By Chuck Stranahan
The Fly Fishing Journal 

In the bleak midwinter


January 11, 2024

Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal

I'll take the stillness.

I'll take the fact I don't have to shovel snow. I'll take streets that are mostly dry and fairly safe to drive on in the afternoons and the luxury of not having much of anyplace to go most mornings.

I'll take the daily temperatures that produce highs, some days, that bring mist off the river. The mist, if everything goes just right, freezes overnight to appear as hoar frost the following mornings; some mornings there is enough sunlight to turn the whole landscape into a sparkling crystal panorama.

Like the best moments of a sunset, this glistening display doesn't l...

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