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Why I Fly Fish for Trout...as if I need a Reason

Posted 05-22-2014 at 01:52 PM by michael_vorhis
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I've heard it said that trout live in beautiful places, and it takes no more than a single glance above their fluid world--at snow-blanketed ranges and breeze-cleansed, wildflower-strewn mountain meadows and soaring ospreys--to know that it is true. We do our best to protect their homes...but why? Why do I care?

I'd become hooked on fly fishing long before, as a child, probably by reading some issue of Outdoor Life my Dad had subscribed to for my sake, but in those days the focus...
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The Beast of the Secret Lake

Posted 05-21-2014 at 03:03 PM by mridenour

Sunday morning I rose early and knowing that I was going fishing in the secret lake, well, I skipped going to church. I had to get the mowing done. It takes a while to mow three acres, especially when using the not so reliable Frankenmower. My mower is mostly made up of cast-offs found on Craigslist and junkpiles. I bought a new one a couple of times but have found that my hilly terrain is better suited for an overpowered monstrosity with knobby ATV tires on the rear.

So I ran...
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A Cold Front, A Warm Heart

Posted 05-14-2014 at 12:06 PM by mridenour

Well, a cold front has stormed through the area and yesterday the temps were only in the 50's. It was really humid though and the skies were overcast and gloomy. The weekend was over and I went back to work on Monday to get some rest. There wasn't a lot of resting done there but at least I wasn't driving all over three or four counties.

Tuesday was a long day and I didn't think I would have time to fish before my regular Tuesday evening appointment since I was bringing some freshly...
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My Best Friend

Posted 05-14-2014 at 12:04 PM by mridenour

Got up yesterday morning and was blessed with a severe outbreak of allergies. My watering eyes dripped onto my shirt as I tried to do my daily writing in the early morning hours. My nose itched and ran as I alternated between coughing and sneezing. My head felt as if it were a fishbowl and I contemplated just throwing in the towel and going back to bed.

One cup of coffee down and I was nearly functioning. I went ahead and got ready for work and finally headed out the door in my red...
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The Secret Lake

Posted 05-14-2014 at 12:03 PM by mridenour

Last night I headed home from work feeling tired and my head was pounding. I could hear the sofa calling my name. But as I drove (I have about a 40 minute commute) I began to relax and my headache released its grip on my brain. It was overcast and about 60 degrees with a pretty stiff wind blowing, not perfect fishing conditions but close enough. The couch could wait.

I made the phone call to my neighbor letting him know that I would be on his property and my a slight alteration in...
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