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James R. Babb Won’t Let Me Sleep

But it’s a temporary thing, only until I finish his latest book, Fish Won’t Let Me Sleep — Obsessions of a Lifelong Flyfisherman. Mr. Babb is one of the most entertaining writers in the fish-lit genre, and that’s saying a lot because ever since Dame Juliana Berners’s Treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle emerged in […]

Gorgeous Georges, A Most Excellent River

The English explorer Captain George Weymouth sort of named the Saint George River after himself, don’t you think? When the original Curious George sailed the good ship Archangel from Monhegan to Muscongus Bay and up the river in 1605, he pronounced it “a most excellent river” and named it for England’s patron saint and I’m […]

Ye New Olde Flye Shoppe

Terry Walsh’s business model, spelled out on his Facebook page, is very appealing: I intend to be open from 10am-3pm Wed through Saturday, but remember, this is a one man operation and I like to fish too. I like that. I intend to get some work done today, but hey, if the trout are rising… […]

Opening Day, Open Season, Open Water, Open Sesame. Spring!

Saturday, April 1, was Opening Day, so I opened a nice Cabernet and enjoyed a glass — or two? did I have two? — with an excellent cheese from Treats, in Wiscasset, a terrific little shop that I find really difficult to pass without stopping in. You think it’s a coincidence that fishing season opens […]

Humble Fish, Even More Humble Angler, or, Snubbed by a Smelt

Fishing has a way of teaching humility. At least, fishing has taught me humility. And just when I feel I know all I really need to know about humility, I am delivered yet another lesson. The teacher on this occasion was the humble smelt, who took me to the woodshed and made me sit there […]