Posted in Environmental

Climate Change: A Time to Act

I came across a timely article in Conservation Hawks. Called “A Time to Act”, it was written by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia), Craig Matthews (Blue Ribbon Flies), Tom Rosenbauer (Orvis), and Todd Tanner (Conservation Hawks). Conservation Hawks is a non-partisan group of hunters and fishers united by a desire to pass…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Greetings and Departures

My nephew Matt and his fiancee Jen left yesterday morning for a return to St. Louis after spending a week’s vacation with us. I drove them to the airport and we said our goodbyes in the drop-off area. There was a quiet but very apparent sadness as we hugged and…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Fly Fishing and the Zen of Bathroom Fan Repair

Fly fishing and the repair of a bathroom exhaust fan may seem to be unrelated. But if fly fishing does present each of us with lessons for living a better life, then perhaps those same lessons can be applied to something as mundane as fixing a bathroom exhaust fan. We…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Tips on Getting Your Fly Fishing Photographs Published

I came across this article by Zach Matthews, where he offers tips on breaking into commercial magazine photography. Zach focuses not on tips for photographic artistry or hero shots but on the essential business aspects of commercial photography. In general, focusing only on the former means someone is a talented…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Fishing Locations

Father’s Day 2014

I have always thought of Father’s Day as one of the holidays manufactured for commercial purposes – though in reality all current holidays, which in Old English were holy days intended for religious observances, are now little more than retail opportunities intended to separate coin from consumer. Thanksgiving is the…

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Posted in Fishing Locations

Tacoma Narrows Morning

I went to the Narrows park this morning. Got there just after a high tide and no one was there. Gearing up I put a chum baby on my leader and walked down to the beach. Moving to the right I started seeing fish jumping to the near left. It…

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Posted in Fishing Locations

Mother’s Day Fishing

This year was a slow start to fishing for me. Poor weather, cold, other priorities kept me out until today. I was able to get up for an early Mother’s Day visit to my local beach. As it turned out, it was an outstanding start to 2014 fishing. I used…

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Posted in General Comments

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Since we moved to Gig Harbor last year, we’ve tried to become part of the community by participating in the annual events that are part of life here. Yesterday was one such event – the Gig Harbor Beer Festival. The festival was held at the Pavilion in Uptown (next door…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

The Sculpture of Fly Casting: Eliminating Shock Waves

I think the mastery of fly-casting is like a sculpture. The initial stages of learning and practice knock off the rough edges to form the outline of a fly caster. Then with a lot of time and practice the fly caster reaches the competence of an intermediate. An intermediate fly…

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The Rod Breaking Blues

I came across an old post from the Sage Fly Fishing Blog on primary causes of fly rod breakage. As in most things, periodic reminders of the “safety rules” are worthwhile. Of course, most of it is common sense, but most common sense isn’t. One of the ways I hadn’t…

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