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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Hedges: The Politics of Cultural Despair

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, has written much better than I did on the subject of my last post. His is a jeremiad about the corporate state and the risks it poses to life on Earth and our continuance as a civil society. You can read his post from…

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Confronting the Abyss

“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken The next “election for America’s soul” is taking place in two weeks on November 3rd, through whenever…

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Posted in Environmental

Pebble Mine Update

Orvis has an update on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. Pebble Mine would threaten Bristol Bay and its world-leading sockeye salmon run. With Trump facing less than 100 days before the election and possible (but not certain) end of his term, it’s clear the administration will do everything it…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Trump Truck

Yesterday, we saw a truck similar to the one shown above when we passed through Belfair, Washington; the truck we encountered had two American flags.  We were returning from a day trip to Twanoh State Park where we had taken our dogs for some exercise and for us to get…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Fishing Locations

Summer Break

Yesterday, Terri and I went north about five miles to Olalla for a couple of hours of fly fishing. Down the stairs near Al’s Market (now closed – hopefully only temporarily) and then along the beach. We hoped to catch the outgoing tide so we arrived near the lower high…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Sorting Marabou

Marabou is a feather used in fly-tying. Primarily used as wings or tails – and around here it’s the most common tail for saltwater streamers , its soft consistency gives it lifelike movement when the fly is retrieved through the water. Marabou originally came from an African stork of the…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Foundationless Opinions by Tom McGuane

Reading an essay by Tom McGuane is always a pleasure. This one, from The Longest Silence (published 2001), is about how people choose fly rods. What should seem to be a logical process mostly isn’t. EVERY FLY FISHERMAN has an unreasoning view of fly rods; and I am no different….

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Revolt of the Halfwits

The COVID-19 virus has shattered the health and wealth of the American people. Over 30 million have filed for unemployment benefits, 70,000 of our citizens are dead, and there is no end in sight. And ominously, a Trump administration model estimates 3,000 daily dead by June. The majority of people…

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Posted in General Comments

What About Fly Fishing?

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post related to fly fishing. The reason is simple: there is no fly fishing in Washington right now. Recreational fishing is closed until May 4th. I’m watching videos about fly fishing in tropical locations and tying flies. Working on some new flies…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Living in Isolation: Sub Lessons

I’ve watched a number of news reports on the challenges people face while living under stay-at-home directives. It is indeed difficult to live in close proximity to other people (even loved family members) for extended periods. But after serving in the US submarine force, I believe there are rules to…

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