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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Catch and Release – Not Enough

Protecting recreational fisheries is not a new concept. Lee Wulff, one of the legends of fly fishing (author, filmmaker, conservationist, and outfitter) wrote about catch and release (versus keeping and killing fish) in 1938. It took many years for catch…

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Posted in Gear

Patagonia Swiftcurrent Wading Pants

This is a short post about Patagonia wading pants I purchased for warm weather wading in Puget Sound

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

George Carlin on Abortion

Now with this week’s Supreme Court decision on abortion, the rights of many young women to medical privacy have been left to the states; unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court ruled the day before that a state (New York) could not decide…

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Posted in Environmental

Yellowstone Faces Accelerating Climate Change

The recent floods around Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and its surrounding areas have been well reported by the national news media. As someone who has made many trips to YNP over the years, including driving through the magnificent Paradise Valley…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

A Reminder From the Smolts

There are a number of principles for fly fishing on Puget Sound for searun cutthroat trout. Two of the more basic principles are: fish only when there is moving water (meaning a good tidal exchange, i.e., “height”); and learn the…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Memorial Day: The Failed State At Home

I have been reluctant to write anything about the racist slaughter in Buffalo New York, where ten people, most of them black Americans, were murdered by a young white racist; or last week’s massacre of 19 children and two teachers…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

What’s Happened to SNL?

Saturday Night Live (SNL) has been a staple of late-night television comedy since 1975. Structured around an ensemble cast, and featuring weekly hosts and musical guests, it has become a presence in most of our lives for decades. That ensemble…

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A Great New Star Trek Series?

With all that is threatening us, whether war; climate change; the economy; or the next round of Roe v. Wade, one needs a reminder that the future of humanity is not all hopeless – even if the road ahead is…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Follow Up on The Moron Thing

I had gotten a comment on my earlier post, and as it questioned opinion rather than an issue of fact, I thought it appropriate to respond in much more depth to a wider audience. It goes a good deal deeper…

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Posted in General Comments

Tom McGuane on the Meaning of Fly Fishing

Tom McGuane has had a storied career as a writer and wild man of some renown. Six years after graduating from Michigan State University, he published his first well-received novel, The Sporting Club. Selling the screen rights enabled him to…

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