Thursday, July 12, 2012

FR on MidCurrent

A couple of months ago when MidCurrent advertised that they were looking for a couple of interns, I entertained the thought and made some inquiries. I decided that I was unable to make the time commitment, but MidCurrent publisher Marshall Cutchin asked if I would be willing to submit creative work from time to time. Last month they published a short piece called "The Hexes are Coming!" and now this week they featured in their weekly newsletter my latest piece. Here's the opening.

UP Solitaire- Upper Tahquamenon


I’M FRANTICALLY TRYING TO RETIE. I have my fly in one hand and my curlicued leader in the other.  A sharp pain on my elbow signals yet another deer fly bite.  Several more are circling, landing on my hands and buzzing my hat brim, making life miserable. Sweat is running off my nose, leaking from under my hat, down my neck and face. I’m just as wet inside my waders as out, as this is one of the hottest days of summer yet.  After an interminable time spent tying on this one lousy fly I’m ready. Except that while tying, swatting and sweating I’ve managed to wrap my fly line in the nearest tag alder and now this must be untangled while simultaneously waging war on the deer flies. I’ve started my own personal deer fly hatch. I hope the brookies appreciate it.


Please go to Midcurrent to read the rest. It's one of my best. Here's the link.


http://midcurrent.com/travel/up-solitaire-upper-tahquamenon/

proof of savagery in the UP

11 comments:

  1. Great read on Mid Current, Jason. Enjoyed it very much. I commented over there... = ) So, what kind of spray can you use to warn off the deer flies? A regular bug spray?

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    1. Thanks RD. Nothing works very well on deer flies. Except maybe a hammer.

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  2. Very nice piece Jason. I enjoyed it very much.

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    1. Thank you Howard. It's always appreciated.

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  3. Congratulations Jason! Keep it up. I hope this means you can start thinking about doing this kind of thing for a living......fly fishing!!!!!

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    1. Writing as a career seems to be one of the hardest to break into. It's as much who you know as how you write.

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  4. You ate a bananna for breakfast?? A BANANNA?!? This is madness! The fact that you caught fish is astonishing!

    Honestly, great read man. If ever there was someone to get me hooked onto trout fishing, it'd be you.

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    1. I had to eat SOMETHING that was good for me.

      We should do a foreign exchange- you come up and trout fish, and I'll come down and fish the salt.

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    2. I guess it could have been worse...you could have brought a bananna on a boat.

      And anytime you want to mix it up and chase some saltwater fish, just let me know! Just leave the banannas at home haha

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    3. That's a very yellow kayak you're paddling. Bananas are rich in phosphorous I'll have you know. Other than that, the thought that I had at least one item of fruit mad me think I wasn't destroying myself with junk food.

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  5. Awesome stuff JT! Keep up all the good work...hopefully you're finding more time on the water than me.

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