Saturday, December 24, 2016

Winter Solstice

   Yuletide, & I’ve been trying to get this written, but my Norwegian Christmas Nut wife is going at it with pagan intensity, the baked goods are hitting the table, & I’m on it, but she has the vibe in the house so abustle the atmosphere is jangling & ding-donging to distraction.

I’m wading through.

No shortage of snow this year. A gift to all of us living in trout country. It’s a good time of year to contemplate blessings. Priceless gifts.

Columbia River men, Jack Mitchell & Jeff Cottrell. Think these guys
are fun to fish with? Look at their faces.  

And memories.  Thinking back on this past season & all the great people I had the pleasure to fish with. And all the friends I’ve met through Soft~Hackle Journal. Talented & engaged anglers who recognize & love what is truly valuable in our game. It is compatriots, & the memories they create, that enrich a life & make importance. Don’t want to forget any of you.

UC master guide, CJ Emerson sporting the latest in UC  guide wear.

So I’m on a new regime:

Greasing the Muse

Getting forgetful? Do you find yourself facing a new year with faculties not quite what they were last year? Muse leaving you dry?

Maybe it’s time to apply some lubricant.

Recent dietary research claims a breakthrough: Three tablespoons of raw coconut oil per day, taken by mouth, will serve to improve brain function and keep synapses snappy. Squirting freely. Not only that, but the same dose is said to offset or actually reverse the affects of senile dementia. That’s right, REVERSE. (Bill, Mark, Jeff, Jack… you reading?)

Coconut oil. Simple as that. Three tablespoons a day and the creative/perceptive center of your brain swings open like a barn door.


Worth a try. If nothing else your hair and skin will improve and you’ll poop better.

You’re gonna love this. Bought a gallon last week. I figure another week on the coconut oil & my keyboard should be shooting – click, click, click-click-click, clickety click – like a vaselined machine gun.

“I can’t really explain where that writing came from. I ate magical grease.” ~Steve    

We be fountains!  


  1. As per usual, your writing is sharp, poignant and insightful. Thanks. It is a pleasure and will be frequently as we enjoy the journey. Looking forward to what's coming down the pike.

    1. Jack, I'm claiming eggnog inspiration.

      Looking forward to meeting you up the river road for sure.

      Hope you're having a good steelhead season.

  2. The old "tell 'em about the coconut oil" trick, eh? Starting out early this year as the merry prankster. Maybe you've invested heavily on pulp forest and need to see that your product is used sheet by sheet?

    I'd suggest the magic juice is sweat applied externally.

    Roadwork. 2 to 3 miles a day. Cures all manner of ills ... including bear attack if your fishing partners happen not to be so inclined towards the cardio regimen. Doesn't have to be fast. Steady works AOK.

    The amount of ink work lying around this place looking for serious attention is mind boggling. There is some serious butt-in-chair time needed. Sounds like you're in the same boat. Luckily, the ice is coming on and hibernation season is setting in.

    In the den, bears. The pen cannot rest until ice out.

    1. Spike, jumping in with some light verse.

      Though not invested, I am vested, having overseen the planting of several million trees throughout the intermountain West, in a past incarnation.

      Butt is firmly planted in chair, though mostly swiveling till after the New Year party when things settle down.

      Wintering in coastal Cali, so no freeze, though plenty of weather inspiring chair time.

      Substituting the roadwork with hikes up the beach swinging the big surf stick with appropriately heavy sink tip.

      Ink work? yup. Crap (notes) piled two feet high on my desk. O fun. But hey the ink's free.

      Looking forward to seeing some work out of you.

  3. Traditional ink is Not Free, however one could say that e-ink (or i-Ink if your an Apple) could be considered free if you don't count the cost of batteries or the cost of recharging batteries ! ?
    Nothing does not come at no cost ! Screw the ink, I want to know some details of this "escape from Winter" to the Salt ? What Big Stick ? What Beach(s) &/or Bays ? What are the "Catches of the Day"? Mid-Coast Stripers should be yummy this time of year ! Any Albies (little tunny) available ? These 2 were Favorites of mine on the East Coast - Massachusetts on down to Montauk (former home turf) and then down as far as Point Lookout (N. Carolina) for the Albies !
    Enough of my shenanigans, how has the fishing been ? You Really are missing out on a wonderfully COLD Winter right now - assuming your Their till Spring ! What, the wife don't like Scandinavia this time of year ? If you haven't "lost" it, you can email me the answers or share them here if you prefer . yea it's Lou in frost bitten Spokane . Will you be having 2nd thoughts about returning in time for the April thaw and our outing ?
    Maybe I should plan a trip to "The Coast"? ha ha ha . . .

  4. Lou, click on the Barred Perch on the Fly link, over in the RH column, & that will bring you to the present news.

    Hey I can't wait to get back North. But everything in its time. Don't want to rush anything.

    And I resurrected Upper Columbia Flyfisher (but no link from here, as it is now stops-out, balls-to-the-wall political, secret, don't want to lose all readers eh eh).