Tim Traver | Lost in the Driftless: Trout Fishing on the Cultural Divide
Trtim traverout Fishing in the Age of Trump — exploring the urban/rural divide with a fly rod. Trout fishing in Wisconsin's Driftless Area opens a small window into the growing urban/rural divide in America. The politics of rural resentment is arguably what got Scott Walker (a Tea Party governor elected on a recall vote) and Trump elected thanks to the voters from rural Wisconsin and Michigan counties who showed up at the polls (and the urban voters from Madison, Milwaukee and other urban areas who did not). The Driftless Area in rural southwestern Wisconsin has some of the most productive spring creeks in the world. Author Tim Traver goes fishing with a local self-described "trout regs protester," to look at the social and biological impacts of special regulations designed to promote and protect this fishery as a destination for out of state traveling fly fishers and local anglers alike. The reading and discussion will focus as much on the politics of rural resentment as on trout fishing.
- May 17, 2018