Yearly Archives: 2013

Marginal Water for Trout

(or How I Caught the Largest Trout of My Life) “Where can I catch a big trout?” people sometimes ask, undoubtedly mistaking me for a person who is smart enough to know and dumb enough to tell. Our subsequent dialogue normally transpires like a scene from All the President’s Men: “Follow the money.” “What do […]

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A Future Fly Fisher

But it required a few years before I perceived what a science teacher’s job really is. The goal should be, not to implant in the student’s mind every fact that the teacher knows now; but rather to implant a way of thinking that will enable the student, in the future, to learn in one year what […]

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Small Stream Sisu

Steelhead are not native to Lake Superior. They have, however, made their homes in the great lake and its tributaries since the late 1800’s. In the minds of some local anglers, this fabricated fishery is a simple two-stage process: put and take. For others, it’s a more nuanced affair. The states of Michigan, Wisconsin and […]

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Jerry’s Rod

My friend Adam—the same Adam who persuaded me to buy my first bamboo fly rod by pointing out that life is short and I could get run over by a moose tomorrow—began his note with a query that would have made my wife’s hair bristle had she read it: “Lusting after any new rods lately?” […]

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Sweetgrass Versatility

In the sprawling territory between Princeton and Cornell, a storied river cuts and bends its way through land that is as wild today as it was when John Voelker called it “a forgotten region which was virtually ignored in the westward surge of population.” The river is home to the Upper Peninsula’s native bass and […]

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Sandhills

“Somewhere in the summer distance, I can hear the Sandhills cry” Ben Winship WAITING ON THE EVENING RISE  (click on the photos to enlarge) Share

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When Spinners Fall

A strong emergence of drakes for three straight days. Then, finally, a warm evening. Love was in the air. (click on the photo to enlarge) Share

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A Simple Plan

I’ve read that a little brown bat eats as many as 1000 mosquitoes in an hour and a dragonfly eats hundreds per day. Some bird-house manufacturers have claimed that Purple Martins eat thousands per day, but that turns out to be a not-so-subtle deception intended to hoodwink desperate consumers into buying and installing three-story Purple […]

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