On Being a Mom

by Em Loerke, Today’s Letters


Fishing moms and tots.
Photo by Heidi Owens, Courtesy of Today’s Letters

One of the greatest questions I’ve ever been asked is, “What did you enjoy doing as a child, and are you still making time to do those things as an adult?” I find this to be an interesting. . .

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Modesty Creek: They Came, They Spawned, They _______?

Written by: Pat Ortmeyer, Clark Fork Coalition


Modesty Creek was reconnected to the main-stem Clark Fork River for the first time in over six decades.
Photo courtesy Clark Fork Coalition

True to its name, Modesty Creek is not giving up its secrets. Not yet, anyway. Recently reconnected to the mainstem Clark Fork River in southwestern Montana, this small spring. . .

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Saving the Planet…One Orvis Associate at a Time!


At Orvis Every Day is Earth Day
Photo by Orvis

Here at Orvis we take this Earth Day thing pretty seriously! When you belong to a company that gives 5% of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature, you pay attention to this stuff. When we starting looking for some simple things to do to show Mother Nature a little love, we began right here in our own backyard. Here are ten great, easy-to-do conservation tricks from Orvis Associates…

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Spring Fishing on Grand Lake Stream

Written by: Debra Carr Brox


West Grand Lake is the source of Maine’s Grand Lake Stream.
Photos by Debra Carr Brox

I ’m not a creature of habit, but I have a few rituals. One of them is to officially start my fishing season each spring with trip to Grand Lake Stream in Maine. It’s a long way from. . .

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Video: The Ballad of Holland Island House


Holland Island House in October 2009, one year before it fell into the bay.
Photo by Flickr User baldeaglebluff

Bay-dwellers know the joys of exploring tidal pools and salt marshes, uncovering century-old pottery fragments, glass Rumford Baking Powder bottles, and arrowheads. We inhale the. . .

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An Afternoon in the Sugar House

Written by: Michael Gardner, Fifth Generation Vermonter First Generation Sugar maker


The author, Michael Gardner and daughter, Edie, spend an afternoon in the sugarhouse.
Photo by Kendra Gardner

With Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend approaching on April 2 and 3, it seems prudent to offer our non-native visitor and sheltered locals a brief guide to maple syrup. . . .

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Fly Fishing in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Part I

Story and photos by Bob Dagley


This door painting reflects Bhutan’s official title as the Thunder Dragon Kingdom.
Photo by Bob Dagley

The year was 2001 and a trip to Bhutan, in a virtually untouched corner of the Himalayas, was an enviable assignment. It was also a rare opportunity. The mysterious, high-altitude mountain. . .

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Sorting It All Out

Written by: Debra Carr Brox


March is the time for spring cleaning, Getting my fly boxes in order is a monumental task.
Photo by Debra Carr Brox

Every March, in anticipation of the fishing season ahead, I organize my fly boxes. It’s a monumental task. Not only are the boxes in disarray, but there are wool patches, hats, . . .

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