Friday, February 18, 2011


Rain, Poverty and Wind have teamed up against the fly fishing superhero today. It was a new, bold, and daring move on the part of the villains. This was truly something to be feared. They created a trifecta (somebody help me with spelling) that was able to surround the fly fisherman but as they approached him he was not wearing his outfit. Nor was he yielding his weapons. So what was he doing you ask yourself. He was cleaning.

This confounded the team of villains. They circled, ready to pounce as soon as the fly fisherman took a step outside, but he never did. Were they to late? Could another villain have already attacked. Surely not. They knew that no one villain has ever defeated the fly fisherman and surely they would have known if there was another villainous team that had formed. So they stood there guard. Waiting at the ready. Continually anticipating, but only getting more confused.

Meanwhile, inside his warm, cozy home the superhero-fly fisherman had already defeated Apathy. Its funny. No matter how many times Apathy is defeated, she is always there the next morning to attack again. But, yet again, she had failed. The fly fisherman had seen the Rain, Wind, and Poverty coming and had already come up with a plan. Knowing that they would be outside, and already tired from his battle with apathy, the fly fisherman resorted to his cunning. He would spend the day cleaning and doing work around the house. He would not even acknowledge that the villains were outside for the whole day. He knew this would confuse them and make them question each other. He would continue to do this for the rest of the weekend. Letting the villains roam unchecked for a couple of days. He knew that this would build frustration after time and eventually the three villains would be weakened and then he would be able to attack.

So you are getting to see his plan on action. Be ready for Monday - when the now simple house cleaning, wife obeying, mere mortal of a man transforms into the well known and well anticipated fly fisherman superhero. He will beat the villains with a rod, some flies, and his cunning. And when he catches that trout, he will watch the villains run away in fear and agony as he lets it go to be caught another day.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

From last weekend

I am sitting in a little cabin. The most amazing part of where I am is that my wife is right across from me. She is beautiful. Our two dogs our zonked out on the couch next to her. It’s a small cabin; maybe ten feet wide, less then 40 feet long, with 12 foot ceilings. Even with its lack of size, I could live here. There is nothing but a little bit of grass and 3-4 pine trees between my front door and the river. “What river?” you may be asking yourself. Well it is the majestic and mystic Metolius. My wife and I have spent a day relaxing in a very mild early February on the banks of the mighty and legendary Metolius. We started out the day with homemade biscuits and gravy, yes biscuits and gravy - it was wonderful, fulfilling, and you have a problem with that, get a life. Then we walked to the store to buy a few items we forgot. I then spent a few hours fishing, I’ll address this later, and my wife spent the day embroidering (by hand) Oscar and Aloha’s names into the dog’s seat cover that she sewed herself.

I love my wife. She is everything I could have ever hoped for and so much more. Her amazing abilities around the house are going to bless our family for many years. I have only fallen more and more in love with her over the last three years we have been together. I can’t believe the feats we had to overcome, and I can think of a few still ahead of us, but we have done it. We have stuck together and not taken the easy road. I love you, my love.


Yes! I did fish the mighty Met. today. It was a hard day to say the least. I fished for about 4 ½ hours and only landed one fish. I had to have my wife pull off my hip boots for me – they were full of water. I did hook a couple other fish, but the triumph wasn’t in the fish today. I have caught fish here before. The triumph I had today was that the fish I landed was on a fly that I had tied. This was a wonderful and new experience for me. I started tying flies about six weeks ago and I have gotten better and better, the firsts were UG-LY. I was very proud today. In fact I am still smiling about it.

The weather was amazing this afternoon. After the morning clouds went away, the sun came out and it warm up very nicely.

I have had a day that I will remember for a long time.