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In Casting Forward, naturalist, educator, and writer Steve Ramirez takes the reader on a year-long journey fly-fishing all of the major rivers of the Texas Hill Country.

This is a story of the resilience of nature and the best of human nature. It is the story of a living, breathing place where the footprints of dinosaurs, conquistadors, and Comanches have mingled just beneath the clear spring-fed waters. This book is an impassioned plea for the survival of this landscape and its biodiversity, and for a new ethic in how we treat fish, nature, and each other.

Casting Forward  is currently the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Fishing Books as of March 2024.

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In Casting Seaward, author, naturalist, and educator Steve Ramirez expands beyond the
geographical scope of his first two books by traveling thousands of miles by plane, motor vehicle, boat, and foot pursuing the native gamefish of North America’s salt and brackish water
habitats. This journey includes following anadromous fish, like salmon, from the ocean’s depth to the shallowest tributaries of Alaskan rivers and following rivers and streams from their freshwater sources to their brackish water deltas.

In the course of this journey, Ramirez explores and fishes along the American coastline from the
North Atlantic to the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and up the Pacific coast from
California to Alaska. Woven throughout these adventures are the stories of the people he meets
and befriends while pursuing a mutual love of nature and the best of human nature, as the first
criterion for finding common ground. Most of all, Casting Seaward is a celebration of the bounty and beauty of our water-covered planet and a recognition of its increasingly rarefied qualities.

Casting Seaward is an enthralling exploration, an insightful warning and call to action, and an exceedingly hopeful story in an all-too-often seemingly hopeless time. It is a story of fishing and friendship. It is a story of humanity’s impact on nature, and nature’s impact on humanity. It is our story, in this pivotal moment in the history of humanity and the living blue planet we call home.

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In writing this book, author, naturalist, and educator Steve Ramirez traveled thousands of miles by plane, motor vehicle, boat, and foot. In the course of this journey, Ramirez explores and fishes mountain streams, alpine lakes, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, desert canyons, brackish water estuaries, and the rolling ocean off the coast of Cape Cod. About half of this book was written while traveling through the COVID-19 pandemic and it touches on the lessons that COVID can teach us about nature and human nature. In Casting Onward, the author expands beyond the geographical scope of Casting Forward by fishing for native fish across American, within their original habitats and telling the story in part through the eyes of the people who have lived alongside, and come to love, these waters and fish. Woven throughout these adventures are the stories of the people he meets and befriends while pursuing a mutual love of nature as the first criterion for finding common ground. This is a hopeful story, in an all-too-often seemingly hopeless time. It is a story of fishing and friendship. It is a story of humanity’s impact on nature, and nature’s impact on humanity.

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In times when the human world seems to be spinning out of control and out of its mind, how do we find peace, joy, health, community, and wisdom? How do we “struggle well” and turn life’s challenges into lessons learned and strengths gained? In these seemingly loneliest of times, how do we find, gather, and grow our tribe? With everything constantly changing and rearranging, where is home? Casting Homeward is the fourth installment in the series that takes readers on an outdoor adventure of living their best lives while finding meaning and purpose in that brief and beautiful journey.

 

Angler, naturalist, marine veteran, and outdoor conservation author Steve Ramirez takes us on an epic journey retracing the westward expansion of Euro Americans and exploring the legacy and lessons offered by North America’s Indigenous peoples. Traveling thousands of miles by floatplane, drift boat, jet boat, motor vehicle, and on foot, we will experience the wildernesses of Alaska and the Rocky Mountains and travel east toward the hidden treasures still thriving on the edges of New York City.

 

Casting Homeward is an adventure of discovery and a call to action for a better world. This book explores the connections between home and healing, wisdom, and wellness. It calls us to make wiser, kinder, healthier choices for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and our living world. All of this is a series of stories about fishing—and living a meaningful, joyful life.

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