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"Settling Into Summer"

I’m hiking down a path, one that winds along the edge of...

"Bones"

From the road, the Lamar River winds a twisted, blue path...

The Relentless Pursuit of Fish, Reflection, and Creative Opportunity

I cherish moments where I need for nothing, my mind...

"Crazy Beauty"

Sensible people stay inside when it’s 30 degrees and...

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Madness and Big Bluegill

On a basic level, all fly fishing is crazy. I mean, we’re using $800 rods and $400 reels to catch foot-long trout...

A Black and White World

Twice each day, every trout stream in the world turns into a black-and-white movie. This happens just before the sun...

"VQ"

Tom wasn’t a Native American. He was a fisherman. A fly fisherman. He’d been born to the children of immigrants...

"Before the End of Streams"

Shakespeare died at age 52. From that point on he wrote not one new play, at least none has been discovered. St. Joan...

"City Bass"

The other evening, I turned off the television, picked up a fly rod and got into an elevator. Thirty seconds and 1...

"A Fishing Dog"

For 30 years now, I've looked forward to Salmonfly Madness on Oregon's Deschutes River. But I dreaded it this year. I...

"Brook Trout Blues"

A series of snorts, grunts, and whistles emanate from behind a bedroom door that is set along the far wall of the large...

"Return to Riverton"

William Porter stared out the window as the Greyhound rumbled over the stone bridge that spanned the Big Moose River...