“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

Edward Abbey

Swedish Lapland TLC:M.FauvetSwedish Lapland

” Maybe this world is another planet’s hell. “

~ Aldous Huxley

i can’t but help but wonder what their heaven would be like…

'another planet's hell TLC:M.Fauvet 9-1-14

“The statue stood quiet and still, like the silhouette of a tired mime. ”

~ Jarod Kintz

Ipt silhouette TLC 21-11-13

“The fish in the creek said nothing. Fish never do. Few people know what fish think about injustice, or anything else.”

~ Ursula K. Le Guin, Catwings

i’m in the middle of a hmmm, that’s an interesting quote that conjures up images of strange waterside conversations and then, hmmm, that’s overly romanticised bullocks… moment.
at first my thoughts are the fish feel the same but then, this means i’m going along with the quote, playing Ursi’s game and i’ll have none of that, thank you.
although i’ll keep trying i’m also quite sure i’ll never make any sense out of these matters any time soon but in the meantime…

here’s a fish. a silent fish. a fish that doesn’t produce metaphysical migraines.

taliking trout TLC 13-11-13

“Sometimes the fish talks back to you”

 ”Because none of the things are yourself, not really. The ideas come from someplace else. It’s like fish,” he says.

'fech off' bow TLC 22-9-13

What’s like fish? “The ideas,” says Lynch. “You didn’t make the fish. You caught the fish. Now you can cook it in a good way or a bad way, but that’s as far as it goes. The fish came from someplace else. And sometimes …” His eyes take on a faraway look. “Sometimes it talks back to you. Tells you how it wants to be cooked.”
big thanks going out to David Lynch for giving me the opportunity to use a crappy photo i was about to throw out. what strikes me is that we both have completely different thoughts on how fish interact with us, seems like most of mine say “get on with it and let me go ! “  interesting how they get cocky when they find out they’re next stop isn’t going to be a pan…

of ichthyological interest (and apart from the sassing), the pic above shows how fish eyes and olfactory thingies bulge out when in their environment, something we don’t see when a fish is held out of water. maybe the pic isn’t so crappy after all.

“And so with skill of the anglers the men circumvent the fish by the following artful contrivance. They wrap the hook in scarlet wool, and to the wool they attach two feathers that grow beneath a cocks wattles and are the colour of wax. The fishing-rod is of six feet long, and so is the line. So they let down this lure, and the fish attracted and excited by colour, comes meet it, and fancying from the beauty of the of the sight that he is going to have a wonderful banquet,opens wide his mouth, is entangled with the hook, and gains a bitter feast , for he is caught.”

little does it know it’ll be going back home in a few seconds without ever having left the water, but then deception is all part of the game i guess.

c&r TLC 6-9-13

title quote: the first written reference to fly fishing and fly tying- Claudius Aelianus 170-235 AD

“I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish. And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.”

Britney Spears…

'Britney TLC 26-8-13