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The heron stands still as the cold air blows in off the Pacific. Patience seems in abundance. Nothing but raindrops and the wind seems to disturb the surface, save for a sea lion in the distance. I watch, I wait, my patience doesn’t match the heron’s. 

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Every Day in May Challenge: Inspiration & Aspiration

Inspired to aspire. It is easy to be inspired by wonderful people. It is harder to take that inspiration and carry out our aspirations toward something satisfying. They are not the same are they? 

At one point in my life, I was inspired by my dad. I have aspired throughout my life to match his sense of duty, courage and to avoid his demons. He was a good man. 

For many years, I worked with much older men. They were great communicators, fearless and they were gentle-men. They inspired me to listen. They inspired me to solve. I have aspired my adult life to maintain the skills of listening and solving and to talk as a gentle-man.

There are several other men and women that have inspired me by their acts and their steadfast dignity and courage. I can only say I aspire to their good deeds, their patience and self sacrifice. Peace of mind, peace of heart. Inspired and aspiring. 

Morning Beauty

The sad thing about the fly fishing scene is there is too often a level of Alpha conduct that precludes really getting to know anyone on an intimate, open level with out a lot of time spent sorting through the posturing. It’s a sport to many. That begs competition and winning. It begs performance perfection. I fly fish for different reasons. That is why I personally abhor fly fishing competitions. That’s not to say I don’t also struggle, even with my own self competition. Bad juju.

Generally, I don’t often see the behaviors that inspire me in this scene. But, please don’t get me wrong. I have corresponded with men and women fly fishers that by virtue of their correspondence and in meetings, I can sense their gentle ways, their generosity and comfort with self. By virtue of their core values and demeanor they inspire me to also aspire toward that easy going, kind way. The other day, I wrote about ‘Patience’ and more patience. My achilles. My nemesis. I am moved by those that exhibit patience, manners and ease. Inspired and aspired….yes indeed.



Every Day in May: Lessons Learned…Basic Stuff


Lessons Learned. Potentially the biggest topic of the whole crazy May Write-A-Thon. But alas, many will be off doing the holiday weekend bit…Memorial Day. So, I will keep it short and sweet.

Patience, Patience, Patience, Patience, Patience, Patience

Whether fishing, camping, teaching, mentoring, sharing, encouraging, loving, waiting, talking, listening….patience. You know if this applies to you or if it doesn’t. You really don’t get too many chances, too many mistakes in this particular part of life. Don’t be a jerk.



At least yearly prepare a checklist of fishing gear, camping gear, survival gear, camera gear, first aid gear. If you fish for multiple species with different rods, reels, gear bags, fly boxes it is important to make sure gear you need for one trip (Steelhead) isn’t stowed away in another gear bag (Stillwater stuff) that isn’t making the trip. Even if you only fish for one species keep the list if you infrequently fish. Things I have forgotten: wading boots, fins, spare spools/lines, raincoat, stocking cap, gloves, camera, fishing license/tags, tippet material, my ass if it wasn’t attached.



Age, injuries, surgeries, dwindling health….take a toll over time. I recall not too many years ago wading against fast thigh high waters, carrying heavy gear uphill, kicking and rowing across a big lake. I have seen a chain reaction because of injuries and surgeries. Most of these are because of car accidents, falls and impacts. Maybe more of those could have been avoided. But, aside from injuries/surgeries/recovery-rehab, there is general fitness that must be maintained as one gets older….do it! 

Life Interruptus

Keep the faith. If you have life’s commitments, ‘bumism’ will end. I use to fish a minimum of one or two days a week for quite a few years. Responsibilities caught up. It became impossible to fish more than a dozen times a year and finally a half dozen times a year. How in the hell can a guy that writes a fly fishing blog fish so few times? I have remarked about it before: parent’s medical conditions, appointments, work, hospice, deaths, estate cleanup, prioritizing family needs…on and on. Time, energy, focus are diverted away. And then, if you have kept the faith small windows of opportunity open. Take a breath. Stand up. Find those old checklists. Reassemble the gear. Keep it simple. Go! My opportunities are finally reappearing. I’m ready. Heck, I’ve been tying enough flies to fill a shop.

See, simple truths…simple reminders. You already knew all this. A refresher of sorts.

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