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NATURAL RESOURCES THE SCIENCE OF FISHING.

``The Complete Book of Light-Tackle Fishing''

By Mark Sosin (The Lyons Press, 2000), $24.95

As legendary an outdoorsman as the author is, you would have thought he would be just a tad embarrassed to have this 1979 classic re-released without at least a little revision.

Sosin, now best known for his television work as host of the long-running ``Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal,'' is a pioneering outdoors writer as well. Having authored some 30 books and thousands of magazine pieces, he is as one of the first outdoors writers to approach the job not from the angle of ``this is what I did'' but, rather, ``this is what you can do'' and did so skillfully.

This work epitomizes that philosophy, but that's why it's somewhat disappointing. Black-and-white photos that are perhaps 30 years old, the citation of a 1975 study, archaic references to gear and the lack of an index give the whole work a dated feel. Still, Einstein never goes out of style for physicists; likewise, for the most serious and advanced anglers, this dense work, which approaches light-tackle fishing most scientifically, is worth a read.

- Michael A. Anastasi

PARK AVENUE

Headed for a national park near you? At least in the Western United States? Try the American Southwest Web site: ``A Guide to the National Parks and Natural Landscapes of Southwest USA'' (www.americansouthwest.net).

Clicking on several states' links, including Nevada, Arizona and Colorado, directs you to that state's national parks, each of which contain information on the park.

California is also included. That's fitting since there are so many national parks and monuments here. The Yosemite National Park link breaks down certain areas of the park: Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley.

There are also vague but generally handy maps of all the parks highlighted. There's also a nice collection of photos from Yosemite that conjure up thoughts of Ansel Adams.

--A memorial worth checking out: The plight of the doomed Donner Party of 1846 is another historical site featured on the America Southwest Web site (www.americasouthwest.net California/Donner-memorial/stateark.html.

The Donner Memorial State Park is a must-see if headed to Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.

- Chris Cocoles

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Date:Jun 27, 2002
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