the waters and the conservation challenges necessary to preserve these extraordinary streams.”

The book captures Trout Unlimited’s belief that in order to experience world class fishing anglers must nurture and protect the streams that provide us fish.

In honor of Trout Unlimited’s 40th anniversary, TU and Falcon Press combined forces to publish this guide to the nation’s outstanding coldwater fisheries. TU polled its 100,00 members to determine America’s 100 best trout streams’. The book contains profiles and maps of the country’s most popular trout and salmon streams, from Vermont’s Battenkill River to Montana’s Big Hole to Alaska’s Copper River.

In the book, Ross provides the nitty-gritty on how to fish each stream, discussing insects and fly patterns, lures, access points, regulations, and fly- and spin-casting techniques. The book lists local sources for fishing information and accommodations, and celebrates TU’s efforts to conserve, protect, and restore the top fisheries. Ross is the author of a number of outdoor guides, among them the Sports Afield Guide to North America’s Greatest Fishing Lodges and Great Water, Great Fish: The Worldwide Guide to Fly Fishing.

“The award really belongs to all TU members who helped me with this book,” said Ross. “They told me about the streams they love and have worked on for years. This book is for them and all the other members of TU.”

Founded in 1959 on the banks of the Au Sable River in Michigan, Trout Unlimited celebrates its 40th anniversary this year in working to preserve and protect America’s wild trout waters. Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization with over 100,000 volunteer members and 500 chapters.

NBOA Chairman — Ron Watters: (208) 236-3912

Author — John Ross: (540) 592-7020

Date: 11/30/1999