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11/22/15 3:00pm
11/22/2015 3:00 PM

Roseburg, Ore. Until a few weeks ago, the mention of this lumber and timber town brought back good memories. The stretch of the North Umpqua River between Roseburg and Glide, renowned for its summer run of steelhead, is where we caught our first fly rod steelhead one summer afternoon years ago. READ

08/22/15 7:00am
08/22/2015 7:00 AM

With the passing of “Focus on Nature” columnist Paul Stoutenburgh, the recent retirement of Louisa Hargrave’s “The Oeno Files” wine column and the previous semi-retirement of my own “The Observer” column, there’s just one columnist left standing when it comes to continuous longevity of service to this newspaper. (more…)

04/26/15 12:00pm
04/26/2015 12:00 PM

Horses and boats have much in common. When you begin to fish frequently from small craft and subsequently sail on larger party boats, you see the obvious advantages of having your own boat. When you take trail rides or pack trips with horses or rent horses to ride in field trials for pointing dogs, you quickly see the advantages of having your own horse, too. But then you look at the big picture, and you wonder: Should I really be doing this?  (more…)

04/05/15 6:00am
04/05/2015 6:00 AM

On Paumanok the snow pack is gone except for traces; way upstate we’re still dragging the horse manure out of the barn on snowshoes. Back on the West End the ice has finally left the harbors and you can at least contemplate fishing for early stripers; upstate, however, there’s nary a thought of early trout streams. To make a long story short, the “tween” season is a crazy one!  (more…)

03/22/15 12:00pm
03/22/2015 12:00 PM

When we drove out to help a colleague of ours on the West End recently, his car was stuck in a deep icy rut at the bottom of his driveway. Clad in a light jacket and wearing no gloves, he was frantically trying to shovel his way down to the bottom of the tires with a small straight-handled snow shovel that might have passed for a child’s toy. (more…)