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Thaw.

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It’s winter, and then it isn’t- because the robins are back, because in the morning the liquid call of a red-winged blackbird wakes you, as he perches where a bluebird sat only the day before. 

Last Best Streams: 2.0

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I had a perfectly good plan last year: winnow down all the streams in the US to the last best ones, the ones science say are least disturbed, their annual pattern of flow today most similar to the historic record.  Add in the nation’s system of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and spend the rest of my life focusing on those…

But there’s better data out there, more exhaustive- not just the great streams, the nice streams, the ones which are protected.  There’s data on the streams that should be protected, if only we had the will- political, social, or otherwise- to do so.  I’m anal about these sorts of things, so I dumped them into the existing list: something like 2,110 streams across the nation, notable for their ecological, fisheries, or cultural significance.  It’s a couple lifetimes worth of work, but I’m happy to try.  You can check out my progress on the Last Best Streams page.

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Wednesday Night Ties: Smallmouth goodies.

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January.

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Wednesday Night Ties: Found objects.

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I told myself I’d tidy the tying table in stages, sorting everything and working through the pile of hooks and materials that had accumulated during the cold months.  Tonight it was bass bugs- from top to bottom, stuff that will hopefully draw a few smallmouth come May.

 

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Warm Up.

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Discs of ice sound alive jostling towards New Orleans

Wednesday Night Ties: Order.

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I woke up one morning last week deciding I wanted things neat.  For the past few years I’ve been doing this- making certain I complete the first thing I think of in the morning, whether it’s eating fresh strawberries in a hammock with a Hefeweizen or, in this instance, a detailed cleaning of the home office.  It seems a reasonable enough path to self-fulfillment.

The tying desk was a wreck and the answer seemed self discipline, using what was laying around on the untidy table to fill some of my boxes.

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