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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.)

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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austinNovember 8, 2013 - 9:14 am

Your place will be valueble for me. Many thanks!

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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Herk HessJanuary 21, 2017 - 1:32 pm

Most of my better memories were forged in and around Alger County.

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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O'fieldstreamAugust 27, 2012 - 11:42 pm

Well Tim, I does sure look like we need to meet on one of my trips north to Traverse City and fish. I really liked this story … and have just discovered your blog. I’ll be doing a bit more reading. So might see some more comments bearing the O’fieldstream signature.

I have a very old, very original Orvis Battenkill that my grandfather owned. I need to get it restored – though it’s in great shape – and start using it. Oh the stories THAT ROD could tell. Maybe I’ll have to jot a few of them down.

Be seeing you in the FB Zone and reading here amongst the Magic and the Madness.

Best –

uptroutAugust 29, 2012 - 4:21 pm

O’fieldstream — thanks for the nice comment. Getting that Orvis rod restored would be a great personal investment, especially because it belonged to your grandfather. Welcome to the site, and I look forward to more of your comments.