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  • By: Greg Thomas
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I like catching large fish as much as the next guy, maybe more; the bigger the better. I have not entered that Zen realm where any trout is as good as the next as long as it’s taken from a beautiful stream, on a dry fly if at all possible.

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What gets to me more than anything is life getting in the way of fishing.

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I’ve been shooting a compound bow lately and getting in shape for hunting season, also sorting and readying a backpack so I can leave at a moment’s notice and head into the mountains for elk.

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I remember the first hint of disaster being just a little itch, like a fruit fly had landed on an arm hair and needed to be brushed aside. But this itch happened on my thigh, which was hanging unprotected, in the water, under a float tube.

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I started traveling to Alaska alone when I turned 16, taking a salmon-cannery job that required 17-hour workdays, seven days a week, for three months straight.

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For a while I didn’t think a fish was worth catching unless it was taken on a fly that came from the jaws of my vice, all threaded, leaded and possibly whip-finished by my own hands.

With Atlantic salmon stocks on the rise, Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula offers great chances for the fish of a lifetime.

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Being a travel writer and angler, I’ve endured enough to believe that karma makes or breaks trips, and that starting out on the bottom side of good fortune just isn’t right.

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The Election and Bristol Bay

I don’t really care about party lines or who you supported in the presidential election, and I won’t even ask, believing instead that everyone should cast a vote without scorn. But the fact is Barack Obama is America’s guy for the next four years, and that gives us an opportunity to kill the proposed mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay for good.

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My girls have a book titled Swimmer. It documents the life cycle of a wild Pacific salmon, including the very end, when Swimmer starts to decompose and litters the river with shreds of her flesh. Her death feeds big rainbows and Dolly Varden, but more important, she fuels the river’s nutrient base and, eventually, her offspring.

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Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, with much of that time spent in Alaska, I don’t think summer is as much about sunshine, Reef sandals and warm weather as it is about daylight, and the number of bright hours we get each day between the end of April and September.