Category Archives: People

Growing Older But Not Up

Much of the fun of getting to know a new fishing buddy is the slow and pleasant process of asking questions about their life and answering questions about yours. Where’d you grow up? What do you do for a living? If you could have any superpower, what would it be? That’s the routine Tom and I […]

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It Looked Like He Knew What He Was Doing

I have a friend who casts a fly for neither distance nor accuracy nor stealth. Aside from those limitations, he’s a splendid fisherman. It’s not for lack of strength or dexterity or intellect. Warren is a farm boy from Catawba, Wisconsin, and he has the farm-boy frame you’d expect: bone, muscle and gristle. He learned […]

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Secrets

Fishermen acquire the talent. They start out lying to themselves and, before they know it, they’re lying to anyone who’ll listen.             – Paul Quinnett The latin word for witness is testis, which—according to ancient lore—arose because male Romans testifying in court were required to place one hand over their “jewels” as they swore to tell the truth, the whole […]

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Psalms of the Mad Angler III

Michael Delp The Mad Angler Poems Deep Wood Press   In the dreamtime, millennia ago, the Aboriginal Ancestors in Australia sang up the country, literally walked the landscape and sang it into being. Last night a bird from one of those ancient songs fell into my sleep and left a path through the air, changed […]

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Psalms of the Mad Angler I

Michael Delp The Mad Angler Poems Deep Wood Press   I drink water. I make water. I am a cloud in the flesh, a river eddied in my heart, I speak words and wish they were rain, and every day I wake to trade the liquid behind my eyes for a chance to see past […]

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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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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 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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“They’ve never really been there”

It would be ironic — and a hideous thought to contemplate — if this little book should help bring about the discovery of the “forgotten” Upper Peninsula. Yet I take comfort when I reflect that the people who might find and deflower my native heath rarely hold still long enough to read books.  . . […]

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Rolling a Cast on Frenchman’s

All Hail the roll cast: all fishermen should be required to learn it at birth. I teach it by special appointment, but only on Leap Year Day. John Voelker Anatomy of a Fisherman I think the instructor would be proud of his student . . . (John Voelker’s grandson Adam Tsaloff rolling a cast on […]

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