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The Underground Is Leaving The Building

Posted by Tom Chandler 4/2/2008

You wake up one day and realize your head feels thick and slow, and it hasn't escaped you that winter's the season of suicides and weight gain, and it's been months since you've driven with the window down or blasted Born to Run so loud even the policeman pulling you over suffers a nosebleed.

In fact, last night, you caught yourself whining about what was on TV, (OK, that wasn't you, that was me), so I dragged my butt down to the Man Cave, said the hell with reason, and got the skis prepped for the coming weekend's Stupidity Run to a Frozen Alpine Lake
-- a horror-show in the making whereby my brother and I ski many miles to a frozen alpine lake and see if we can't chip a hole in the ice to fish.

That doesn't happen for a couple days, so later today I'm filling the car with fly fishing gear, rolling down the window, risking a ticket (because you have to speed when you play Springsteen), and getting the hell off the property.

Dave Roberts openly wondered exactly what obscure point I was trying to prove with the ski trip, but I don't think there's a point hidden in here anywhere.

In simplest terms, this is spring landing a little too late; the season-sized equivalent of a mid-life crisis, writ small in the snow.

Blast and cast Undergrounders. It's time to run. More as it happens.

See you anywhere, but not if I see you first, Tom Chandler.


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Tom Chandler

As the author of the decade leading fly fishing blog Trout Underground, Tom believes that fishing is not about measuring the experience but instead of about having fun. As a staunch environmentalist, he brings to the Yobi Community thought leadership on environmental and access issues facing us today.

"GREED" AT THE SACRAMENTO BEE??? Wha? I'm aghast! ...Gary you'd be better off to roundup a herd of wild monkeys than to try to persuade THIS band of malingerers to behave. TU readers are a foul breed best left to bars, riffles and other dives for the unwary and unwise! You might regret this !!
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That which was writ small in the snow. Whose handwriting was it in?
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Oh yes,you poor kid. And to top it all off, you are running into a a nice big birthday early next week. That does not help the need to run feeling as the birthday cames anyhow. We know cabin fever and I have a few tales of my own. This too shall pass, just hang in there. Tell which ever brother Hi from us. Mom
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We are getting the nice weather here in Missouri, its all the rain keeping me off the rivers. I hear you loud and clear. My weekend trip to Arkansas to fish the White River is in Jeopardy as they are calling for three to five more inches of rain over the next couple days.....I am starting to feel like I will never fish again.
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