To tie or not to tie – that is the laborious question.
Laborious, yes, it can be, but the labor can also – and does – produce a sense of accomplishment few things in my life have provided.
Many, many years ago in my life as a budding journalist, I wrote a column titled, “Every trickle of water.”
It was literal as well as metamorphic -- my search for trout through my life's journey....
Do you ever think about how you fly-fish?
How you approach it.
How you accomplish it.
How you talk about it.
How you prepare.
How you are in your head thinking about how you will fish when you get to...
People you find yourself with in a fishing boat are an instant kindred spirit – whether you recognize it or not.
It does not matter the craft – a rowboat, drift boat, party boat – there is a com...
It's odd, but as we set our sights on a new year, memories often flood to the surface.
And I've found that the memory of each successive outing and experience is savored a bit more than the last.
Two hundred dollars...
That is still a lot of money, but in 1984 it was a lot more, and it was quite an extraordinary gift I received from my father, who was a working class, blue collar, hourly-wage ...
Have you ever noticed what there is to notice?
It all happens along the journey that is your life, and it can be so uplifting, inspiring -- and merely normal.
Perhaps it is just a matter of seeing w...
A call to cast in the cold - wintertime approaches:
Winter fishing means ice-fishing to most people.
But the fly fisher knows a different reality.
It can be one of beauty and satisfaction despite t...
Feel is an intrinsic part of fishing, especially fly-fishing.
First, there is the physical sense of feeling -- touching the real stuff and, well, the “reel” stuff.
You begin a fly-fishing outing b...
There are many levels of what I will loosely call "fun" when it comes to casting artificial flies to catch a fish.
All are fun, of course; they are just experienced differently as you climb through th...