Rogue River Reprieve

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Paul Hoobyar

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For Beck Stoddard, being a wilderness fishing guide on the Rogue River is a dream job. But after rescuing a woman off a whitewater rapids, he learns she’s part of a group intent on stopping an acid leachate mine from reopening in the lower Rogue Canyon--and she leads him on a new kind of adventure.



Short Summary

The protagonist, Beck Stoddard, is about to embark on the final four-day fishing trip of the season. His clients are eager to win the betting over who catches the most fish. Beck provides them with a greater vision and experience of the trip as he points out the raw beauty of the river.

Beck has grown to know the importance of stopping the multi-national corporation from re-opening the mine. As he looks downstream while he boats out of the canyon, he has a new vision for what his future, and the fate of the wilderness river he loves, will be.


Rogue River Wild and Scenic River, Oregon

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Beck Stoddard

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Decisive,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Jenna McMurty

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Decisive,Outspoken,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Skip

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Adventurous,Faithful,Educated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Ron Wrunkle

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Villainous,Power Hungry

Development Pitch

Beck Stoddard thinks life as a wilderness fishing guide is the cat’s meow. He spends his days floating the Rogue River’s wilderness noting the color changes of the maples and lichens in the fall, or the movement of high country bucks into the canyon in rut, and the thrill of seeing salmon return each spring. Wood drift boats are his preferred craft, and boating the Rogue’s rapids keeps his mind honed and his reflexes tuned. Putting his clients onto salmon and steelhead has burnished his knowledge of how these silver-sided beauties migrate from the ocean salt to the crystalline waters of the Cascade Mountains to spawn and nourish another generation. But when Beck rescues a woman off the Rogue’s biggest whitewater rapids and learns that she’s part of a group intent on stopping an acid leachate mine from spewing poison into the lower Rogue Canyon, he embarks on a whole new adventure, one that pits him and his companions against a faceless, corporate adversary. This story is set in the Rogue Wilderness and much of the story takes place on the river. The whitewater rapids, wildlife and beauty of the canyon provide a stunning backdrop for the narrative and action. The protagonists' adventures in this setting will show well on the big screen or TV. The beauty of the wilderness also undercores the protagonists' struggles to stop a multi-national corporation's plans to open an acid leachate mine that threaten the ecology and health of the river.

About The Author

Paul Hoobyar worked as a fishing guide, whitewater kayak instructor, and adventure travel writer in the Pacific Northwest for two decades. He received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Oregon. He lives in Oregon, where he continues to boat rivers, fly-fish, and support healthy ecosystems and free-flowing streams.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: New Outcomes Publications

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available