Column: Of Words and Warmth

They say the next best thing to fly fishing is reading about fly fishing. I’m not exactly sure who “they” is but maybe that’s the point. No one has to take responsibility if it’s nonsense. The they is some ambiguous body of people who makes up a lot of phrases that we use today. They…

Fishing for a good life…

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – I came across a short video of one of my favorite writers, John Gierach, talking about what it is to be a fishing writer. In the clip, he’s driving to go fishing, so it wasn’t the contrived interview in a stuffy room miles away from where the interviewee wants to be….

Turn a good trip bad with these steps…

I had a bad dream the other night. It happens once in a while, but most of the time mine are so nonsensical I either forget or dismiss them. As much as I’d like to dream about epic specifics – a 70-pound king salmon, Bill Heavey writing the foreword for the book I have yet…

Quotable – John Gierach

No doubt. “The solution to any problem – work, love, money, whatever – is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”  – John Gierach

Everything but what I need

I’m not sure how, but the other day I forgot that my truck would be glazed by the overnight air and thus failed to allot a few extra minutes for that segment of my morning. I started the engine, turned up the defroster, retrieved my morning newspaper from the frosty gravel driveway, re-entered the truck…

The gift of good words

One man’s off-season is another man’s steelhead season. I’d like to claim the latter, but since I have yet to swing for steelies, I must claim the former. If you’re like me, even when I do get the time to dip myself into frigid water or chilly lakes, it will still be obvious my fishing…

Well what about this?

There is a definite irony in fishermen, hunters and general outdoorsmen having and updating blogs frequently. I mean, aren’t we the ones that are the biggest advocates for lives afield? Unplug, get out, we say, then we come home to our computers, log on and type bursts – funny. I guess it shows how much…

Last day at Knights Ferry?

Spent 11 hours at Knights Ferry today. I caught some fish, lost some fish, got squirted by rafters with water cannons; read my new Gierach book on the shore, fell asleep on the shore then woke up to ants sleeping in my leg hair. Pretty good day. Had success with the usual hare’s ear and…