The Mad Fishicist

A fly rodding, sheep stalking, moose calling, guitar trying, bird watching, fly tying, Katie loving stay-at-home-dad.

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Location: Alaska, United States

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Kaamos Cure

"The fish is swift, small-needing, vague yet clear,
A cold, sweet, silver life, wrapped in round waves..."
-Leigh Hunt, The Spirit

The world outside my home is buried in dark and snow. The waters stopped moving months ago. It's enough to make a fisherman lose his spirit. But a trip South and some open water have reminded me why I fish in the first place: there is life beneath the surface. And the waiting is always rewarded.

Patience always proves there is life beneath the surface.

Thanks to TUG for the advice and to OPAX for the Finnish lesson.

And happy first birthday to TMF.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

In Good Company

"neither this fish nor the salmon are caught with the hook, nor do I know on what they feed."
-Meriwether Lewis, Journal March 16, 1806

When you're shivering thigh deep and you've tied on your hundredth fly, there's satisfaction knowing that Lewis got frustrated with steelhead. It's also helpful to know he was obsessed.

Historians have asserted that Lewis spent the majority of the Winter of 1805 and 1806 at Fort Clatsop in the grips of a deep clinical depression. At least now we know the cause.