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Evening Frenzy, Morning Calm

Slate Drakes (Isonychia) emerged from evening riffles, and the trout rose hungrily to the surface of the Genesee. Browns and rainbows up to 17 inches long provided a busy outing. In the same stretch, two nights later, there were differences. … Continue reading

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Lil’ Dorothy’s Riffle

1.  Late morning on a wild trout stream flowing through old farmland. The sky sun-bright and cloudless; the air getting warm. The water summer low and tight with vegetation, not exactly promising for the fisherman… And the brown trout? Spooky … Continue reading

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An Adams Will Do

Continuing with my “wings over water” theme of late, I’ve kept an eye out for insect hatches on our trout streams but haven’t seen much yet. Oh, the Sulphur mayflies made an afternoon appearance on Cross Fork Creek. A few … Continue reading

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Wings Over Water

There were plenty of quiet moments at the book signing event, so I was glad to have some fly-tying stuff on hand. My books were piled up on the corner of a table in the store; my vise stood before … Continue reading

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Something Out of Nothing

A ray of light shot from the December darkness that surrounded me for a while. My son Brent and Catherine Rothwell, from Warrenton, Virginia, were married on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington D.C. on December 23rd. The … Continue reading

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The Blown Fuse, No Coffee, Fly-Tying Blues

Three lost souls scurried across Slate Run village at dawn. One of them balanced a coffee-maker in his hands, a precious cargo filled with dry coffee and water to brew. A fuse had blown at their small cabin when the … Continue reading

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Then Tie On

I was in a non-productive funk, unsure of where my next blog post would be coming from, and feeling boxed-in from the icy weather. One aborted post concerned the use of my wood-splitting maul versus saying no-thanks to the shopping … Continue reading

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Crow Messengers: Get Back

Crows have been drawing my attention lately. Driving along the Ridge Road in the afternoon I’ve watched hundreds of them feeding and cavorting over freshly manured fields. These most intelligent of birds, these common and adaptable, ubiquitous creatures seem a … Continue reading

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