I feel like an old man waking up in the middle of a conversation.
I've just found out who Kirk Werner is. And now he's gone AWOL.
He's the author of the above blog, and the author of this post: http://unaccomplishedangler.com/2011/01/fly-fishing-needs-dirty-harry/ which is about the funniest thing I've ever read.
At the risk of alienating my readership, I'm going to do a little speculating as to his retirement and whereabouts- there's a $50 gift certificate at stake. Feel free to let your eyes glaze over and roll back in your head. Or better still, click on the link above and get some actual entertainment.
From the couple of posts I read besides the above, I take it Mr. Werner loves to write and fish, and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Steelhead seem to be high in his list, which rules out the Great Lakes, which are frozen solid this winter and currently recieving the worst blizzard in decades. Plus, it's easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than get a left coaster to fish steelhead in flyover country.
Mr Werner is also the writer of a series of childrens books- Olive the Woolly Bugger. I've actually seen these in my neighborhood bookstore, and must admit that my thoughts about them were a little uncharitable. This was before I had read any of his work.
My guess- that he's disappeared into some remote valley to write Judy-Blumesque novels for adolescents. Something along the lines of "Rose the Steelhead Smolt". It will of course be along the lines of the changing life of a steelhead parr as it smolts, abandoned by its parents at birth, dodging predators, joining a school, then heading to an urban area to eat or get eaten. Along the way she makes friends, meets some young bucks, experiments with dioxin. Through it all she never gives up her dream of returning to her home waters with lots of silver. Or chrome.
He could just be laughing himself to sleep knowing that somewhere out there, people like me are staying up trying to finagle fifty bucks in his name.
Curses on you Kirk Werner, you'd better be working on that Dirty Harry script.