The morning’s run actually began with a walk, just trying to loosen up the legs after last night’s speed lap around North Park here in the Pittsburgh suburbs. The run also began with rain. Pavement passed under my feet through the first mile and a half, the rain splashing loudly and heading quickly to the […]Read more "The Life Aquatic"
I titled this piece “Exploratory Fishing” but I probably could have just called it “Fishing.” Almost all of my fishing is exploratory because the very joy of the sport is the search for new places to wet a line and determination of who hides just below the reflective surface. Yesterday morning began with a rushed […]Read more "Exploratory Fishing"
Last time around I began to offer an opinion on global warming, a subject of great interest to me and great importance to many lifeforms such as the brook trout. I proposed 3 distinct central questions that really need to be dealt with instead of simply opining that you do or do not believe in […]Read more "Change"
This is where I finally offer a few words on global warming. As I’ve discussed many environmental matters from many different angles here on my little blog, there’s always been a looming giant of an issue waiting in the background. The spectre of something capable of over-running all other aspects of the environment has […]Read more "Change and Warming (Part 1)"
How do you deal with change? This question addresses one of the most fundamental partitions among humans, I think. During my long walks through the eastern mountains, recounted in The Dying Fish, I became painfully aware that, really, it was all change. If there are others who think I’m right about this, then it seems […]Read more "Warming to Change"
Fish are always on the move. Fish move to optimize feeding, to spawn and to evade predators. Too often, fishermen don’t move, going back to favorite fishin’ holes time after time. What’s primary here is to learn to think like nature or like an animal, appreciating seasonal cycles and the import of erratic weather changes. […]Read more "A Fishing Tip"
The Dying Fish is a book about a long walk through the entire eastern U.S. range of the native brook trout. A reader will likely learn all he ever wanted to (and more) about the species as he plods through the 530 page account of the prolonged stream survey and intervening adventures. I’ve written much […]Read more "In Pursuit of Simplicity and Brookies"