Monday, August 24, 2020

Still Wading

It has been several years now since I've posted on Blogger. The years have continued to be good to me and, in these curious times, I hope that they have been good to you too. I've found many a view from the streams, rivers, and reservoirs that I won't soon forget and I've had occasion to see my line go tight. I hope to write some more here in the coming days and I invite you back to join me.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016


Around the bend, where the trees arch and overhang the stream as to filter the light through to the water's surface, I saw him.  He was casting an old bamboo rod delicately and short as to not get hung up.  He looked quiet there, settled.  His muted green vest matched his fishing hat.  His waders were a dark cream color.  I thought to call out to him but I knew he would not hear me over the sound of the running currents, all dissecting and rejoining again, as they do on the river.  Like us.  Disecting off on new adventures, moving swiftly around obstacles.  Sometimes swirling and being stifled for a moment in a back eddy, but always somehow managing to rejoin again.  That's what the water does in it's perpetual run to the ocean. That's what we do in our perpetual run.  Surely, there is an ocean for us.  That may be where I see him again.

I hope to rejoin with you all again in 2017.  This past year had me disecting off on new adventures and, at times, held up in some back eddys.  The water, however, was always there.

Happy New Year and tight lines.

- Mike


Monday, May 23, 2016


So proud. And fishing really has nothing to do with it and everything to do with it all at once.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Trout Town USA - Coming Up Roses

The fishing was poor as the grey dusk and cold mist fell over the Beaverkill.  There were caddis flies and rising fish, not many, skittering off of the water.  Maybe tomorrow.  The young trip was colorless so far; dank and muted.  That is until my company arrived just before dark fell overhead.  "I already got the beer," I reported. (Roscoe Beer Company

"Well alright, alright," he said.

We did what we do on trips like these; we sat around the fire and caught up with no interruption.  We talked, we laughed, we drank and ate like earlier versions of ourselves.  The fire was the epi-center of our universe.  The sound of the current behind us and the strum of the guitar rang out over the site.  The color rushed back into the trip like red must rush into a rose.  

The next morning got us some good advice from a guide (Catskill Flies) who happened to sell me some flies the day before.   Sometimes an egg sandwich in the right place at the right time does wonders.  Hell, I didn't know he ate his breakfast here.  Lucky us.  Off we went.  The rest, as they say, came up roses.

Fish on!

Happy campers.

Bring Me Roses - An original tune by yours truly that I strummed that evening.  

Hope your spring is coming up roses as well. -- Mike