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Matt Dickerson: Thoughts on snow, skiing and love

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



My wife, Deborah, and I celebrated St. Valentine’s Day last week by going cross-country skiing together up at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton. It was our 29th Valentine’s Day since we got married, and our 30th together counting the February when we were engaged and planning our wedding.

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Matt Dickerson: On steelhead, friendship and suffering

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I used to be able to count on my older brother Ted. Any time we planned a fishing trip together, something would happen to make it more interesting and challenging.

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Matt Dickerson: Cabin fever and the green caddis pupa

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



I can go seven or eight weeks in a row without fishing if I want to. I just don’t want to.

Although if do go eight weeks without fishing, I want it to be in the winter when I am cross-country skiing. Which I’ve been trying to do regularly, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Twice in the past couple weeks we’ve been promised a half-foot of new snow, and twice the promises have been broken like the word of an unfaithful lover.

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Matt Dickerson: Outdoor Dreams, 2017

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



And, so, another new year has started. And, to be honest, I’m not sure what to expect. Volatility seems to be the operative word for the year.

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Matt Dickerson: Big and small discoveries of 2016

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



One of my first discoveries of 2016 was that it is possible to catch trout in Indiana.

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Matt Dickerson: Of bears and sheep and fear and love ... and Christmas

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



“Do not be afraid.”

That’s what the angels said on that first Christmas night, when they paid a visit to a bunch of shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks.

Not in English, of course. Neither the King James “Fear not,” nor the more modern “Do not be afraid.” The angels were presumably speaking Aramaic — the language spoken and understood by first century Jewish shepherds. Still, what a thing to say!

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Matt Dickerson: Following a beeline through snowy woods

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Just 40 yards from my stand, the tracks cut across the lumber trail I was walking along. They were too big to miss even in the dim light of dawn.

Bee thief. Honey stealer.

Black bear.

The tracks, left in three inches of heavy wet snow, were still distinct and fresh. Probably less than an hour old, I thought.

Five subsequent thoughts then crossed my mind, in the following order, I think.

Thought No. 1: This is really cool. It would be even cooler to actually see a bear. I hadn’t seen a bear in Vermont in two years.

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Matt Dickerson: Taking to the woods; reflections on the morning after

Posted on November 16, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Last weekend I took to the woods.

Ever since I was a child, the woods have been my retreat. If I had a bad day at school, I’d get off the bus, trudge the quarter mile up our quiet road, drop my books in the house, and head out the back door over the hill to a quiet ledge beneath the trees. There I would let the solitude — the majesty of a grove of old oak trees, the playfulness of the squirrels, the carefree singing of chickadees and nuthatches, and maybe just the life of the soil beneath my back — seep into me and refresh my spirit.

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Matt Dickerson: A lot of work for one trout

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



It started in Indiana in February. Friday afternoon speaking at one university, and Monday morning at another. It made little sense to come home in between, so I spent Saturday trying to get caught up on work and writing. And on Sunday I found a guide to take me steelhead fishing on a small tributary to Lake Michigan.

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Matt Dickerson: Of fishing, walking, reading and writing

Posted on October 13, 2016 |
By Matt Dickerson



Every once in a while, several stray strands of thought wind together in my mind — like fur, feathers, thread and a sharp metal hook that turn into a fly.

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