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The Fighter Still Remains

The previous evening the old man had sat on a bench while...

Three Rivers I love... and a Lake I Hate

So here’s why I hate the lake. It was a calm morning a...

The Shadow King

I first saw the fish the previous summer. It was on a...

Gardenhäckle

Fly fishing is a philosophical pursuit. It is more an...

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In the Land of Nod

Bonnie Brook is as much a state of mind as it is a clear running stream that is home to a wild strain of trout. It is...

February Thaw

As I grow older the winters seem to last longer. With the temperature rising into the forties on this first week of...

A Distant Note of Sadness

An unsullied creek is a rare thing, and an unsullied creek with brook trout much rarer. For most of North America, at...

"Close Encounters of the Natural Kind"

Seated here beside the woodstove, rain mixed with hail pinging against the windows, I’ve been thinking about...

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...