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Matt Dickerson: Coming home

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



My older brother Ted just visited me from Alaska.

All three of my brothers enjoy outdoor activities. They have all done some camping, hiking and fishing. But Ted is my brother who enjoys outdoor recreation the most. Perhaps even more than I do. Like me he grew up in small town New England and was raised on fishing and camping trips with our father in northern Maine.

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Matt Dickerson: A tangle of anglers

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



So what do you call a collection of similar creatures? For most common animals you probably know. Wolves, coyotes and dogs gather in packs. Unless they are newborns, in which case we have a litter.

There are prides of lions and broods of chickens. A gathering of sheep is called a flock. So is a gathering of geese. Unless they are flying, in which case they are called a skein. Or if they are grounded they can be called a gaggle.

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Matt Dickerson: Of bull trout and the ethics of fishing, filming

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Vermonters may have seen a story circulating the Internet. It involves Montana Wild, a media company specializing in fly-fishing and hunting films. Many Addison County residents are familiar with their work; it has been featured in the Fly Fishing Film Tour, which has packed the Town Hall Theater every April for the past several years.

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Matt Dickerson: This place really does have some fine fishing

Posted on February 10, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



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By late morning the air temperature had climbed to about 42 degrees Fahrenheit. It was downright balmy by the standards of early February steelhead fishing. Cocooned beneath my waders in multiple layers of fleece I was actually too warm. I would have gladly traded some of that warmth for a fish or two. But the first four hours of fishing hadn’t produced even a nibble.

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Matt Dickerson: A medititation on snow

Posted on January 27, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Kids love to play. It’s natural. Put a kid next to a puddle, with or without mud boots, and you have an entertainment system that rivals the most expensive video game console. A pile of fresh snow on the ground is even better. It can make kids of us all. It can also make photographers of us all.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: A fly rod in the hand

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have often thought of tools and technologies as neutral. They are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. What matters is how we use them. So I thought, and so I argued.

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Matt Dickerson: My biggest wish for the new year

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



It seems that we live in a time of extremes.

Looking out our window this morning at several inches of fresh snow, I had my first hope of some cross-country skiing. Then I got to the breakfast table and looked out the big window. The precipitation had changed to an ugly mix of sleet and rain.

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Matt Dickerson: Entering the story

Posted on December 16, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I like fishing. I like telling stories. I’ve enjoyed doing both for as long as I can remember. Some say that fishing and telling stories are two sides of the same coin. Fish + Stories = Fish Stories.

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Matt Dickerson: Nostalgia (and wild animal photos)

Posted on December 2, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



For the past several weeks I’ve been getting a large number of texts and social media messages from my good friend David O’Hara. Dave is a former Vermont resident now living in the flatlands of southeastern South Dakota, and feeling nostalgic for the cold trout streams and not-so-flat lands of Vermont. It is always good to hear from Dave. He is one of my closest friends, and the co-author with me of three books, most recently “Downstream,” a collection of essays on fly-fishing, ecology, philosophy and Appalachia.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: Appreciating our autumn harvest

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I was at a dinner event this week with about 20 people. We gathered around a large table. As often happens, there were several conversations going on during the meal, and then again after the meal as we mingled in different groups as guests slowly rose and prepared to depart. Two of the conversations I took part in were prompted by very different topics and involved different people, but took an interesting turn toward a common theme.

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