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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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Lords of the Fly

It has been on Earth for at least 50 million years; its fossil ancestors go back more than 100 million years. Its females can live 50 years, with males living approximately 30 years. It is a slow-growing fish, but can…

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Second COVID-19 Vaccine Shot: Minor Reactions

Yesterday (2/23) I received my second COVID-19 vaccine shot at St. Clare’s Hospital in Lakewood. The 20-mile trip was easy and quick – in spite of the morning rush-hour time of my appointment. There were far fewer people this time,…

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COVID-19 Vaccine – First Shot

Through a bit of luck and timing, I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot (Moderna) yesterday (January 23rd). It only took a drive of 20 miles to Lakewood to get to the facility, but it was a quick and easy…

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Bernie’s Mittens

When the news has been grim, as it has been for the last year, humor is desperately needed. And thanks to Bernie Sanders, some of that humor has been found. Bernie’s wore mittens, and his only warm jacket, at Biden’s…

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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…

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Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  Be grateful for all those you know and love. And those who know and love you. Be grateful to be alive. And if you’re curious how the turkey fly is tied, read here.

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Land of the Free

I’ve lived and traveled in the western United States for over 40 years. In that time, I’ve traveled parts of the Oregon Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail. I’ve been to the areas where Indian wars were fought and…

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Chauvinist Flyfishermen

Amanda Monthei is an outdoor writer, flyfisher, skier and a wildland firefighter. In her latest blog post, she describes her experiences representing The Flyfish Journal at fly fishing shows in New Jersey and Atlanta. In particular, she describes her encounters…

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Merry Christmas 2017

May you have the best Christmas ever!

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