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Rubus Parviflorus

So with the advance in years, if not precisely wisdom, I looked for other things to do to while away the more resolutely riseless hours and avoid the risk of ever becoming bored with my greatest outdoor love. These antiboredom diversions were few at first but presently grew and grew. Chief among them was gathering […]

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The Grass is Sweeter

To my mind there is no fairy wand in creation more graceful and beautiful than a good bamboo fly rod. John Voelker Spots Before the Eyes in Trout Madness “If you have the okay to pull the trigger, I would do it and enjoy the rod for the rest of your life. You could get […]

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Quote of the Day

An angler who doesn’t catch any fish, because he uses only dry flies the size of dandruff, often conceitedly refers to himself as a purist. Other anglers refer to him as a loon. Patrick F. McManus Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs Share

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A Memorable Photograph

Life photographer Robert Kelley took over 1,400 photographs when he visited John Voelker in 1961. I have a reproduction of this one on the wall in my office: (From Life magazine.) The light. The fog. The person. The place. I’ve often wondered how Mr. Kelley felt when he took that photograph. Fifty years later I […]

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The Digital Camera: Snell’s Law of Refraction

In about 140 AD the Greek scientist Claudius Ptolemy compared the direction light traveled in air with the direction it traveled after passing into water, and he recorded his observations in a table that looked something like this: Although Ptolemy presented his results as measurements, historians of science believe he used a mathematical rule to […]

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Photos: The Wait and the Reward

I have known many fishermen but never have I known one who could make trout feed when they don’t want to. As the child soon learns his ABCs so the wise fisherman swiftly learns the value of his two big W’s: watching and waiting. That and the rewards of patience. John Voelker Anatomy of a […]

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In Defense of Micropterus Dolomieu

I personally don’t happen to care a whoop for bass fishing or bass; in fact I loathe it and them; but I have no quarrel with the queer people who do, only a sort of bewildered pity. John Voelker The Haunted Pond Trout Madness Your honor, I object. I do so, of course, with the […]

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Quote of the Day

Old fishermen never die; instead they write books about their passion, usually couched in a mournful, elegiac, Thoreauesque prose — withal larded with a sort of dogged jocularity — that old fishermen seem helplessly bound to employ when they put down rod and take up pen and look back on all the trout they slew.  […]

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Protectors of the Trout

Long before the time of Trout Unlimited, the Great Spirit appeared before an assembly of Michigan’s coldwater fish to warn of the Intrusion. The Intruders, the Spirit foresaw, would harvest the grand white pines, sully the clear waters with silt and debris, and obstruct and warm the rivers with massive dams. Most important, the Spirit proclaimed, […]

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The Digital Camera: Where are we going and why?

I am writing The Digital Camera posts for this blog to explain the physical and technical principles that enable much of the magic in modern digital cameras. Although the field of optics is highly mathematical, I believe many of the important principles can be understood by using just a few basic notions from algebra and trigonometry. […]

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Atlantis Found

Way down below the ocean where I wanna be — she may be Donavan Atlantis In March of 2011, National Geographic unveiled a video that documented the findings of a team of archeologists fronted by University of Hartford professor Richard Freund. Armed with ground-penetrating radars, an electrical resistivity tomograph, and advanced satellite imaging methods, the […]

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