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In the Land of Nod

Bonnie Brook is as much a state of mind as it is a clear...

February Thaw

As I grow older the winters seem to last longer. With the...

A Distant Note of Sadness

An unsullied creek is a rare thing, and an unsullied creek...

"Close Encounters of the Natural Kind"

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

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There and Back Again

As a young man, I read Hemingway and Steinbeck, Harrison, and McGuane. Along the way, the fly-fishing raconteur Richard...

"Reckoning: On Drought and Cancer"

On one of the last lukewarm days of fall, on the tail end of the hottest summer on record, I took my mother-in-law...

"Silver Trout"

The skies have remained gray all week. They match the landscape as well as my mood. Juncos flit among the cedars like...

"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...