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A blip of prosperity at the turn of the 20th century brought American trout to Patagonia, then for a half-century they were forgotten to fight wars and build a nation. Rediscovered by fishermen a half-century later, the fish had grown to epic proportions. In Chasing Rumor, Cameron Chambers chronicles his modern-day pilgrimage to the rivers of Patagonia in pursuit of these legendary 20-pound trout. What started as a trip focused on catching fish became a love affair with the Patagonian landscape, environment, and, mostly, the people. From a business mogul turned B&B owner to a kid determined to save a local trout population, Chasing Rumor is at times the story of a handful of fishermen, and at other times a tale of enormous trout.
Cameron Chambers was born in Helena, MT, where he learned to fly fish as a kid. After working as a fishing guide on Chile’s Futaleaufu River, he decided to return to Patagonia with one mission: to catch fish. During his next five trips to Patagonia, the stories behind the fish became much more interesting to him than the fish themselves. He’s conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, traced down historical leads, met with renowned biologists, and gotten threatened with violence if he did not leave private property more than once. Cameron's articles have appeared in Fly Fisherman, American Angler, Traveling Angler, and other magazines. When he is not fishing in Patagonia, Cameron is a firefighter in Seattle. He has also served as a smokejumper for the U.S. Forest Service.