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Matt Dickerson: Reflections, the scattershot way

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



•  I’m not a big fan of bullet point presentations. But it’s approaching the end of another year, which is the time when writers are expected to wrap up an entire 12 months in a single column. Which is to say, the time of year when we have an excuse to throw together a bunch of random thoughts that have at most a vague connection and call them a column. (It will get worse in four weeks. Trust me.) That’s what bullet points are for.

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Matt Dickerson: Seventy reasons to be thankful

Posted on November 25, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



Vermont’s cold, snowy January days. Vermont’s warm summer evenings.

Vermont’s warm winter afternoons. Vermont’s cool summer evenings.

Big Thanksgiving meals with relatives (especially the pies). Leftovers (especially the pies). The lunch about nine days after Thanksgiving when I don’t have to eat the leftovers again.

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Matt Dickerson: Wild and abundant

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Fishing competition spawns innovation

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: Paddling on fall's quiet lake waters

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



There are many things I look forward to every fall. Apples. Apple pie. Apple cider. Cider donuts from Happy Valley Orchard. Also autumn vegetables. Fall foliage. Chilly mornings. Warm afternoons that follow chilly mornings. Cool evenings. Spawning brown trout, brook trout and landlocked salmon.

And very high on that list: fall afternoons paddling our canoe around the local lakes.

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Matt Dickerson: For the love of fishing knowledge

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



When I moved to Addison County 25 years ago, two of my priorities were finding good local fishing and finding a good local fishing-and-outdoor store. The latter of these proved easier. Vermont Field Sports was already a well-established fixture in Middlebury in the fall of 1989. Dick Phillips opened the store in 1982 with 700 square feet of space in the Red School House building on Route 7 South.

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Matt Dickerson: Seeing the world from a bicycle

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



It is easy to think that tools and implements — from screwdrivers to spatulas, plows to pliers, or automobiles to arc welders — are passive things, whose use is determined by the user. There is some truth in this, of course. But it’s also true that we are shaped by our tools. There is wisdom in the old saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Matt Dickerson: Car camping has its own charms

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Matt Dickerson: August angling in Middlebury Gorge

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



It was the middle of the afternoon on a hot August day. Hot August days are not known for good fishing in Vermont, especially for trout. And mid-afternoon might be the worst possible time to fish on a hot summer day. But I hadn’t been fishing in weeks. A major house project combined with a new position at work had sucked up nearly every minute of free time throughout the month of July. My rods had been sitting idle in my office collecting dust and cobweb. I needed to fish. Even if I didn’t catch anything, I needed to fish.

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Sports Column: Fishing in Vermont: Always give a proper welcome

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Matt Dickerson



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