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Photos: Frenchman’s Pond

“Frenchman’s Pond is by all odds the most fascinating and frustrating trout water I have ever fished — and I’ve been angling like crazy since before I could spell it.” John Voelker Trout Magic   Share

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Quote of the Day

Fishing, I should have explained, teaches us to perform small acts with care.  It humbles us.  It enriches our friendships.  It cultivates reverence for wild things and beautiful places.  It reminds us that time needs occasionally to be squandered. Jerry Dennis The River Home Share

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The Digital Camera: an Introduction

In the summer of 1826 Joseph Nicéphore Niépce pointed his camera toward the buildings and trees outside the window of his second-floor workroom in the French commune of Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. The camera was a simple device by modern standards: a single lens focused light onto a 20 x 25 cm pewter plate that was coated with […]

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The Last Saturday in April

On the 29th day of April in 2011, over two billion people — one third of the world’s population — watched Catherine Middleton marry the Duke of Cambridge. Among the uncaring four billion, though, I spent the day counting the hours to the opening of Michigan’s 2011 trout season. For the two-hundred eleven days since […]

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The Inspirations: John Voelker and Robert Kelley

Using the pen name Robert Traver, John Voelker wrote eleven books inspired by his life and work in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His fourth book, Anatomy of a Murder, was a best-selling novel whose film adaptation received seven Academy Award nominations.   His two collections of essays on trout fishing in the Upper Peninsula — Trout […]

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The Inspirations: Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams may be the most widely-known artist in the history of photography, but, in addition to the notariety he received for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, Adams had a unique understanding of the physical and technical details of his craft. According to biographer William Turnage, Adams’s technical mastery was the stuff of […]

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