Casting accuracy: When less can be more

Is it ever desirable to cast less accurately?
Photo: Fishing the Madison River in Montana (photo: John Juracek).

Here’s a brute fact: Accurate fly casting catches fish. Everywhere and of all kinds. The more accurately you place your fly, the more and larger fish you’re going to catch (over time, of course, and assuming other presentation factors are equal). Few, if any, of the expert anglers I know would quarrel with this concept.

But is it possible to cast too accurately? Is it possible that placing our fly too precisely can actually hamper our success? These are questions that, in my experience, rarely get asked or even considered.

The future of the Republican party can't be rolling back regulations to own the libs

Increasingly, conservatives are speaking up for action on climate change
Members of the group Young Evangelicals for Climate Action demonstrate in front of the White House (photo: Luke Overstreet).

On February 26, 2015, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, walked onto the floor of the U.S. Senate toting a snowball as a prop. According to Inhofe, the mere existence of the snowball was proof that climate change was a hoax.

Since Inhofe’s stunt, science denial has flowed from the mouths of Republican leadership, flooding news outlets, and social media with nonsense while hundred-year storms have flooded the heartland and wildfires have charred the American West.

Deer Christine

A tale of wild harvest gone wrong
Photo: Adrian Scottow

In all my bowhunting years, I’d never killed a Halloween deer before. But at 7:57 a.m. on October 31 a mature whitetail doe lay expired at the end of a short blood trail in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County. This is the same Newton County that’s nested the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) outbreak in Arkansas.

Skunk week

Humility is the best teacher
Photo: Chad Shmukler

Unfortunately, humility doesn't come in small doses. You can't take a prescribed amount, or get "just enough" of it.

It comes, instead, in waves. It washes over you, permeates you. It seeks out your weaknesses and puts them on display for the world to see. It giggles and sniggers. It points and whispers.

By definition, it humbles.

Trump's record on the environment and public lands is worse than you think

Tracking Trump’s attacks on clean water, clean air, healthy habitats, wildlife and public lands
Photo: CCO

Donald Trump has been widely labeled the most anti-environment president in U.S. history, repeatedly portayed as the most dedicated enemy of clean air, clean water, wildlife and public lands this country has ever seated in the Oval Office.