Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

The tradition of the Lilydeer continues

A few years ago my very clever wife made this very special Christmas gift.

the tiny Lilydeer

the tiny Lilydeer

The two small horns are Lily’s puppy teeth.

It graces our home as a reminder of the magic that is Christmas.

The simple things really are the best!

Here’s hoping this finds you safe, happy and in the company of those you love.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Lilydeer Christmas Magic

a tiny Lilydeer

a tiny Lilydeer

My very clever wife made this very special Christmas gift two years ago. The two small horns are Lily’s puppy teeth.

It graces our home as a reminder of the magic that is Christmas.

The simple things really are the best!

Here’s hoping this finds you safe, happy and in the company of those you love.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Merry Christmas 2013

The magic of the little Lilydeer continues…

a tiny Lilydeer

a tiny Lilydeer

Friday Foto

Lily goes fishing

Lily and Tom @Ramsey's Draft

Lily and I take a break from fishing Ramseys Draft.
This was Lily’s first fishing adventure.
Date 23JUN13

K9 Veterans Day

The folks at K9 Veterans Day are hoping to have March 13th recognized as national K9 Veterans Day. I think this is a great idea. We don’t need to wait for Congress to make it happen.  Let’s honor our K9 vets and their handlers on March 13th from now on.

March 13

March 13

From the K9 Veterans Day web site:

March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps, and so it seems only right to annually honor their service on that date. They served to save, and they deserve to be remembered.

There are no membership fees required for you to join us in this honorable undertaking, and we are not asking you to raise money for us. You see, just like those whom we seek to honor, who never asked for anything but love, we only seek your heart felt desire to help, and to be a voice for those deserving Veterans who have no voice.

Thanks Joe White for getting this started, rest peacefully. Thanks Sally for keeping this idea alive!

Putting 2012 in the Rearview Mirror

Another trip around the sun and this one was both fun and exciting. Here are a few of my favorite moments.

Started 2012 by spending New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with a couple of newlyweds who had surprised us the day before by asking us to witness their marriage.

Priaya and Matt

Added Lily to the family.

Caught a few fish…

Got to guide with a great bunch of guys!

Full Crew color2

We welcomed a grand child, Townes, to the family.

And spent another great year with my favorite person…