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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Fishing and fall foliage

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have often thought — and said aloud — that a bad autumn for Vermont foliage is better than a great autumn anywhere else. Which is another way of saying that there is no such thing as bad foliage here. Even on those Octobers when we spoiled Vermonters complain that “the colors are dull this year,” our wooded hillsides are still quite beautiful.

The same might be said about fishing. Some say “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” I say simply that there is no such thing as a bad day of fishing.

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Outdoor column by Matt Dickerson: Glacier blues and maple reds

Posted on October 3, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I first visited Banff National Park in 1985. I was 22, traveling with my parents, an older brother and his wife and two-year-old daughter, and one younger brother. We were working our way down the Rockies from a family reunion in British Columbia to the wedding in Boulder, Colo., of our other brother.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: The life of a Vermont game warden

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



When New Haven native Wes Butler graduated in 2010 from Paul Smith’s College, he had no intention of becoming a game warden. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fish and wildlife science in order to become a wildlife biologist. He concentrated on the wildlife half rather than the fisheries half for fear that a career in fisheries might spoil his lifelong passion for angling. But the most important thing was to be on the biology side of management, and not on the law enforcement side.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Outdoors matters

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



It’s Tuesday morning, the day after Labor Day. Classes won’t start in earnest at Middlebury College for another six days. Today, however, is the first full day of activities for first-year students who arrived on campus yesterday. So here I am at a reception, carrying out my role as faculty member introducing myself to parents of these new students. I sip coffee and make conversation, sometimes asking questions, sometimes answering them, and sometimes just listening to nervous banter while trying to be reassuring and friendly.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Fledglings in the wilderness

Posted on August 22, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: The Haunting – some big fish tales

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



Norman Maclean ends his novella “A River Runs Through It” with a sentence at once both simple and profound: “I am haunted by waters.”

There are times I know what he means. Most of the time, though, I am haunted by fish. Not by fish in general, but by specific fish in particular places. And without exception, they are fish I have not caught.

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Sports Column: Friendship, fishing and philosophy

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



This past week I was able to get out fishing on three consecutive days for the first time in this summer of rain. More importantly, I was able to get out fishing with my close friend David O’Hara.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: Dampened: Getting wet in the outdoors

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



How do I write about the recent rain without complaining or whining?

I could just dryly state some of the facts about various state records we have set for rainfall in May and June, or about how many times above average our June rainfall was this year. But anybody living within a few hundred miles of Addison County already knows this. As one friend posted on Facebook, it only rained twice last month: once for twelve days, and once for eighteen days. I have streams flowing around my property where I have never before had streams.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: Learning fishing with my father

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have a very clear idea of when my passion for fishing began. And it was all my father’s fault.

It was late May, three weeks before my ninth birthday. My father took me on a wilderness fishing and camping trip to the famed Allagash River in northern Maine. There was plenty of time for momentum to build in my young mind. Each of the previous four years my father had taken one of my older brothers on the trip, in alternating turns, as I impatiently awaited the age when I (the youngest of three sons) would be deemed old enough to join the rotation.

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