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Writing: Norman Maclean’s Magic

True Religion SB2Whether it is just that certain moment in life when events come clear or hindsight that provides wisdom and clarity, Norman Maclean has always resonated with me for those reasons. There, for me, is something quite magical about the man’s ability to paint a word picture that goes beyond the mind and into the heart, the gut, the soul. A few excerpts from A River Runs Through It.

“Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.”

“One of life’s quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a floating ash.” 

“Many of us would probably be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect” 

“The hardest thing usually to leave behind, as was the case now, can loosely be called the conscience.” 


Light Deprivation & Transition into Winter…Ugh


This is a difficult time of year for me. My mind is still awash with Summer and warmth and a sense of health. Fall closes in and darkness ensues and I realize I would have been a terrible cave dweller.  I wasn’t done enjoying the warmth, light and energy of longer days. I certainly wasn’t done fondling fish!

It’s right there before me…sort out the Winter gear. Start planning those Winter steelheading trips. Solitude, maybe sunny crisp days and hammer smashed fingers? Ice in the guides? I think not. Been there, done that.

Money is ever tighter and shrinking. Less travel toward warmth…maybe next year. So, what will I do to muddle through Winter? The holidays will be fine, but their passage seems to create an even starker contrast. I will just plan trips for next year, venture forth into the cold for a few trips for Steelhead and maybe Trout. Tie and tie, photographing my efforts and maybe at some point really improve my macro efforts. I think I will explore more with the camera and see what I can find out there to capture. Perhaps the pioneer cemetery explorations are in order now.

The state of my mind this time of year………..fuzzy recollections

Basic grey days of the Pacific NW cloud my mind. It is only November! What a whiner. OK, I feel better already…a plan of action to endure Seasonally Affected Disorder.



Fly Fishing: True Religion

A True Religion? Fly fishing? OK, you can throw in fishing in general. And, I suppose most outdoor activities lend themselves to inspiring, invigorating, renewing positives within us….if we let them. No, we don’t have to constantly seek some religious experience on each outing. But, we might want to sometimes reflect upon the purpose, as we see it, for the outing. Set the Alpha aside to experience, to mentor, to enjoy ‘the moment’. As always, No Fish or People were hurt in the production of this episode.

There is nothing, as far as I can ascertain, in this gathering that is renewing. It might be motivational to escape such circle jerks on future outings.

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