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Sierra Nevada 2014: Tioga to Bishop Pass

In June professorial thoughts turn to the Sierra Nevada mountains and their hidden treasures. A few days before Mrs. P’s arrival sent me in quest of the fabled Golden Trout. Arriving at Saddlebag Lake just outside the eastern border of … Continue reading

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The Great Crossing Adventure

This year’s great landlocked salmon quest was special: we were joined by the Smiler, an expert fly guy and keeper of the secrets of the mysterious Rangeley streams. And we were locked and loaded with some of Mac’s greatest and … Continue reading

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Spring Finally Unsprung

Winter hit haahd—as the Mainers say—this year; the pond at Colby was frozen solid until well into spring.  Waters were high and cold, and the Fishing Professor had little luck tromping through some snow. Sanity was preserved by remembering his … Continue reading

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Fall Fish

The temperatures have dropped at night and flows are reasonable. Time is short, however, so I could make only a quick jaunt to nearby waters: You can see the soft water to the right; not visible from the photo is … Continue reading

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By Hook and Crook: Rafting And Fishing

Our niece from Italy and her Princess Mother and Contessa Sister (as we call them). Amberini was fresh from a trip to Pinecrest Lake in California, where she caught this beauty: You can tell she was ready to go rafting … Continue reading

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Rangeley With the Backwoods Pros

Because she felt I just didn’t fish enough on our Owens Valley Adventure in January, Becca, Will and the Maine Guide father Barry invited me for a day of fishing in the Rangeley area. We started at some ponds near … Continue reading

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Grand Lake Stream 2013: The Guys Go Back

This season had an unlikely beginning. Low flows thanks to little rain in April made the first Maine outings sparse. I did manage to get out with some of the Original 395 Gang who were Jones-ing the worst. They could … Continue reading

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Striper Numero Uno

I’ve fished a few years without getting a striper on a fly rod. Mac’s done his best for me–he’s striper wise but I was the curse. So did Mainiac: he ran the striper newbies day a few years ago. I … Continue reading

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Rafting and Fishing: There’s a Catch

Shed Man my buddy is a great rafter and a great guy. He and his Lady, known in the neighborhood as “Right-of-Way-Finder,” or “Rowf” for short, invited myself and the most beautiful former Canadian of them all (Mrs. Fishing P) … Continue reading

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Fly Fishing in the Heat I: The Band Didn’t Play On

Made a trip up north and camped on the river for one night–connected with Mac who was camping not far away. We fished the normal spots to no avail. Hot weather had kept the fish down. I fished for the … Continue reading

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