Fishing

"Time flies so fast after youth is past that we cannot accomplish one-half the many things we have in mind, or indeed one-half our duties. The only safe and sensible plan is to make other things give way to the essentials, and the first of these is flyfishing." -Theodore Gordon

I'm quite fond of fishing, especially fly fishing. I fish, not to catch fish, but because I find them in such beautiful places.

I am an advocate of 'catch and release' because a trout is much too beautiful to be caught only once. Release, however, does not become an issue until you catch; a fact that some of my more insensitive fishing buddies have pointed out to me on more that one occasion.


Fishing All 50
At approximately 11:00 AM, Hawaiian Standard time, on June 14, 1999, I made my 3rd cast into Lake Wilson in the historic town of Wahiawa, Hawaii and thus accomplished my goal of fishing in all 50 states of the US.

I have also managed to fish in several provinces of Canada; North Yorkshire, UK; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Queensland, Australia.

Favorite Fishing Spots by State/Province/Country
StateStream or Water BodyNearest Town
AlabamaLake MartinRed Hill
AlaskaKanuti RiverColdfoot
ArizonaHades LakeNorth Rim
ArkansasWhite RiverFlippen
CaliforniaOwens RiverBishop
ColoradoFrying Pan RiverRuedi
ConnecticutPachaug PondGlasgo
DelawareHyde RunBrookland Terrace
FloridaGulf of MexicoPanama City Beach
GeorgiaJacks RiverBlue Ridge
HawaiiLake WilsonWahiawa
IdahoHenrys Fork Snake RiverIsland Park
IllinoisDes Plaines RiverGurnee
IndianaPrairie CreekLebanon
IowaNishnabotna RiverHamburg
KansasMarais des Cygnes RiverOttawa
KentuckyLittle Yellow CreekMiddlesboro
LouisanaCaddo LakeMooringport
MaineWest Branch Penobscot RiverMillinocket
MarylandPotomac RiverWilliamsport
MassachusettsMerrimack RiverNewburyport
MichiganAu Sable RiverMio
MinnesotaLake InsulaWinton
MississippiTippah RiverPotts Camp
MissouriBulls Shoals LakeIsabella
MontanaMadison RiverCliff Lake
NebraskaNorth Platte RiverBayard
NevadaWest Walker RiverWellington
New HampshirePeabody RiverGorham
New JerseySouth Branch Raritan RiverHigh Bridge
New MexicoSan Juan RiverTurley
New YorkWest Branch Ausable RiverWilmington
North CarolinaAtlantic OceanNags Head
North DakotaElm RiverGrandin
OhioClear CreekFranklin
OklahomaLake TexomaKingston
OregonWilson RiverGlenwood
PennsylvaniaSpring CreekBelefonte
Rhode IslandParris BrookRockville
South CarolinaChattooga RiverMountain Rest
South DakotaIron CreekKeystone
TennesseeHiwassee RiverReliance
TexasCalaveras LakeElmendorf
UtahPanguitch CreekPanguitch
VermontMollys Falls PondMarshfield
VirginiaOtter LakeBig Island
WashingtonCle Elum RiverRoslyn
West VirginiaGlade CreekDanese
WisconsinMenominee RiverMarinette
WyomingFirehole RiverYellowstone National Park
British ColumbiaElk RiverGold River
New BrunswickGaspereau RiverPort Elgin
Nova ScotiaSt. Anns BayBaddeck
Prince Edward IslandCharlottetown HarbourCharlottetown
Yukon TerritoryUnnamed PondBeaver Creek
OntarioNiagra RiverChipawa
QuebecRiviere Dutton OuestChartierville
CubaGuantanamo BayGuantanamo Naval Base
United KingdomRiver UreHawes
Queensland, AUCoral Sea, Hinchinbrook IslandCardwell


My Favorite Fishing Guide
This is Heather, my lovely, red-haired niece, who took her dad and her uncle on a wonderful fishing trip up the beautiful Laurel Fork Creek in East Tennessee in the fall of 1997.

The fishing was not at it's best this trip but this is one of the most beautiful creeks I have been on and the big hole about 2 miles upstream will have to be revisited.

Heather is an interior designer and only took up flyfishing to please her dad. She has gotten so good at it that she has to be very careful she doesn't outcast and outfish him and her uncle.


Fish I Have Known
The Devil's Eel:
I think it was an eel. I caught it in Roberson's Creek on our farm in East Tennessee when I was about 8 years old. I had sneaked off from my assigned chore of hoeing corn in the field by the creek. I had never seen an eel before and it scared me so badly that I was sure it was the devil's punishment for fishing when I should have been working. I threw pole and all into the creek and ran back to where I had dropped the hoe and went back to work. It was a while before I fished again.
Linderman:
A largemouth bass of undetermined size who lives or lived in the pond on the Slim Chance Ranch in Floyd County, GA. I have hooked Linderman a time or two but never landed him. I haven't seen him in a while. He may be in the big pond in the sky. 'Hope not!
The Del Rio Kid:
This beautiful 19" cutthroat or "cutbow" trout - not sure which - that I hooked in this bend of the Delores River near Del Rio in southwestern Colorado. It was one of those perfect holes where you always expect to hook a big trout but never do - except on this ocassion. I drifted a Grey Ghost streamer under the log and he nailed it! We fought to a draw on that beautiful day in October, 1994. I took his pic, revived him and let him go. I hope he is still under that log in the bend of the river.
The Frying Pan 'Raiders':
The football shaped 20" brown trout just below the Rudei Resovoir on the Frying Pan River near Vail, Colorado. We 'scrimmaged' for several hours one morning in October, 1994. Raiders 20 ^frog 6. Best loss I ever had.
Larry, Darrell and Darrell:
The 18" rainbow and the two 19" browns caught and released on the Hiwassee River in southeastern Tennessee. There was a blanket hatch and fish were rising all over the place. I had hooked not a one until these boys came by and saved the day. Thanks guys. The world needs more dumb trout. Anything for a buck, huh?
The Brown Bomber of Sportsman's Hole:
Last and certainly biggest is the brown estimated at 20 pounds that I had on for two jumps in the White River in Arkansas. My heart is still pounding. I stood in that hole all day the next day and caught pneumonia.