Category: nature

Addicted to Water

71% of the Earth’s covered surface is water. What percent of that water is fresh? a) 2% b) 5% c) 0.01% d) 10% Answer is at the end. i AM ADDICTED TO THE STUFF. cAN’T GO EVEN HOURS WITHOUT IT. MY MOST FAVORITE SPORT, FLY FISHING, IS DEPENDENT ON IT. MY LIFE, MY FAMILY, MY […]

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Catching BIG Smallmouths

Clouser Deep Minnow Created by Bob Clouser in 1987 for smallmouth on the Susquehanna River, Lefty Kreh made it famous, claiming 87 species caught with it. I think it works well because the hook rides point up, avoiding too many hang-ups, and with stripping it jumps up, then jigs down, like a wounded fish. But […]

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Ten ways I’ve found to slow down time, other than fishing.

1. Watch my grandson play 2. Hold a purring cat close to my cheek 3. Look into the eyes of my Labrador retriever. 4. Make a silly face 5. Hike in the Rocky Mountains 6. Watch a rainbow 7. Listen to a stream 8. Sing a favorite song 9. Tie a fly for a friend […]

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Why would anyone fly fish?

I sit back on a rock, stretch my aching back, watch the snowy glacier feed the crystalline lake at 11,500 feet and wonder why I do this. I’m sore from standing for hours, tired from hiking an hour to get here, thirsty because I didn’t bring enough water, and the fish aren’t biting. It’s enough […]

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Favorite Fly

Here’s the fish I caught on the first hole on my first trip to the Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam. Do you think I might fish with the same fly on this hole again? Yep, I do. Do you have a favorite fly? You know, the one you use when everything else is not working, […]

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