Monday, November 23 2009
Even anglers like myself yearn for guides with fishing IQs as rich as Squanto's, a Patuxet Native American who taught the Pilgrims how to fish.
Wednesday, October 28 2009
To paraphrase Nietzsche, when fighting monsters one should be careful not to become one, but that’s a major reason why many people fish: to slay the proverbial dragon.
Tuesday, September 8 2009
Charlie the Tuna fish is an homage to the Beat generation’s playfulness and experimentation with language.
Thursday, August 13 2009
Brace yourself: this is a fish tale that can silence – like the great white shark itself – all of its competitors.
Tuesday, June 23 2009
Like the lakes we fish in, there are great treasures lurking in those depths, and great depth lurking in those treasures.
Wednesday, April 29 2009
Imagine a 'Seinfeld' episode on a boat with rods in Jerry and Kramer’s hands … you get the picture.
Tuesday, March 31 2009
Lines tangled and broke, feet tripped and slipped, rods and tempers snapped, and sometimes, even anglers fell overboard. It wasn’t funny … unless you were sober.
Sunday, February 22 2009
Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.
Monday, December 8 2008
Now that Barack Obama is America's 44th president, in the spirit of his predecessors, he might want to take up fishing.
Wednesday, October 29 2008
Deep, dark water – and that which swims within -- inspires our most primitive fears
Tuesday, August 26 2008
Fishing and writing are typically solitary crafts that offer fishermen and poets sweet opportunities for introspection.
Wednesday, July 9 2008
They're transporters of the souls of the dead, per Dante, transporters of tools and messages, per the US military, and friends to man, per the popular dolphinariums.
Tuesday, April 29 2008
Creels contain volumes of wonderfully imaginative “catches” that, unlike the box’s contents in the myth, unleash a swarm of positive stories and memories that continue life’s flow.
Wednesday, March 26 2008
Emerson spoke of it in a eulogy for Thoreau, not long after, it fueled Doherty and his cavalry in their relentless pursuit of Booth -- no wonder McPhee calls it America's "founding fish".
Thursday, February 21 2008
Richard Brautigan’s minimalist prose wove hallucinations into social commentary, pastoral meditations into cultural satire, and journalistic reports about mundane existence into nihilistic, punkish sirens.
Thursday, December 20 2007
Imagine sitting down to a fish dinner with Ernest Hemingway, Izaak Walton, Norman Maclean, and the ultimate Fisher of Men.
Monday, November 26 2007
Who is more captive to the prized antique fishing lure, fish or fisherman? With fishing, what you catch, or what catches your fancy, is not always in the water.
Thursday, November 1 2007
We’re all mythical creatures created from stories that blend fact and fiction, myth and reality, into a magical whole, and no tale does this the better than the fish story.
Thursday, September 13 2007
Giant eyes, rows of large teeth, and emitting a nasty stench, amorphous, ugly, enormous, and ravenously hungry, the kraken is the perfect antagonist, and makes many appearances in film and literature.
Tuesday, July 31 2007
Catfish are strong, eccentric characters that have for many years snubbed their bottom-feeding whiskered noses at the angling establishment. But still, they're suckers for a wiggling finger.
Thursday, June 28 2007
Sharks, the legendary "terrors of the deep", are at the complete mercy of the fiercest predator of all. Let's show some mercy.
Sunday, April 22 2007
The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catchgives one reason to pause and reflect between savory bites of Alaskan king crab.
Monday, April 2 2007
Like any curmudgeon, Ed Zern criticized everything, including himself, the sport, and other anglers because they all periodically blocked his path to the river.
Sunday, February 25 2007
Some might say the elusive coelacanth, in spite of its primordial ugliness, has attained rock star status in the popular imagination.