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“Truly Gone Fishing”

Recently my son asked, “Where does an old fisherman go when it’s just too cold to fly-fish?” Good question. Lately, with daytime temperatures peaking near the single-digits (Fahrenheit), it’s a little too cold to be standing in water or falling … Continue reading

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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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Good Days

I prepared for the long holiday weekend by assisting middle-school students in the planting of flags at the gravesites of veterans and fallen soldiers. The Veterans Administration Cemetery at Bath, N.Y. is a huge place, with thousands of gravestones on … Continue reading

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Winter Rose

Since the sad news I reported on in the last post, I’ve been happily wrapped up in a wide variety of holiday activities. I even got in a couple hours of fly-fishing in Shenandoah National Park. I spent a week in Washington … Continue reading

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A Light in the Forest

Leaving behind the holiday parties and the jingly shopping marathons, I traveled to the Pennsylvania forest. The unusual December warmth and overcast sky contributed to a feeling of relief and abandon. En route I passed a bald eagle perching near … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge Workout

1. The fly rod that was new for me this past summer wanted a good workout near the place where it was made. That is, the 7’6″ five-weight wanted to go fishing somewhere in the state of Virginia near the shop … Continue reading

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Healing the Wounds

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds… ” —Aldo Leopold In the season of great holidays with all their heightened emotional baggage, we’re all aware of global problems, and … Continue reading

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The Cedar Run Experience, Part 18

I got a break from the weather, frozen days and nights brightening into a Sunday morning with the temperature rising toward the low 40s. I drove to Cedar Run and steered gently toward the headwaters over the icy lane of … Continue reading

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Return of the Kings

I was goin’ down, down, down to the flatlands, headed north, to check on a favorite tributary for king salmon and the browns that follow. No, my destination wasn’t Oak Orchard Creek or the Salmon River– not on Columbus Day … Continue reading

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