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Color It Wild

Living in a drab political climate where the powers-that-be continue to hack away at our natural world for all the usual reasons such as money and self-interest, I’m feeling the need to add some color to this life while trying … Continue reading

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Winter Hike, Mt. Tom

Like many of us these days, I was feeling the tension that resulted from a sense that our country was bursting at the seams. I didn’t feel above the moral degradation that seemed to be plaguing the land, but I … Continue reading

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Three Days in Shenandoah

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, my son gave my wife and me a walking tour of Theodore Roosevelt Island on the tidal flats of the Potomac River in Washington, D. C.  That morning walk on the circuit trail culminating … Continue reading

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Monster Blues and Salmon, Too

The blues I’m referring to are not a giant saltwater fish. They’re a form of musical expression that I find quite useful for moving beyond a disappointing and even frightful political season this November. In a moment or two I’ll … Continue reading

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The Crossing

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.  –Thomas Paine All of the recent rain had made the anglers hopeful and raring to hit Fall Creek on a Saturday … Continue reading

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Right Angle Weekend

It was a three-day weekend with a common theme. It started on a Saturday with a visit to the upper Allegheny River. An overnight rainfall had discolored the water a bit; the forest leaves were brightening with autumn change, and … Continue reading

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Trout Lives Matter

So the carp, posed briefly by the riverside before its release, said to me, and I quote: “So trout lives matter to you, as lives of all scales and colors matter to you, and that’s why you chose to fish … Continue reading

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The Dream Cast: Yellow Dun

1.  James Cecilia is a “wet-fly-only angler” who lives in upstate New York. He contacted me about a mutual interest in the writings of Pennsylvania fisherman, Jim Bashline. Mr. Bashline was a fishing editor for Field & Stream, and author of … Continue reading

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Phoenix Run

I hadn’t fished the stream in 25 years or more. I found myself returning to it when the numbness that resulted from the weekend news transformed into anger, sympathy and sadness. Maybe my visit to the stream was due to … Continue reading

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Landlocked(s)

I was heading to one of my favorite casting locations for big brown trout and landlocked salmon, wondering if the autumn run had kicked in following a decent rainfall. Recalling my tumble in the mountains last week, I was ready … Continue reading

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