Category Archives: Commentary

Happy Thanksgiving from MidCurrent

Humility, wonder, optimism, friendship.  Those are just a few of the things we think of when we recognize what fly fishing has given us during this season of thanks-giving. The staff of MidCurrent hopes your holiday season begins with good … more

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“The Angler in Winter”

What anglers in cold climates do in the middle of winter is read about warmer places, writes Monte Burke. “We reflect. We think of seasons past and seasons to come.” Find good books to accompany you until spring comes again, … more

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Musings on Catch and Release

Matt Labash takes on catch-and-release ethics in his recent column in the Weekly Standard. “I don’t know what it says about me that I always feel closest to God when I’m giving His majestic creation a lip-piercing,” Labash writes. “But … more

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Giving Thanks with Matt Labash

In his Thanksgiving column for The Weekly Standard, Matt Labash writes about fly fishing with his sons, the sin of false casting, and his opinion on the laziness of bobbers. He also gives thanks “that after enduring years of this … more

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Considering Jim Harrison

“Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing each other out. We set this house on fire, forgetting that we live within.” (from “To a Meadowlark,” for M.L. Smoker)” ― Jim Harrison Jim Harrison … more

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Tippets: Coldwater Species and Climate Change, Wild vs. Farmed DNA, Roadways to Recovery, Atlantic Salmon Stock, Gila Trout Restoration, Saving Scotland’s Ruddy Duck

Dr. Mariah Meek of Cornell University studies the capacity of coldwater trout species to adapt to a warming climate. Read a recent Q&A with Dr. Meek on her research on trout populations in upstate New York, via The Huffington Post. … more

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Tippets: Saving the Northwest’s Salmon, Colorado’s Gold Medal Waters, Bonefish & Sunscreen, Serving Sustainable Fish, Bluegill Management

For generations, tribes in western Washington  state have depended on salmon runs. This video from Northwest Now features local tribal members and fisheries managers discussing plans for increasing salmon population numbers and conserving habitat. Colorado boasts 322 miles of Gold … more

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Final Fishing Trip with Dad

Jack Ohman, cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, took his father on one last fishing trip. You can read Ohman’s poignant cartoon of the experience in a recent post on the PBS Newshour Blog. Grappling with mortality “is a story that millions of … more

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“The Boat-Shaped Mind”

In “The Log from the Sea of Cortez,” published in 1951, John Steinbeck writes about a six-week boat expedition he made in 1940, gathering marine specimens along the Gulf of California. In an excerpt recently re-published online, Steinbeck pondered the … more

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Trout Fishing: A Line to the Past

At the beginning of another trout season James Prosek examines how fly fishing connects us to our past. “This, I have concluded after many years of doing it, must be primarily why we fish, to satisfy some latent impulse deep in … more

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