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MERGING FAITH AND FLY FISHING INTO A COMMON STREAM

Good Anglers Ask Questions…So Do People of Faith

It was several years ago when I returned home from a little league baseball game and my wife asked me a question.  My son was 10 years old and I was his coach.  As a former professional baseball player, I enjoyed giving back to the game and seeing my son grow in his own skills. …
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The Gift of Christmas Presence

Sometimes the greatest gifts come in the simplest forms. Let God with us sink into your soul and may your presence with another bring a gift to someone special in your life.

The Changing of Seasons

I had one of those “moments” this past week when two things converged.  First, we experienced in our area the first cool week of fall weather announcing that summer is coming to an end.  By the way, I love the cool fall days! Second, in the Trout Unlimited Community Newsfeed, someone posted dates for the…
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Make EVERY Effort

Like water cutting into banks over time forming the character of a streams, so our character is formed over time. The difference? We can bring intentionality to how we are formed.

ALTAR FLY FISHING: More than a Name

The question has been asked, “Why the name Altar Fly Fishing?”  Great question. Altars carried great significance in the Bible and for the people who experienced altars.   Altars were places: Where people offered a variety of sacrifices for a variety of reasons They represented and often created significant moments marking people’s lives (remember Abraham and Isaac, Elijah,…
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A Year Behind…A Year Ahead

We discover something good in being still (Psalm 46:10)—to sit, breathe, to listen to the sound of a stream, or perhaps to read, pray, and reflect while enjoying a hot cup of good coffee or tea (stress good). Unfortunately, these times are more rare than I would like.

THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Matthew 11:28-30.   28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my…
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ALTAR: MORE THAN A NAME

The question has been asked, “Why the name Altar Fly Fishing?”  Great question. Altars carried great significance in the Bible and for the people who experienced altars.   Altars were places: Where people offered a variety of sacrifices for a variety of reasons They represented and often created significant moments marking people’s lives (remember Abraham and Isaac, Elijah,…
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MAKE THE FIRST CAST COUNT

I have been blessed to have fished with several different guides in several different fishing situations: trout, steelhead, salmon, wading, drifting, high lakes, spring creeks and large rivers.  Many of the stories I remember and tell come from the guides and people I have fished with.   Stewart is a guide in Colorado that has been…
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TURNING OVER ROCKS: LOOKING FOR SIGNS OF LIFE AND POSSIBILITY

Rivers and streams are full of life that often goes undetected.  Every day this ecosystem is alive with aquatic life from flies to fish (and much more).  As fly fishermen/women we are trying to solve the puzzle in our part of the stream on a specific day so we can present our best cast with…
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CONFESSING A “BLOW UP”

I could not believe that I did it again!  Coming upon a great hole on the stream that HAD to hold fish.  Eager to peer into the clear water I walked up to the spot beside the stream and BOOM…fish scattered everywhere.  I had committed one of the fly fishing cardinal sins…I had blown up a hole. …
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