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    "Doubtless the biggest reason why fishermen make such gay and charming companions, such stimulating fellows to have about, is their bubbling willingness to talk about anything under the sun -- so long as it concerns fishing. With themselves in a stellar role. And when they aren't fishing or running on about fishing they prefer to read or look at pictures about fishing. Between seasons some of them even write books about their passion."

    John Voelker
    Anatomy of a Fisherman

    On these pages I'll tell tales and share knowledge about two of my most maddening passions: photography and fishing. The tales are largely based by my adventures throughout the abundant territory of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and most of those adventures are inspired by a small-town attorney who taught me that "so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant -- and not nearly so much fun."

    (You can use the 'Categories' links to filter this material if you are interested in viewing only the fishing posts or the digital camera posts. Of course, I invite you to read them all.)

How to Catch the Biggest Brook Trout of Your Life

I don’t normally do how-to essays. My way of doing something might not be the best for everyone, so I worry about feeling bad when someone points out that there is a better way. Just the other day, though, I caught the biggest brook trout of my life. That made me feel good. Really good. And now that […]

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Arthur OfieldstreamJuly 6, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Sound like sage advice to me. Oh ..you sly one you! What a plan. 😉

The Trout Will Let You Know

After Ted Williams watched three balls go by without offering the slightest evidence of a swing, the young catcher behind the plate turned and complained to the umpire. “You’re squeezing us, man.” “Listen, bud,” the umpire responded, “when your pitcher throws a strike, Mr. Williams will let you know.” That’s what I thought about as I clipped off Clarence Roberts’ […]

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Mike SepelakJune 15, 2015 - 2:40 pm

A fine story and a great baseball anecdote. Hope home is treating you well, my friend.

Arthur OfieldstreamJune 15, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Most excellent Sir Schulz! Most excellent indeed .. a definite strike down and inside with just enough light to scare the puppies into submission! ‘Tis true .. they WILL let ye know. Loved the tail of the tale. Keep ’em comin’ we’ere all ears. 😉

Jerry DennisJune 25, 2015 - 8:38 pm

You put me right there in the river beside (and slightly behind) you. Ted Williams and fishing go together seamlessly! Beautifully written, Tim.

Last Night I Had a Dream

Last night I had a dream. I dreamed that a three-day rain transformed a famous river into a raging torrent, and when the river finally receded my friend Mike took me fishing. I dreamed that we didn’t catch a fish the first morning, and while we ate lunch along the bank of the river I […]

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JesseApril 27, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Tim, I really enjoyed the day on the water with you and Mike. I thought your “write up” of the event was terrific. The entry in my fishing journal wasn’t nearly as eloquent. Tight lines.

Tim SchulzApril 28, 2015 - 10:27 am

Thanks Jesse. It still feels like a dream, especially the part about the kind and thoughtful stranger who showed us his river.

JesseApril 29, 2015 - 7:56 pm

To be honest, it’s God’s river, but he is gracious enough to allow me to visit it often.

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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Howard LevettJuly 17, 2013 - 9:48 pm

This was an outstanding read!

mickAugust 22, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Great Story! The visual of the monster fish on & line running between your legs is hilarious.

MontyApril 29, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Tim–it was great to meet you last night @ Cabelas. I’ve passed on you address to fellow fishers & tiers. Our conversation stirred my need to visit some of my former haunts—and explore the Yellow Dog. Thanks so much for turning an ordinary evening into a special night.