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

Smiles

One of the perks of being a Patagonia Ambassador are the smiles of my grandson.

THR collage Patagonia

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!

The Reel Case for Tenkara

Earlier this month I traveled to the International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD), the fly fishing industry’s trade show in Orlando, Florida. There is a virtual smorgasbord of fly fishing gear at the show and much has been and will be written about that.

However, one item caught my attention and appealed to my tenkara loving ways.

Dan Rice at Bozeman Reel Company got my attention when he showed me what they had done to the reel case they include with every reel they sell.

First Dan showed me how they had put a series of small holes in the bottom and a some stretch fabric in the top flap to aid in air circulation. They added a space on the label so you can mark the line weight.

Bozeman Reel Case closed Bozeman Reel Case open

Then Dan pointed out two pieces of velco inside the top flap and a band of elastic fabric inside the main section of the case. He pulled the top flap under his belt, securing it with the velco and the reel case now had a higher purpose; a beer holder!

Genius!

Of course, I immediately saw this as essential tenkara gear. You may not need a reel but a Bozeman Reel case is a whole other matter…

A story in Pulp Fly V3

The latest edition of Pulp Flypulpflycoverready3-sm was released this month and I had the honor and privilege of being a contributor in this edition. I found my chapter nestled in among works by very talented writers who are gifted story tellers.

Truth be told I was pretty apprehensive about the whole enterprise. Writing a short story is not something I have done a lot of. My last experience was in an 8th grade creative writing class at Derryfield School. My offering about a freewheeling rake was considered such far fetched fantasy by one of my classmates, she wrote her own version of my story from a young woman’s point of view. Needless to say I quit the genre and took up fishing…

I do enjoy telling stories and putting one down on virtual paper to be sold to the public is a leap of faith. Not sure I will keep at it because as Robert Heinlein said “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.”

You can get a copy for yourself at Pulp Fly.

Haturday

Visitors to this blog know I wear a lot of hats.
If you have visited our home you know there is quite a collection in our guest room.
So in order to share what has become somewhat of a Sadlerian trademark, Dispatches will celebrate Haturday with an visual homage to some of those many hats!
Enjoy.
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