Tag Archives: Allegheny River

Night Flyer/ Test Patterns

I was looking past the evening hatch and peering into the night. At home, I was rereading Jim Bashline’s nightfishing book, subtitled “The Final Frontier,” and preparing for darkness. Bashline’s Night Fishing for Trout is probably the most absorbing read of … Continue reading

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A Trout Lily Was There

I spent a day in the hospital. For two days prior and two days following, I drank from the clear streams and rivers of my life, and they made me well. A trout lily was there. Trout Unlimited and representatives … Continue reading

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More Than Fish, Alone

Back in the day when I read poetry to the public and published lots of stuff in magazines and in books, I had a small but certain following of people who, for the most part, haven’t followed my transition over … Continue reading

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Old Woodenhead

[Old Woodenhead is a likeness of the author, given to him several years ago as a Christmas present from his wife. It was carved by the Coudersport (PA) folk artist, David Castano. O.W. has appeared previously on this blog at … Continue reading

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It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Fishin’)

“He not busy being born is busy dying.“– Bob Dylan The early spring day started off rainy and then turned partly sunny, all the while punctuated by heavy winds. A good day to fly-fish? Following a winter of currents under … Continue reading

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Coming Off the Ridge

I’ve always enjoyed Edwin Way Teale’s four-volume, continent-wide survey of the American seasons, especially the first book, North With the Spring. I reexamined the book recently and got motivated for some hiking, with the goal of finding signs of the approaching … Continue reading

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The Murmur of a Stream

It’s been a long cold winter, and it isn’t over yet. Many rivertop streams are blanketed with ice and snow, and the trout are coping with the change. To get outdoors, away from societal noise and the yapping for attention, … Continue reading

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Green Eggs and…

The oncoming winter gave me a reprieve on Saturday and allowed me to go flyfishing on the upper Allegheny. The temperatures climbed into the thirties and the sun even shone for a while around midday. That’s when I stepped into … Continue reading

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Rainbows in the Rain

I had planned to head out this morning and fish for steelhead, but a mess of things intervened early on and I decided to give the local Allegheny River one more shot instead. First of all, it was raining– lightly but intermittently enough … Continue reading

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The Triple Divide (1)

In an earlier post entitled “Three River Rise” (12/19/11) I gave an introduction to a special hill in north-central Pennsylvania. The hill near Gold, PA is the place where three rivers are born, where three major watersheds share a common … Continue reading

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