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New Book Explores Life Lessons from Fly Fishing

Kealey Bultena SDPB

David O’Hara grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, home to some of the most famous trout fishing streams in the world. Today he’s a philosophy professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, but when he gets the chance, he goes back to fish the familiar streams of his youth.

In a new book written with his fishing friend and Middlebury College professor Matthew Dickerson, O'Hara visit fishing streams from Maine to Tennessee and reflect on the relationship between humans and rivers. Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia is about the joy of fishing and the wonder of nature – and is an invitation for readers to become more intimate with their natural environments, wherever they may be.

David O'Hara joined Dakota Midday and discussed the book.