I will be at Kinokuniya Bookstore in the Seattle International District this coming Saturday, June 20th, at 2:00pm. Come check it out if you can–it’s a great excuse to hang in the I.D., forage up some great dim sum, and then listen to me talk about and read from Closer to the Ground. Did I mention that a signed copy of of Closer to the Ground makes a great Father’s Day gift? Okay, my publisher made me add that last bit…
Weston wants a dog. Probably more than anything else in the world. But for a number of reasons, we just can’t have one at this point. Having grown up with dogs, I understand his feelings, and I think eventually, Weston will get his wish. But for now, there is Honey.
Honey is a kind, gentle, enthusiastic one-year old lab with impeccable manners. And a lot of energy. She belongs to our good friend Smarty, and while he’s away, Weston likes to think of Honey as his own special buddy.
I took these pictures on the dock in front of Honey’s house, while Weston threw sticks and Honey fetched, over and over again. Neither would quit until total exhaustion set in. And even then, Weston didn’t want to leave. But I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.
As part of the re-launch for the second edition, Patagonia Books commissioned this little “book trailer.” I’m not really sure what that means or how it works, but I think the idea is that the video helps sell books. In which case, as weird as it is seeing and hearing myself onscreen, I’m all for it. And the kids and I had a fun time with the shoot.
Huge thanks to the good folks at Vignette Creative for doing such a beautiful job.
I will probably post this again when we’re closer to the release date of the paperback, but thought I’d put up an early peek now. Hope you like it.
The kids had been practicing with fly rods in the backyard, and they were looking pretty good. Their waders still fit, too. So we decided to run up into the Cascades for a day of chasing trout the color of butterflies, as my friend Bill McMillan calls them. We’re usually so focused on saltwater fishing close to home, as a parent, I realized I’ve been slow to introduce them to something that brought me so much happiness as a kid. I haven’t been trout fishing in years, but there’s something about small streams, dry flies and kids that just go together. That’s Skyla, above, focused as usual, and Weston, simply happy to be able to sit in the water and stay dry. The boy does love his waders!
As you can see, it was also an opportunity to mess around with my brand-new-to-me, used, waterproof camera that my good friend Brian Bennett is selling me at great discount. Missed my focus on the one above, but it was almost there. I used this camera for the recent Cuba posts, but this is the first time I actually put it in the water. I’m stoked to have it.
The kids discovered that currents, rock walls, and overhanging branches all make casting a lot tougher in “real life” than in the yard. I discovered how challenging it is to help two kids wade and fly fish at the same time. We struggled a bit, and the fishing was slow due to low water temps and the amount of time we spent hooked up to trees and bushes, but we all had a great time. Late in the day, as we hiked back to the car, Skyla insisted (as usual) that we “try one more spot” before going home. We found a gorgeous, deep pool, and Weston and I worked the tailout together. I sent Skyla up to the head of the run on her own, and there, without any help from Dad, she made the cast, made the drift, and watched a fish come up through four feet of air-clear water to eat her fly. She set the hook perfectly and landed a gorgeous little cutthroat, our best fish of the day. All by herself. That’s her fish above, the color of butterflies.
What an uplifting event we had at the Portland Patagonia store last week. I’m not sure how many people were there, but it was a full house and we took in eighty-five $10 donations for Native Fish Society. But more than that, it was gratifying to feel the interest growing around the whole hatchery issue, as people begin to understand what a biological and financial failure it’s been. We had spirited–yet respectful–dialog during the Q & A session, and it was good to talk with so many new people.
My good friend and fellow Patagonia ambassador, Dave McCoy, lent his considerable photography, video and social skills, helping to make the event all the better. That’s one of Dave’s shots above, of me swinging the hatchery hammer, and another below from a bit farther back.
Huge thanks to Patagonia and Native Fish Society for putting the whole evening together, and to Patagonia Provisions, Hot Lips Pizza, Ninkasi Brewing and Brew Dr. Kombucha for the great food and drinks. Perhaps the most gratifying part of the event was an announcement by the pro-hatchery organizations that they would be boycotting all the companies that participated. Which means we’re gaining some serious traction. Let’s show these companies that supporting fish conservation is good business.