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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 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Outdoor column: Grand Canyon and small humans

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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From time to time something happens that puts into perspective not just my own life and achievements, but the scale of human accomplishment in general. Usually the thing that “happens” is nature.

 This past week my wife, Deborah, and I visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time. It is difficult to describe that first impression, walking down toward the edge and seeing the breathtaking vista begin to open up before us.

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Matt Dickerson: More than sports played outdoors

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



“Just what is an outdoor sport, anyway?”

That is the question I am often asked when people discover that I am a famous outdoor sports columnist. Which is to say, if I ever become a famous outdoor sports columnist, I imagine somebody might ask me that question.  Indeed, I spent a great deal of time imagining the questions my devoted fans will one day ask me if I ever have any devoted fans. Do I use steroids? Have I ever blood-doped? How long before I retire?

Therefore, I thought it would be prudent to prepare a few answers. Just in case.

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Dickerson: Bears, beers, bars and other odds and ends

Posted on March 11, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Dickerson: Offering praise for the white stuff

Posted on February 18, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



I hesitate to use superlatives in writing, especially when describing any sort of sporting activity or weather phenomena. We live in an age of hyper-sensationalism when blizzards are given names and every other snowstorm is hyped up to be the storm of the decade (or century), when any athlete who makes a decent play is called a “hero,” and when a football that loses a bit of air pressure due to a drop in temperature gets national media attention for a week and prompts calls for public executions.

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Matt Dickerson: Washing out and rinsing down

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Earlier this month I spent a long weekend in Oregon.

Oregon is deservedly famous for at least two things. One is craft breweries. According to 2013 Brewers Association statistics, Oregon boasts 6.3 craft breweries per 100,000 adults, ranking No. 1 in the country in that category. (For the record, Vermont claims 6.2 per 100,000, placing us at a very close No. 2. By contrast, our neighbors New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York have a mere 2.2, 1.2, and 1.1, respectively.)

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Matt Dickerson: Merry fishing — patience on ice

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Matt Dickerson



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We were out on the ice of Christopher Lake an hour before sunrise, and 30 minutes before the legal start of the new fishing season. But we needed those 30 minutes. The previous afternoon, in preparation for our early morning excursion, I had drilled 10 eight-inch diameter holes through ice a half a foot thick. But as I expected, an inch or so of new ice had formed during the night, and we needed the augers to reopen the holes.

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