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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Dangers of fishing (in the lower 48)

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



My good friend Dave was recently hit by a flying boat while walleye fishing in South Dakota.

Getting hit by a flying boat was probably not on Dave’s list of dangers to avoid while fishing. He and I spent the summer teaching and traveling together in Alaska. As the adults responsible for the safety of nine college students, we had a long list of potential dangers associated with fishing and spending time on the waters of Alaska. We worked hard to minimize and mitigate them. But we were aware of them.

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Sports Column: Post from Alaska part 4 - Trout, tundra and the arctic

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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It was late evening. I’d been in leaky waders all day and didn’t want to put them on again. So I was standing barefoot, knee-deep in the icy waters of an arctic river flowing across tundra toward the Chukchi Sea. My shins and ankles ached. My feet were numb. But at the moment, I was not aware of the pain. My heart was pumping with adrenaline because I’d just seen that the big fish at the end of my fly line was not another chum salmon, but my first ever sea-run Dolly Varden trout.

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Matt Dickerson in Alaska with seals and sea kayaks near Seward

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson provides posts from Alaska Part 1: The Yurts

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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“I want to stay in a yurt.”

That’s what my wife Deborah told me. The comment did not come out of the blue. Two years ago I went on a research trip to Alaska. It was the summer of the graduation of my oldest son, Thomas, from Saint Michael’s College. So I added a week to the end of my research trip, and took Thomas with me as his graduation present. We backpacked, fished, biked, and saw Dahl’s sheep. We also went on a three-night sea-kayaking trip in Kachemak Bay near Homer, and stayed in a yurt at Right Beach.

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Matt Dickerson: Fishing brings people together

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I am often amazed at the connections that happen through fishing.  Indeed, “connections” is too sterile a word. They can be profoundly serendipitous, community-building, and often lifelong. 

Fishing is about connections. The most obvious one is between human and fish.

A classic blessing among anglers is “tight lines”—a quick way of saying, “may you often find yourself connected to a fish.”

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Matt Dickerson: Fly fishing in Vermont scratches different itches

Posted on June 10, 2015 |
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It was Friday morning, and we’d just loaded our fishing gear into the car, but neither of us had a preference for any particular stretch of river. As I sat behind the steering wheel in my driveway trying to decide which way to go, I suggested pike fishing in Otter Creek, probably from my canoe.

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Matt Dickenson: Spring into summer with pike

Posted on May 27, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



Wyatt Allenson caught a big pike. But I’m getting ahead of myself. My story this week is supposed to be about trout fishing in May.

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Matt Dickerson: Even as weather changes, the joys of fishing stay the same

Posted on May 13, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Sluggish spring and wintery waters

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
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