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Outdoor column by Matt Dickerson: Pursuit of trout in a surprising spot

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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If I had been asked a few months ago to name the state with the largest chapter of Trout Unlimited, my first few guesses would have been the classic fly-fishing and trout states of Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. If I had been reminded of the low population densities of those states, I might have instead guessed Colorado (and some river in the Denver area) or Michigan (with its famous trout streams not too far north of Detroit) or even California or Oregon. Or perhaps Maine. Or New York.

Indeed, there are many other states I would have guessed before I landed on Texas.

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Outdoor column by Matt Dickerson: Pursuit of trout in a surprising spot

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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If I had been asked a few months ago to name the state with the largest chapter of Trout Unlimited, my first few guesses would have been the classic fly-fishing and trout states of Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. If I had been reminded of the low population densities of those states, I might have instead guessed Colorado (and some river in the Denver area) or Michigan (with its famous trout streams not too far north of Detroit) or even California or Oregon. Or perhaps Maine. Or New York.

Indeed, there are many other states I would have guessed before I landed on Texas.

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Outdoors column by Matt Dickerson: On delight and being outdoors

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



My wife and I love the way that certain animals play. She is especially fond of ravens, and delights to read accounts or watch videos of their frolicking. They have been known to sled on their bellies and wings down snowy hills, or repeatedly fly over big chimneys in the winter and tumble head-over-wing in the updraft. They seem also to like playing tricks on people, even when the trick has no practical advantage to them.

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Matt Dickerson: Enjoying the feast of Nordic snow, preparing for the famine

Posted on January 3, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Dickerson outdoor column: Of hobbits, the outdoors and love of Christmas

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



This past weekend I watched Peter Jackson’s latest spectacle, “The Hobbit.” Though the film revels in violent action, and in that way is very different from Tolkien’s classic book of the same name, the book and film do have a few things in common.

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Matt Dickerson: Second-guessing after the deer season

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



Second-guessing: evaluating a decision after the outcome of that decision is known; being critical of an action with the added advantage of hindsight. “Monday morning quarterbacking” we call it. But this column is not about football.

I am a storyteller. This week I had planned for my column a story about my harvesting of a deer during the 2012 season. Maybe two stories: one about rifle season and one about muzzleloading.

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Sports Column: Of Hobbits, hunting and Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Sports Column: Why one youth hunts (and more really ought to)

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



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“Squirrels are way too loud!” That’s was the comment from 13-yearold Jake Pyne. It wasn’t really a complaint. Merely one of many observations he made while hunting with his father.

“When I’m in the woods hunting deer it’s hard not to notice other things. Just sitting quietly you get to see how the wildlife acts when they think no one is around,” was another.

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Sports Column: Art, function and the great outdoors

Posted on October 10, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



 

By the time my nephew Michael was 13 years old, he was not only tying his own flies but was selling them to a local fly-fishing store. These were functional flies; they were tied with the intention of being used to catch fish. But Michael was an artist. He took great pride in his work. He subscribed to a magazine devoted not to fly-fishing but just to the tying of flies.

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Sports Column: New fishing platform is a boon for all

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



Anyone driving up Lincoln Road along the New Haven River from Bristol to West Lincoln in the past few weeks is sure to have noticed a new structure hanging over the water at Eagle Park. Indeed, over the past several months regular commuters have seen the entire project slowly take shape, including the grading and construction of a ramp leading from a parking lot down toward a bend in the river, and then eventually the appearance of a sturdy new platform and railings along with some attractive landscaping.

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