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It is a very small stream

Photo for the post "It is a Very Small Stream."When Mama Java sees me in my fishing get-up she says, “Well, look at you. Fisherman.”

I shrug.

“Did you sleep okay last night?”

“Yeah, it was great.”

This is a lie.

“Oh, good. Cuz those bunkbeds can be—iffy.”

True.

“So, how do I get to this creek?”

“It’s just down the hill,” she says, pointing. “Go past the cabins and down the logging road until it ends. Then keep going.”

“Any idea what the fishing’s like?”

“Nah. It’s pretty small. Very small, actually. But I know there’s fish in it.”

Bleached-out slash and deadfall bar the way at the end of the logging road. I scrabble over, careful not to snag my waders. Then the going is easy. Gravity pulls me down the drainage until I find a trail. There I encounter a hiker who doesn’t notice me until I’m close enough to poke him with my rod. He flinches and emits a girlish squeak.

“God. Thought you were a bear or something.”

I consider attacking him so he won’t feel as embarrassed. He sidesteps me and continues up the trail.Photo for the post "It is a Very Small Stream."

Soon I hear the water and quicken my pace. My rod tip waggles like a divining rod.

Getting to the water is tougher. Undergrowth and fallen timber guard its every bend. I collapse my rod and push through.

A sun-speckled riffle encompassed by tall pines hurries past. Boulders and logs cradle the water to form quiet falls and stepped pools. There is little space for casting. Definitely didn’t need the waders.

Just as Mama Java told me, it is a very small stream.

That the trout are also small is no surprise, then.

Nor are they a disappointment.

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Gone Fishing: A Cautionary Tale

I’ve been trolling around the blog-o-verse a lot lately, looking for ideas and inspiration. Especially in the middle of this Every Day in May insanity—pretty sure I’m reading a lot more than writing and fishing put together. I look at the big, popular blogs to figure out what makes them so good, and I look at little blogs, too, to see if they can teach me anything. Tonight I ran across this:



Time to shut it down! Goodbye for now.

Photo illustration for "A Cautionary Tale"Yeah tomorrow I’m takin’ me fishin’
Hang a sign on the door of my life
Tell the world that I’ve gone missin’
An’ I won’t be back for a while
—Eric Church, Livin Part of Life

Yeah!… That’s right! I’m going fishing. When I started this blog I made a promise to myself not to let this blog get in the way of fishing and having fun doing it!. Well… the damn thing has done just that… it’s no longer fun. So… I’m shutting it down for a while. It probably won’t be forever. I’m just tired of going fishing and hassling myself with the burden of catching fish and worrying about taking the perfect dumbass artsy fartsy photo, and coming home and sitting in front of the damn computer and coming up with some stupid ass poetic bullshit that describes my fish catching experience. It’s kind of starting to feel like I’m fishing for others in some weird way. I’m not fishing for my own self enjoyment anymore. This will not do!

So… goodbye for now. I’m going FISHIN’ Thanks to all that have shown huge amounts of support and following this thing for the last couple of years. You know who you are. For real… THANK YOU!!! I’ve learned so much from you all. But for now… The ” Fly Fishing for Wiener Dogs Jesus “… is out!

He’s gone fishing! I’ll drink to that.



That was posted on 4 May. See the actual post right here. I don’t know who this dude is. Looks like a younger guy. I found him in some blogroll. Let’s be truthful: his early retirement from blogging is not likely to attract the attention of ESPN or even OBN. I read a bunch of his previous posts and if I were in an exceedingly generous mood I’d say they’re not bad. If you caught me on a different day I might say he needs to learn the difference between “your” and “you’re,” and lay off the all-caps, ellipses, and especially the exclamation marks (four and five sentences in a row? seriously?).

After looking at his final few posts, it’d be easy to assume he just ran out of things to say. And you could easily say his blog wasn’t likely to go much further without some serious remedial English tutoring and at least some basic instruction on photography and image processing. However, the clarity and truth of this line is hard to argue with: “I’m just tired of going fishing and hassling myself with the burden of catching fish and worrying about taking the perfect dumbass artsy fartsy photo, and coming home and sitting in front of the damn computer and coming up with some stupid ass poetic bullshit that describes my fish catching experience.”

If I’m not mistaken, he just described what I’m doing at this very moment. I’m heading out to fish tomorrow, and while I probably should have tied up some salmonfly nymphs and then climbed into bed, I squatted in front of this computer into the small hours reading blogs and hassling myself with some dumbass arty fartsy stupid ass poetic bullshit ideas for tomorrow night’s blog post.

I’ve read a lot of articles about how to grow your blog and attract readers. One common tactic is appealing to your readers with crap like this: “Let us know how YOU feel! Leave a comment!” This is supposed to get you more responses, which drives more page views, which prompts more responses. Yeah, we don’t typically pull that around here—seems like a cheap trick. But right now I’m honestly curious: ever get the feeling you’re fishing for your blog instead of yourself? Ever ask yourself what you’ve really gone fishing for?
Every Day In May graphic.

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