It was a cold, rainy day in April in the southern suburbs of Denver. I looked out my bedroom window, anxiously hoping the spring squall would go away. I’ll never forget my...
The 9’5wt Orvis Clearwater deserves an article’s worth of accolades, but if nothing else this rod proves a surprising truth:
Orvis has, for the moment, lept to the front of the pack in the arms race that is manufacturing fly fishing tackle. Top to bottom, Orvis’ offerings outdo or match even the fiercest competition, and the updated Orvis Clearwater is perhaps the best example of this resurgence.
Hatch Magazine has been preaching the same message for years: anglers who want to become more effective have to pay the piper. That means grabbing your gear, heading for the river, and putting in your time on the water. Nothing beats personal experience, or learning from the mistakes that we all make. Unfortunately, though, it can take decades to gain enough experience, while very few of us have the freedom to spend an unlimited amount of time on the water.
A few weeks back, I sat in my Monday afternoon contemporary American literature class while we discussed the current renaissance of love for the American West in film and literature. The class is small, required for my major, and I’m a junior in college, so everyone knows me as that “guy who writes about fish and killing elk.”
I protest that I only hunt elk; killing one is lucky.
So, the class deferred discussion to me when our professor said, “Give me some examples of your favorite contemporary Western literature.”
“Would you pick Larry Bird or Magic? Who is better Michael or LeBron? Would you take Russell Westbrook or Steph Curry?”