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

Mountain Journal Writer Liam Diekmann Says His Father’s Greatest Gift Was Sewing Their Eternal Connection, With Flyrods In Hand, To Stretches Of Wild Land And Water

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Why we fish: Tom McGuane

“We have reached the time in the life of the planet and humanities demands upon it when every fisherman will have to be a river keeper, a steward of marine shallows and a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out. We must make holy war on the enemies of aquatic life as we have gillnetters, polluters and drainers of wetlands. Otherwise, as you have already learned, these creatures will continue to disappear at an alarming rate. We will lose as much as we have already lost already and there will be next to nothing, remnant populations, put-and-take, dim bulbs following the tank truck.”  –Tom McGuane writing in the Some Remarks section of his outstanding book The Longest Silence.

Why we fish: Sparse Grey Hackle

The true worth of fishing, as the experienced, sophisticated angler comes to realize, lies in the memorable contacts with people and other living creatures, scenes and places, and the living waters great and small which it provides. -Sparse Grey Hackle

Bad Boyz of the Madison

Hat tip to Mike’s Gone Fishin’…Again