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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times Print E-mail

And to continue plundering Dickens, the current state of fly fishing “was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness . . .  it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair . . . ”
by Ted Leeson
From the April 2008 issue.

Among its manifold infirmities, the human memory inclines to the categorical and absolute, preferring broad brushstrokes to nuance and detail.

In Defense of "The Movie" Print E-mail

Why blaming Brad Pitt for crowded trout streams is just plain wrong.
by Dennis King
From the April 2008 issue.

I am haunted by movies. For 20 years, when I was a full-time film critic at the daily newspaper in Tulsa, Oklahoma, movies were my passionate vocation. And since fly fishing and reading were my equally passionate avocations, it came by grace that one particular movie, drawn from a stately novella sacred to trout fishers all, should stand out among the thousands I waded through and reviewed.

Mister Currier & Mister Ives & Mister Tate Print E-mail

 “Publishers of Cheap and Popular Pictures” of, among other interesting subjects, Victorian sportfishing.
by Brooke Chilvers
From the April 2008 issue.

If you were alive before Joe DiMaggio first laid eyes on Marilyn Monroe, chances are your grandparents grew up with a Currier & Ives lithograph in the house. For 50 years (1857 to 1907) the “Publishers of Cheap and Popular Pictures”—a firm built by the tall, politically liberal, and melancholy Nathaniel Currier and the short, plump, and jovial James Merritt Ives—averaged three new titles every week, totaling some 7,500 individual works and perhaps a million prints.

A Taste of Walnut Print E-mail

Article & Photography by Terry Wieland
What’s involved in stocking your dream.
From the February/March 2008 issue.

Figure. Grain. Symmetry. Strength. Marblecake, fiddleback, feather-crotch burl. Slab-sawn, quartersawn, heartwood, sapwood. English and French, Turkish, and Circassian.

Turkey 79261 Print E-mail

by Russell Graves
A photographic journal.
From the February/March 2008 issue.

Let’s say you’re looking for a place to hunt turkeys, and you find a town in Texas called Turkey that was once called Turkey Roost, and it’s on the banks of Turkey Creek. Who could resist? 

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