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Old Woodenhead Skates on Thin Ice

Old Woodenhead was on the Allegheny River by noon. The weather had become more seasonal, turning sharply colder, with air temperatures peaking at less than the freezing mark. Winter fly-fishing is an exercise in patience and layered clothing, he thought. … Continue reading

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The Inspection Sticker (“He Won’t Get Drunk No More”)

[Please stand by… My annually renewed “Inspection Sticker” for this blog, the sticker that assures safe rambling for one and all, has run its course. I’m off track as the winter season bottoms out and I’m forced to stay inside. … Continue reading

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The Sixties (Deja Vu, Again)

[The rivertop freeze is taking its sweet time to unbuckle and depart. Not much I can do about it except to keep piling on the wood, and to write. Fly fishing? It’ll be a while. But this is a workingman/woman’s … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait at Zero Degrees

“They say the working class is dead, we’re all consumers now/ They say that we have moved ahead, we’re all just people now/ There’s people doing ‘frightfully well,’ there’s others on the shelf/ But never mind the second kind, this … Continue reading

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Water Nymphs

Most fly-fishermen are aware of “nymphs,” the immature stage of numerous insects that develop in the water. Many anglers fly-fish with a “nymph,” often allowing their imitative lure to drift along the current of a stream or river at some … Continue reading

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Still Life With Trout

The Lily Pool I parked the car, suited up, and walked the half mile distance to the stream along abandoned railroad bed. I turned and crossed a field of chest-high goldenrod then dropped to the water like a sinner to … Continue reading

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Fear of Fly-Fishing

Fear #1: I had a personal day off from work to try a little fishing. I hadn’t foreseen an allergy problem, or the wet, humid weather, or the full moon, or the promise of heightened solar flares. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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