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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.)

The Digital Camera: Snell’s Window (the view from a fish’s eye)

When we look at a scene through clear air the rays from all locations arrive through straight lines. Light from parts of the scene that are directly in front of us enters our eyes at an angle of zero degrees; light from parts of the scene that are 45 degrees off to our left enters […]

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Rachel ThorneDecember 11, 2014 - 7:27 am

Figure Permission request: The Digital Camera: Snell’s Window (the view from a fish’s eye) 4 August 2011,, copyright © 2011 Timothy

Pearson Education would like to request permission to use the figure listed above within our new educational publication Edexcel A Level Physics Book 1 by Miles Hudson.

Please contact me so I may forward my letter giving the details of our request along with the figure as we wish to use it.

Many thanks indeed and kind regards
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Rubus Parviflorus

So with the advance in years, if not precisely wisdom, I looked for other things to do to while away the more resolutely riseless hours and avoid the risk of ever becoming bored with my greatest outdoor love. These antiboredom diversions were few at first but presently grew and grew. Chief among them was gathering […]

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robertFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:38 am

not that a no-words picture story needs it, but as a botanist i must inject: “plant names in Latin – Genus species (1st word Caps, 2nd lowercase)! we stay up all night (drinking beed and) worrying about this! /rjl

robertFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:40 am

drinking BEER – BEER I say!! see, I’m all distraught! what the hell is ‘beed’? well I don’t know, but you gimme some, and I’ll drink it!

The Grass is Sweeter

To my mind there is no fairy wand in creation more graceful and beautiful than a good bamboo fly rod. John Voelker Spots Before the Eyes in Trout Madness “If you have the okay to pull the trigger, I would do it and enjoy the rod for the rest of your life. You could get […]

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Jerry KustichAugust 3, 2011 - 2:36 am

Very nicely written piece, Tim. The pics are wonderful too. Adam’s grandfather was an inspiration to my writing. More and more the bamboo rod is the thread that links everything together for me. Enjoy your rod and may there be many more perfect days on the stream. Jerry Kustich

uptroutAugust 3, 2011 - 7:46 am

Thanks for the nice words, Jerry, and thanks for making such wonderful rods. I just watched “Trout Grass” again, and the start-to-finish story of a bamboo rod really is special. Magic wands, indeed.

A Memorable Photograph

Life photographer Robert Kelley took over 1,400 photographs when he visited John Voelker in 1961. I have a reproduction of this one on the wall in my office: (From Life magazine.) The light. The fog. The person. The place. I’ve often wondered how Mr. Kelley felt when he took that photograph. Fifty years later I […]

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The Digital Camera: Snell’s Law of Refraction

In about 140 AD the Greek scientist Claudius Ptolemy compared the direction light traveled in air with the direction it traveled after passing into water, and he recorded his observations in a table that looked something like this: Although Ptolemy presented his results as measurements, historians of science believe he used a mathematical rule to […]

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In Defense of Micropterus Dolomieu

I personally don’t happen to care a whoop for bass fishing or bass; in fact I loathe it and them; but I have no quarrel with the queer people who do, only a sort of bewildered pity. John Voelker The Haunted Pond Trout Madness Your honor, I object. I do so, of course, with the […]

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Jerry DennisMay 15, 2012 - 2:34 pm

I too confess to fondness for the smallmouth, for all the reasons you so eloquently express. And your photos celebrate their subtle beauty, as well. Excellent post, Tim.