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We spent all of November fly fishing for Chinook on Oregon’s south coast. When we were done I wrote a feature story about the experience, the fish, and the weather. It came out today in the new issue of The Fly Fish Journal. Here’s a bit of the piece. I hope you’ll support small publishing and check out the rest at http://www.theflyfishjournal.com/

Scratch Tickets, The Fly Fish Journal v4.3.

They come on the incoming tide. They come on the outgoing tide. A negative tide brings them in like seagulls on trash day. They’ll come when it rains. When it clears. When pigs fly and hell freezes over. The 14th is the peak. We’ll see them in December. You’re too late; they came in October. Try the mouth. Try upriver. Up coast. Up yours. There aren’t any fish in this river. They were rolling this morning. Last night 50 moved through and the wake trailed for miles. They were getting them at the bridge, at the Grange, at the snag hole. It’s like seeing Sasquatch. Pulling all cherries at the slots. Catching a unicorn. Finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s luck. It’s skill. It’s scratch tickets.

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It’s March 12, 2013. A Tuesday morning of no great import. Despite the snow we received last night, it’s starting to feel like spring. Daylight savings left us with light until 7 p.m. last night, and today’s avalanche center’s forecast warned that “the danger of encountering spandex-clad road bikers will be elevated by later this week.”

With longer days comes the illusion of more time. More time to get after it, to take on new projects, make new goals, revitalize old passions. Before my plate gets too full, I’m prioritizing. For the next 30 days, I’m going to write something that’s not assignment-based every day. It will be an experiment, an honest effort, sometimes a trial. It’s not NANOWRIMO, but it is an exercise to build strength.

What are you working on as we move into spring?