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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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A Fish Called Dave

Non semper ea sunt, quae videntur; decipit Frons prima multos. Phaedrus Book IV, Fable II “Have you named it yet? I’d be honored if you’d name it Dave because I feel like I know it now, too.” Dave from Sweetgrass was alluding to a brown trout whose allure was swiftly eroding my already meager capacity […]

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Voelker’s Nijinsky

“It sounds like you’re sunk. Does your wife understand that this isn’t just a bamboo rod, it’s the first bamboo rod?” The pronouncement and query came from a man who—while conceding that plenty of people had more skill with and knowledge about bamboo rods—once wrote that “no one loves them more” than he. I had […]

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The Greenhorn

I had just threaded my line through the guides, attached a fly to my tippet, and was ready to cast when the uninvited fisherman emerged from the curtain of alders near the river’s bend. In a rushed act of desperate deceit, I hooked the fly to one of the rod’s guides, tightened the line around […]

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The Year that Was

Here is a brief review of the first year of Madness and Magic in a video slideshow set to the tune of Upstream from the excellent album Fishing Music by Ben Winship and David Thompson. I look forward to documenting more of the adventure in 2012. For better viewing select 720p(HD) and fullscreen, or try […]

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Anatomy of a Weekend

Cast of Characters ADAM, John Voelker’s quick-witted grandson TIM, the bumbling photographer and flailing fisherman BROOK TROUT, the foolish and unwary native Scene One: The Internet Prologue (Email exchange, day one.) ADAM Tim, I’m thinking of coming up to camp for this weekend. If you are free why don’t you come down and we can […]

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The Last Day

As the sun sank behind the large maple at the end of our driveway, the Last Day morphed into the Last Night and I sorted through the last of the photos. Now I was trying to tell the story. . . . What could I do, that’s never been done before? What can I say, […]

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