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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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

The Disappearing Beach

The beach was disappearing. Not literally, of course;  it was only the incoming tide that rose and covered much of what had been a wide open beach a few hours earlier. I had come down to the beach for a…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Random Musings

With so much going on around us,  I decided to use a single post to gather my thoughts. First, the elephant in the room is the collapse of the American empire in Afghanistan. This was always going to happen, as…

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Posted in Gear

Hazy August Line Testing

August is not always the best month for beach fishing on Puget Sound. The kelp and seaweed in the waters along the beach and near the shore cling to fly lines and flies, meaning many casts fling green stuff into…

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Posted in Environmental

Big Sky, Green River

The planet is burning, and the arsonists are in charge – so says an environmental writer. Difficult to disagree with that assessment. Another reality is the rivers of the West are dying and the same class of people – the…

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