Mother’s Drunk But The Band Is Good

My junior year at Chapel Hill I took American literature with Dr. King who was notorious for two things: giving A’s generously and wearing his whale tie on the day on the day we kicked off Moby Dick. Dr. King’s class was wildly popular and my friends and I always staked out front row seats [...]

From The FFC Legal Department

After my 2008 trip to Exuma I published a blogpost titled, “Is That A Bonefish In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?” Now if there actually were an FFC legal team looking over my shoulder (ha!) I am pretty sure they would counsel me sternly to state that that I do [...]

An Essay on Spring Creeks: Part III

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast” – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man * * * According to Greek mythology, Pandora actually held Hope in the box a little longer than the other so-called gifts. But eventually Hope did seep out, like the water that finds its way up through the Earth and beads [...]

An Essay on Spring Creeks: Part II

  “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring” – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism * * * Technical fishing is the dream. Magnificent vistas are a perk. But the characters you meet in these adventures are what I truly love. The creeks may get all the [...]

An Essay on Spring Creeks: Part I

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism * * * We pulled out of Twin Bridges and the Professor asked me one more time, “So you’ve really never fished a spring creek?” I knew precisely what he meant, but nevertheless I offered, “Well, I mean the Missouri [...]

This Is No Longer a Vacation, It’s A Quest.

After disappearing this summer on a super-extended fishing vacation, I promised regular FFC reader Monty Montana (who was none too pleased that I abandoned my blog without explanation) that as a meager penance I would deliver some cupcakes to a nearby Veteran’s Hospital. What better day than Veteran’s Day, right?? I recruited Little Chick to [...]

Beef or Pork?

One thing I hope you’ve noticed about this blog is that I like to keep the overall tone positive. I try hard not to throw anyone under the bus except myself — which is hard because there are some real idiots out there who are practically begging me to mock them. But I’m not taking [...]

Candy, Don’t Take It From a Total Stranger

Poor Candy. I bet a fly fisherman wrote that. A fisherman who’s still snowed-in somewhere and getting a little grumpy. Good heavens what if her sign had read, “HELLO, NEIGHBORS! What’s the magic bug on this river?” Or, “HELLO, NEIGHBORS! What’s your favorite fishing spot?” And there’s always my personal favorite from the super chipper [...]

Is That a Bonefish In Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

  Am working my way home from the Bahamas. More scoop to come on the fishing in Exuma…

Spirit of the Suwannee

My eyes are just now coming into focus and my motor skills starting to click back into action. I’ve just returned from a trippy little trip to Florida for ‘Springfest’ – a three day music festival held at The Spirit of the Suwannee campgrounds. I suppose the best way to describe the music at Springfest [...]

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