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The Beauty of Fish Scales

I came across this post on fish scales (rigid plates that provide protection for the fish). While that may sound like a topic of interest only to an ichthyologist, this is about the aesthetic of fish scales. They are absolutely beautiful. In a world of climate change and climate-change denial…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Life Lessons from Norman Maclean

Scotch or bourbon – with ice, water or club soda. That’s before dinner and those are your only choices. At least that’s one of the rules for alcoholic drinks Norman Maclean (author of A River Runs Through It) gave writer Rebecca McCarthy in her wonderful remembrance of a summer spent…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

The Eleven Nations

The United States today aren’t – united that is. Riven by partisan conflict, lack of agreement on the role of governance in our society, and a loss of faith in the institutions that provide the structure for society – we seem to be fracturing into separate nations. Some states even…

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Posted in Gear

Patagonia Wader Work Station

Fly fishing at its core is a simple sport. Rod, reel (and if using Tenkara not even a reel), line, leader and fly are all that are needed to begin. Throw in a couple more flies – even though Yvon Chouinard spent a year using only one fly, and a…

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Orvis Moment of Chill

Orvis has released a series of short daily videos for this holiday season that are intended to provide a relaxing time-out from the stresses associated with the holiday season; they work just as much for the sturm und drang of the impeachment season. The video below is the kickoff video…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is, or at least should be, a time for a reflection and giving thanks for all we have. This year for me has been more intense than any I’ve experienced. As I’ve written about, the majority of this year has been spent recovering from my heart attack on January…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Now, the Military

As he has done with the Department of Justice and the Department of State, Donald Trump has now corrupted the Department of Defense and the US military. Violating the chain of command and and inserting himself in decisions related to both proven and alleged war crimes means that good order…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Thoughts on Trump and Impeachment

After watching the impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, I’ve been reflecting on the context and the implications for the future. I’ve made a few observations. The first, obvious to most everyone, is that no matter what else, Donald Trump should not be President of the United States. Donald…

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Fly Tying: Journey to Art

Sooner or later most fly fishers begin tying their own flies. There is a certain satisfaction that comes when a fish is caught using a fly of one’s own tying. Turning feathers, fur, and synthetic materials into a fly that catches fish can be a source of pride and accomplishment….

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Rainier, Farewell and Thank You

Having a pet means eventually having to say goodbye. We have just done that with our third dog, Rainier – a mini Australian Shepherd. Rainier had been suffering with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis for the past four days. With no improvement, we made the hard but necessary decision to have him put…

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