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"Close Encounters of the Natural Kind"

Seated here beside the woodstove, rain mixed with hail...

There and Back Again

As a young man, I read Hemingway and Steinbeck, Harrison...

"Reckoning: On Drought and Cancer"

On one of the last lukewarm days of fall, on the tail end...

"Silver Trout"

The skies have remained gray all week. They match the...

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"Fish-Syphus"

Why We Stay Chained to Our Obsessions For the last decade and a half, like Sisyphus, I have rolled a rock uphill. When...

"Kind of Blue"

God and Man and Bluebirds Sometimes change happens to us so imperceptibly, that we become our new selves before ever...

"Leave Something for the River"

There are rivers in my life, so many rivers. Systems and cycles fed by snowmelt and bug hatches, leaf fall and deep...

"Bend in the River"

Seated on a log beside my favorite stream, cushioned by moss that has crept across the bark, I wonder why it is that I...

"Desperately Seeking Salmon Flies"

It’s not even noon and I’ve already broken my first rod of the day. I’d been running a dry-dropper rig through...

"The Legend of White Nose Pete"

Brook trout measured in pounds rather than inches are not uncommon in the Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine, but...

"Spring Trout"

It’s the second week in March, and there is still snow on the ground, a bit more in those areas under trees. By mid...

"Paradise Lost"

In the daydream, a familiar one that curls softly around my consciousness like a favorite cat, I find myself seated on...