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May the Rivers Never Sleep

May the Rivers Never Sleep

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Authors: Bill McMillan and John McMillan

Bill and John McMillan share a view of rivers, salmon, steelhead, and the Pacific Northwest. The father and son have found a common bond in rivers, and this bond is clearly reflected in their writing and photography. Few people are so enamored with the life and history of rivers and salmon.

The essence of May the Rivers Never Sleep is the physical and biological tapestry of river time—month by month, a concept fostered by Roderick Haig-Brown. Well-respected anglers in their own right, Bill and John have spent thousands of hours viewing rivers and fish, above and below water. Their revelations from snorkeling in rivers have led to its spread as a tool of science to protect fish, rivers, and related wildlife. The essays and gorgeous photographs in this book reflect Bill and John’s lives largely spent on rivers as anglers, naturalists, and scientists—men struck by the wonder of the life of rivers. Pick up this book and be transported to the lush rivers of the Pacific Northwest—anytime, anywhere.

9 x 12 Inches, 152 Pages, All-Color

Published August 2012


Bill McMillan has lived daily beside Washington and Oregon rivers for 40 years, with related published writings, photography, and conservation activism. He was one of the founders of Wild Fish Conservancy in 1989 and its board president for ten years.

John McMillan has been a salmon ecologist for the Hoh Tribe, Wild Salmon Center, and most recently NOAA Fisheries in the monitoring of salmon recolonization related to dam removal on the Elwha River. He has specialized in underwater study of the life histories of salmon and trout with broadly published photography and science writings.


"Drop everything and read this great book." __Ted William's blog, Fly Rod+Reel, Online 9/14/2012; Book & Video Reviews, Neil M Travis, Oct 8, 2012

"highly recommended." Wisconsin Bookwatch, October 2012

"as anglers, naturalists, photographers and scientists – and now, lucky for us, they have compressed their deep knowledge into a beautiful coffee table book." __Mark Hume, January 1st 2013,

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