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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Thinking About January 6th, 2021

Looking back over the last year, it’s clear that any hope that the 1/6/21 riot at the US Capitol would have resulted in positive change was never going to be realized. Both political parties who could have, and should have,…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Mend

This is a video that’s nominally about fly fishing and traumatic brain injury. But it’s so much more. It’s about hope. And as 2022 begins with all the same perils and terror that we saw in 2021, maybe a message…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Buon Natale Feliz Navidad And for our friends across the globe, Счастливого Рождества Shèngdàn jié kuàilè کریسمس مبارک With all the tensions in the world,  we must hope all nations can find a way to live in peace…

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Posted in Environmental

A Catastrophe in the Making UPDATE

UPDATED:  Late on 12/1/21, flows were restored through the Hebgen Lake Dam by Northwest Power.  It will be some time before fisheries biologists will be able to assess the amount of fish kill. Hebgen Lake Dam in southwest Montana is…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

False Casting Isn’t Fishing

Many fly fishers spend too much time with the fly in the air and not in the water.  They spend their time false casting; on either forward or back casts, they wait until the line is almost completely unrolled and…

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Posted in Environmental

Listen to the Dinosaur

What a clever way of delivering this message:

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections Environmental

New West Fantasy Lands – A Reflection

In my last post, I wrote of the growth issues facing Greater Yellowstone and, specifically, Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. These can always be topics fraught with a sense of self-interest, and mixed with elements of envy and resentment. Seeing…

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Posted in Environmental

New West Fantasy Lands

Imagine planting Minneapolis on Bozeman, Montana. The image above depicts what the results. But that might be more than a fanciful proposition. With its current population growth, Bozeman and the Gallatin valley, population approximately 105,000, could reach a population of…

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Posted in Gear General Comments

A Celebration of American Manufacturing

October 1st is the start of the new fiscal year for many companies as well as the US Government. This year, it is also Manufacturing Day – typically celebrated on the first Friday in October each year. Manufacturing Day was…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Class Reunion – At a Distance

Last weekend, my high school graduating class celebrated its 50+1 anniversary. (Our actual 50th anniversary was 2020, but was postponed due to the Virus of Unknown Origin). Due to a conflict, I was unable to fly back to St. Louis…

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