FRESHWATER FISH OF THE NORTHEAST
Author: David A. Patterson
Publisher: UNIVERSITY PRESS OF NEW ENGLAND, Jul 2010
A vividly illustrated guide to more than 60 freshwater fish from the ponds, lakes, rivers & streams of New England and New York. 62 color illus by Matt Patterson; 10x7 inches, 144 pgs.
Most anglers are well aware of the popular game fish that inhabit the Northeast, including the largemouth bass, the rainbow trout, and the yellow perch. But the regions inland waters boast a much broader array of fish than first meets the eye (or hook).
The father-and-son team of David A. Patterson and Matt Patterson have pursued both game fish and bait fish in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. In Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, they describe more than 60 different species, from the well known to the obscure, including the redfin pickerel, the blueback trout, and the slimy sculpin. This colorful and helpful guide includes detailed information on habits, habitats, history, and more.
In order to best capture the look and appeal of these fish in their native waters, most of the images are based on the authors own live catches. The pencil-and-acrylic illustrations render each species in lifelike detail, with close attention given to unique physical characteristics. Both art book and guidebook, this volume will stir some fond memories of fish caughtand a few of those that got away.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
The most delectable catch is Freshwater Fish of the Northeast by David and Matt Patterson. This father-son team from Massachusetts has packed about 50 years worth of combined angling experience inside a 130-page wrapper. The result is so lovely to look at and informative to read that it deserves a less prosaic title that the one it has . . .The Pattersons dont just love the challenge of catching (and usually releasing) fish; they seem in awe of the sheer aesthetic beauty of each and every species.The Sunday Republican (Waterbury, CT)
Father and son fishing buddies David A. Patterson, a retired high school biology teacher in Billerica, and Matt, a professional illustrator, have produced "Freshwater Fish of the Northeast" (University Press of New England), a guidebook to more than 60 species. Matt based most of his illustrations on photographs taken of live catches he or his father made before they set the fish free. Boston Globe's Shelf Life
Combining their shared love of fishing with Daves biology background and Matts art skills, the result is the lavishly illustrated Freshwater Fish of the Northeast."The Lowell Sun and Sentinel & Enterprise
Guide to Northeast Fish "Father and son fishing buddies David A. Patterson, a retired high school biology teacher in Billerica, and Matt, a professional illustrator, have produced Freshwater Fish of the Northeast, a guidebook to more than 60 species. Matt based most of his illustrations on photographs taken of live catches he or his father made before they set the fish free. Boston Globe
Part field guide and part fish appreciation book, Freshwater Fish of the Northeast is an enjoyable way of getting to know the region's aquatic life. Naturalists will especially appreciate the beautiful illustrations that will captivate even those who prefer their fish to come only from the market.Todd McLeish, author of Basking with Humpbacks: Tracking Threatened Marine Life in New England Waters
With complementary skill for lively text and lovely illustrations, David and Matt Patterson are an enviable father-and-son fishing team. They combine tones of language and color to make Freshwater Fish of the Northeast a keeper and a keepsake.Joe Healy, Fly Rod & Reel Magazine
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR:
MATT PATTERSON is a professional illustrator who trained at The Art Institute of Boston.
DAVID A. PATTERSON, recently retired, taught high-school biology for thirty-four years in Billerica, Massachusetts. This is their first book.