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Your Last Minute Gift Needs, Solved

It’s not too late to get a copy of The Blitz: Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration for the discerning coastal fly angler.

Blitz, Now A Reality

I’ll send a signed copy but you can pick it up at  the following local fly shops:

MASS:

Capefish Clothing Company

Bear’s Den Fly Fishing

Fishing the Cape

NEW  YORK:

Orvis New York (Tell Rob I sent you.)

Urban Angler

Orvis Westbury

Campsite Sports

ONLINE:

Departure Publishing

Rise Fishing

Amazon

Stone River Outfitters

There are many others not listed that sell it too. This video kind of shows what it’s about. Merry Christmas.

STEPHEN KING: The Important Part is the Story and the Talent

I work for a magazine that was once solely traditional print but now the paper mag is one part of it: The centerpiece of content delivery across many mediums.

 

I’ve collaborated on a hardcover photo essay book, contributed to the first two Pulp Fly ebooks and done some work for websites and paper pubs as well. Some of the paper ones are dead now but some of the websites are too¹.

 

Writers as a group tend to swing on a pendulum between inspired and despair, and also to complain a lot about the way things aren’t.²

 

But it’s not such a bad thing that there are a million ways to get words out there if you want to, whether things get sorted out the way you want them to go in this transition or not. As Stephen King says at 2:52 of this clip, “The future’s gonna be what the future’s gonna be.”

 

As for today, I’m going to look for inspiration from the past.

 

¹Most of that work is lost to the wind except for the ones I boxed up for posterity that my kids will throw out one day.

²My all-time favorite excerpt on writers and writing is this one from Charles Bukowski.

Too Much Of Everything

Before the fish is even at hand, thinking about the next one. Getting that one off and getting out there again before it all dies down.

The fish at hand might feel debased by it all, if it even had a cerebral cortex, but as such it’s probably OK just being not dead.

Sorry about that. As Snoop says it, “You gotta get yours but fool I gotta get mine.”

To steal some lines from another song, Too much of everything is just enough.

DIY

A tree falls across the road barricading you from where you want to go and there’s no way around it and the people already past it aren’t going to stop and look back on your account, so the only thing to do is pour gasoline into the chainsaw.

DIY is the prevailing ethic behind most of the blogs out there in the fly subculture. There are no set rules as to what one is or has to be and anyone that tells you otherwise is not worth the breath he just wasted.

I am proud to be part of two projects that have come forth via DIY channels in the past year, with my participation in them a direct result of doing this blog. Allow me to self-promote:

The Blitz: Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration, conceived by the photographer Tosh Brown and published through his independent small press, Departure Publishing, which he created to fill a void. (Check out the other books on the roster.)

Pulp Fly: Volume One came out in April, but it started way before that. Bjorn Stromness of Bonefish on the Brain came up with the idea and assembled a roster of contributors–of completely different ages, backgrounds, home waters, influences, styles, motivations, and reasons for putting pen to paper. The stories are as different from each other as the people who wrote them, and that’s what I like most about it. (Homogeneity kills.) And that we did this ourselves.

SOMERSET: We Rocked Out With Our Pens Out

photo courtesy of Murdock*

We almost got trampled to death by the mob of black shirts, met some cool people,caught up with old friends, paid $4.5o for bad draft beer and all in all improved the world for the better.

Thanks to all who stopped by.

Special thanks to The Bears Den, Rise Fishing, and Ramsey Outdoor.

*(Pandemonium occurring just out of frame.)