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elusive thoughts…

“Thoughts are slippery fish in a cold shallow stream.” Vera Nazarian


free flowing….

“…..Do I change like a river, widening and deepening, eddying back on myself sometimes, bursting my banks sometimes when there’s too much water, too much life in me, and sometimes dried up from lack of rain?…..”  Aidan Chambers

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The rhythm of it all…..

In touch, sensing the flow. The river rises and falls, encroaches and recedes. Sounds from bubbling to roaring challenge you to sense the past and compare it to the present. The rhythm of the river provides an opportunity to find a sense of balance. It doesn’t just happen though. One must stop and truly look and listen. Afternoon winds ripping up river, large boulders crashing below the surface during high water. Little vignettes of backwaters, riffles and seams give clues of the depths, the structure beneath. You are either at one with it or you lose out. An intricate life force that draws you to slow down and see. A chapel, a church, a confessional before you. God’s meeting place…admission is free. No memorizations, tithings or pressures.



At one with……..

The river gets into my being
As I sit here alone in the dawn
It’s wonderful, beautiful feeling
I feel like I’m being reborn
Oh what a sweet combination
All this morning, and nature, and me
I’m in love on this wonderful morning
Just me and this sweet mystery.

Peter Duggan, Oh, what a feeling in me



Made in the Shade: Holding below the ladder

It is a noble effort when volunteers and government entities come together in a tireless, almost off the radar, effort to improve habitat for wildlife, to include my favorite…fish. This spot below, has had a great deal of work put into it for several decades, but especially in the last 15 years. Much of this small streams reformation has come with the idea of maybe, someday providing a safe passage for Salmon, Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. Some sightings suggest the noses are pushing in the right direction, upstream into a habitat that has received a lot of wise attention over the years.

photography-stream-shade-crystal springs-portland-SwittersBOn a warm Summer’s day, this shady spot will be a welcome respite. This water, this holding water, is deep enough for Salmon and Trout to hold before moving upstream. The creek is spring fed and pours forth at a nice rate. Caddis danced about the surface of the water.

photography-fish ladder-Crystal Springs-Reed Lake-SwittersBFarther above, the top of the “fish ladder” in marked by this railing, metal work and grate over the narrow ladder shute. To the left are stairs stepping down some dozen or so stairs to make the fish ladder constructed in 2001. I wonder how many fish have made it beneath this grate into quieter waters? 

photography-fish ladder-fish-habitat-SwittersBThis area is in a refuge, closed to all fishing…a good thing.

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Remote Origins Way Upstream

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“We don’t tend to ask where a lake comes from. It lies before us, contained and complete, tantalizing in its depth but not its origin. A river is a different kind of mystery, a mystery of distance and becoming, a mystery of source. Touch its fluent body and you touch far places. You touch a story that must end somewhere but cannot stop telling itself, a story that is always just beginning.” — (John Daniel, Oregon Rivers)


Fly Tying: Exacting Details for Small Fly Patterns

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Tim Barker over at Planet Trout has a never ending supply of small fly patterns that are intelligently designed and reasoned out to the hatches trout dine upon and habitat they hold in. His attention to small details in fly pattern design make one consider the learning process of fly fishing. There are many layers to the sport and a never ending opportunity to experiment  while studying various watersheds.

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Yes, it does make a dimes bit of difference to study the habitat, hatches, fly pattern design and presentation of fly patterns! But, for even more exacting details in a fly pattern visit Planet Trout for many fine examples of well thought out fly patterns.

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This Rainbow Trout was seduced into sipping a small soft hackle in the film during a chrionomid hatch (Caught/Released)


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