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  • Welcome

    "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.)

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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Diane MienkDecember 28, 2011 - 6:53 am

Love this Tim!!!!! Thanks for sharing

kevinJanuary 9, 2012 - 9:21 pm

just awesome. It feels like im looking at a picture diary of my own summer.

Royal Wulff aka MikeFebruary 13, 2012 - 9:18 am

Fly fishing + photography + prose + John Voelker + UP Michigan = an irresistible combination. You have another RSS follower Tim, look forward to your adventures in 2012. mike

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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Jeff @ The Freshwater FlyOctober 18, 2011 - 5:52 pm

Very nice report… awesome pics!!!

JeffDecember 3, 2011 - 10:21 am

That was great guys! You ever thought of publishing a book? Hours of winter time entertainment!! Great pics !

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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Rich Vander VeenOctober 6, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Terrific fun, hearing the voices of two beloved Michigan writers!

Both pals, and tremendous human beings who know how to set into words the laughter of the streams, the joy of old friends and the fun we share on a trip to fish together. The sounds, scents and songs of trout fishing…

The spirit lives on through all of us; a legacy that requires us to exceed expectations!

uptroutOctober 6, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Thanks for the comment Rich — I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. I hope all is well, and I hope we get a chance chat and cast together soon.

Chad PastotnikOctober 6, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Little things like this make the passing of the season more bearable. Nicely linked thoughts from two talented native sons. Thanks.

Norris McDowellDecember 28, 2011 - 10:30 am

Thanks for reminding me of the magical afternoon I spent with John Voelker and Jerry Dennis at Frenchman’s Pond.

That was long ago–of course–but in my mind it is today.

Norris McDowell

The Digital Camera: The Spherical Lens (Part I)

We recently examined the way a spherical glass surface focusses light; however, this focussing property is not unique for light that travels from air into glass. Instead, this phenomenon occurs anytime light travels between two surroundings separated by a spherical boundary. For light that originates from a point source, the general equation that specifies the relationship […]

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The Digital Camera: Refraction by a Spherical Surface

Having learned about refraction in our recent posts, we can now begin to appreciate the imaging capability of a lens by applying the principle of Snell’s law to understand the way in which a glass surface can bend light rays to form an image. To see how this works, we first think about a cylindrical piece of […]

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Solitude Lost

The Middle Branch of the Escanaba River begins northwest of Humboldt, Michigan and flows south and east until it joins the East Branch just below the the town of Gwinn. Highly oxygenated riffles, pools the size of small lakes, spring-fed tributaries, and an abundant supply of food make the resident trout happy which, in turn, causes […]

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James DeloriaAugust 20, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Nice Tim. Good memories. Can’t wait for that pic of the three of us with the sign.

James DeloriaAugust 20, 2011 - 4:20 pm

Nice Tim. Good memories. Can’t wait for that pic of the three of us with the sign!