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Where Do We Go From Here? (or, The Underground Ends?)

Posted by Tom Chandler 11/14/2014 5 minutes

Sorry for the extended radio silence. The plan was to laze about (from a blogging perspective) for a couple months while the L&&T and I discussed what we wanted to do when we grew up.

When you're in your 50s, that's not a trivial question.

Included in that discussion was my work, recreational writing, family responsibilities -- the usual tangle of stuff you'll find wrapped around a mid-50s working professional raising two very energetic young girls.

Topics included the Trout Underground, the simple fly fishing blog that somehow acquired a life of its own.

When I founded the Underground in November of 2005, it wasn't about anything more than going fishing. And maybe bringing a handful of like-minded fishermen along for the ride.

That ride eventually came to include things like the sometimes-surreal life of Wally the Wonderdog, his death, my conversion to small stream angler, my father's passing, the adoption of the two cutest daughters on earth, the recognition of the slaw dog as nature's perfect food, an attempt to define fly fishing in ten words or less, Little M's first fishing trip, kid's fishing day at the hatchery, our "Top 10" posts and other weird shit.

Trout Underground The Trout Underground after its early 2006 switch to blog software.

 

These days, I'm still fishing the little stuff, but between my two "entering-the-taxi-years" daughters and that whole making a living thing, my fishing trips have taken on the flavor of respite rather than exploration. In other words, I'm not Pushing Back the Boundaries of the Known Fly Fishing World, I'm Mostly Getting The Hell Out Of The House.

I'm typically driving to a small stream, fishing it for a couple hours, picking up the kids, knocking together something for dinner, scratching my head over their homework, and then falling down exhausted after they're in bed.

Doesn't leave much room to conduct a literary search for seminal fly fishing truths.

The L&&T -- who knows the Underground has offered something of safety valve in the sanity department over the years -- suggested a reboot, turning it into something broader; an outdoor blog encompassing fishing, hiking and outdoor stuff, including kids and what I'll call "outdoor parenting."

Not a half bad idea.

Here's One Reason It's A Half-Bad Idea

In 2010 I published a short, little-trafficked post about outdoor writer Tom Stienstra's arrest. More than three years later, he dumbly sued me for defamation.

Stienstra lost his court case, and the L&&T and I assumed that was the end of it.

Sadly, we were wrong.

Someone only peripherally involved in the case began harassing us (and a client) via a series of semi-coherent emails. Our attorney extracted a promise to leave us the hell alone. That only sorta worked, but it didn't matter.

The SF Weekly rightly ridiculed the lawsuit in this article (the Redding Searchlight also had an opinion about the lawsuit).

That apparently triggered a fairly astonishing email from another interested party, the title of which should have been "You will pay for your insolence." It threatened to have our kids removed, promised an IRS audit, suggested our lives would be ruined, yadda yadda.

It was empty posturing right up to the last paragraph, which unfortunately included a reference to the sender's handgun skills.

Our attorney wasn't amused, and neither were my friends in law enforcement.

By then, we'd pretty much exhausted our supply of "turn the other cheek." We're trying to resolve this fire drill outside a courtroom (we'll see), but with this kind of inanity occurring in the background, we've elected not to publicize our comings and goings -- or those of our kids.

In other words, scratch the Outdoor Underground, Parental Edition.

What's Next?

I'm taking the winter off. And probably most of the spring. In fact, I may never fire up the Underground again.

In simple terms, my daughters have changed me. (I don't mean the crippling sleeplessness. I'm simply acknowledging the future.)

With kids growing up, it's hard to look at issues like income inequality, the militarization of the police, climate change, the erosion of civil rights, the loss of privacy or the destruction of the environment in quite the same way.

In terms of the future, I've got skin in the game.

So while I've enjoyed the million-plus words I've written about fly fishing, I'm thinking the next million might be better invested elsewhere.

You know -- ask some hard questions. Challenge some bad thinking. Kick over a few anthills. Journalism, but not the mushy sort where you pretend a bad thing might be a good thing because some asshole is willing to give you a quote to that effect.

Right now, I'm posting the odd bit about writing on my Writer Underground blog. And I'm not ruling out any fishing-related work. But I am looking farther afield.

After the crazy dies down a little, I may fire up another online publication. I own a couple of interesting domains, and life is often an irresistibly circular affair.

Just saying.

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Roll Credits...

I've loved this song ever since it closed the Northern Exposure TV series. Might as well use it here:


While That's Playing...

Thanks to everyone who had a hand in the Underground. It's meant more to me than is apparent, and while this journey is at an end, I can safely say it wasn't a boring one.

The part I never got used to was the moment where a car would creep past me in a fishing access parking lot, then stop, back up, and a voice would ring out "Hey, are you that fishing blogger guy?"

I love my readers (most of them anyway). You folks were willing to play the kind of mind games that made the Underground interesting.

On the stream, once I found something that worked, my first impulse was to see what else might work. The Underground gave me license to do pretty much the same thing with my writing. (Consider it a goofy version of the scientific method, only with verbs and beer.)

I hope my readers will keep doing good deeds. I'd suggest we're at a point where we need it.

See you around, Tom Chandler.

M1 casting her fly rod The best fly fishing picture I ever took. 
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Red Bluff is a city in and the county seat of Tehama County, California, United States. The population was 14,076 at the 2010 census, up from 13,147 at the 2000 census. Red Bluff is ... moreon the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, and is the third largest city in the Shasta Cascade region. It is about 30 mi south of Redding, 40 mi northwest of Chico, and 125 mi north of Sacramento.
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Nestled in rocky basin along side steep canyon walls, this 40-mile Feather River tributary is known for its great beauty and abundant trout. By car, it a short drive from Sacramento. ... moreThe Yuba River continues through the canyons until it flattens around Parks Bar Bridge then runs parallel to highway.

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Species include wild rainbow trout, steelhead in the fall, and striped bass. While rainbows tend to average about 12 inches, there are recent reports of 18-25 inch trout being found.
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The Sacramento River is the principal river of Northern California in the United States, and is the largest river in California. Rising in the Klamath Mountains, near Mount Shasta ... more(in Siskiyou county), the river flows south for 445 miles, through the northern section (Sacramento Valley) of the Central Valley, before reaching the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta and San Francisco Bay. It forms a common delta with the San Joaquin River before entering Suisun Bay, the northern arm of San Francisco Bay. The river drains about 27,500 square miles, with an average annual runoff of 22 million acre-feet, in 19 California counties, mostly within a region bounded by the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada known as the Sacramento Valley, but also extending as far as the volcanic plateaus of Northeastern California.
The McCloud River and its tributaries offer excellent fishing opportunities. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regularly stocks the Upper McCloud River at Lower Falls ... morewith Rainbow trout. Anglers also occasionally catch German brown trout from earlier stockings or those that traveled up from the McCloud Reservoir, and Brook trout. Remember that the Bull Trout or Dolly Varden is an endangered species and should be released if caught.

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The Lower McCloud River, from McCloud Reservoir to Shasta Lake, has been designated a Wild Trout Stream by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This portion of the river is not artificially stocked and has special fishing regulations. Only artificial flies and lures with barbless hooks can be used. At the McCloud River Preserve, located one mile below Ah-Di- Na Campground, fishing is limited to catch and release only. Consult the map on the back, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Regulations for further details and restrictions.

Endangered species - The McCloud River is the only fishery in California which supports the now rare Bull Trout, also known as the Dolly Varden Trout. Actually a member of the Char family, it is found between Lower Falls and Shasta Lake. Because it is considered an endangered species by the State of California, it must be released if caught.
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The Yuba River is one of the most popular known fly fishing rivers in Northern California, and that is why it’s one of the most sought after rivers for fly fishing enthusiasts. This ... moreriver is one that can yield 20 fish one day and leave you scratching your head the next, that's why having a knowledgeable Yuba River Fly Fishing Guide is so important. The abundance of aquatic insects on this river is why it is so sought after, it's one of the few rivers in California that you can effectively fish dries year round. While the river plays host to a number of species, including steelhead and king salmon at times, the resident wild rainbows are the most sought after species throughout the year. They can be picky at times, but once you get in tune with their feeding habits you're bound to have a blast. The fishing on the Yuba is top-notch and I haven't found a river yet that is this much fun to fish. This river produces year-round spunky wild rainbow trout that can reach over 20".

Pound for pound the Yuba River trout is a species of its own. They are the toughest, hardest fighting trout you will ever hook into. If you've never had an 16" fish take you into your backing within seconds, then it’s time that you fish the Yuba River. In the fall, it is also home to a native/wild King Salmon run with some pushing 50lbs and big enough to devour any Yuba trout in its path. Nonetheless, it's the Yuba's steelhead that really puts the icing on the cake. Though not huge like the American river winter run steelhead (Yuba River steelhead range from 2-6 lbs), these half-pint steelhead are among the hardest fighting and the most beautiful fish you will ever have the pleasure of encountering. The Yuba gets a shot of them midsummer, then again from November to April. Not only is there year round fishing, but there is also an abundance of bug life as well ranging from BWO's, PMD's, Midges, Caddis, Skwalas, Golden Stones, March Browns, Hoppers and every so often a Salmon Fly, that will have these fish feeding no matter the time of year. There is even an egg bite on t he Yuba too, this happens during the salmon spawn in October, also during this time of year there is something special that happens on the river that I will show you too. Something you never thought possible and it will be our little secret. Even after all that the Yuba does, however, have something else to offer. As an added bonus from the fishing, there are a lot of wild critters roaming its banks as well, big bucks, strutting toms, beavers, otters, ducks, geese and even black bears. All that and great fishing, what more could you ask for.

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If you have ever driven over the Lower Sacramento River or even fished it, you know that due to its shear size and abundance of water, this makes it extremely intimidating. That's ... morewhy having a knowledgable Lower Sacramento River Fly Fishing Guide is so important. A great guide will not only put you on the fish, but will also show you the fishy spots accessable by land, the put ins and pull outs for boats, as well as the bug life, the flies to use and when you go on your own, how to put all that t ogether to be successful. The Lower Sacramento River is a big tailwater fishery and California's biggest trout river, and its rainbows are just as big and powerful as the river they live in. If you want big fish and year-round fishing, this is the river for you. With more food than your local all you can eat buffets (2,500 insects per square foot of river), the average fish grows to a healthy and hard-fighting 16-18", and pigs pushing two feet are not out of the question, so bring some big guns. The fishing season is year-round, and water temperatures remain fairly constant too, as the river comes out of the bottom of Shasta Lake.

This river consists of long, indescribable, spring creek like stretches that are broken up by islands, deep pools, long riffles, gravel bars and undulating shelf’s, many of which are more pronounced during lower flows.

If having one of the best trout fisheries in the state isn’t enough, the Lower Sac also hosts some great runs of Steelhead and Chinook salmon too. It also hosts a variety of other fish, such as, shad, squawfish, stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass, these populations of fish become higher the farther you get away from Shasta Lake. The highest flows are during the summer months, when snow melt is at its greatest, so a drift boat is highly recommended.

You can walk and wade during the higher flows if you so desire, but staying near the bank will be your safest bet. The best time to walk and wade the Lower Sac is going to be during fall, winter and early spring, there is very little snow melt, and the rain that falls goes to filling up the lake, so the river is low and great for walk and wading. This is the time to get out there and really learn the river's bottom and fish those slots that only come out in lower flows, either way “PLEASE WADE WITH CAUTION”. But due to the river’s size and the amount of private property along its banks, those that prefer to wade have two options. One is to fish from public parks and access points along the 16 miles or river between Redding and Anderson, or, from your boat, getting out at the riffles and fishy slots to make some casts.

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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.

188 comments
this is an awesome blog!!.. i fill sad you dont keep posting!
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Wow, found your blog years after you made a post about this. Such a great blog!! I really hope you will be back on this someday. Seems like so many people need you continuing this, though I understand of your situation. Anyway, great job done. Thank you. Walter
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Time is always in short supply when kids are involved. But the concept of tending to what's important applies here. Thank goodness I live in a part of the world where "fun" is pretty much right out the door instead of a multi-hour drive away.And there may be some news about the Underground heading our way soon.
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Tom, I hope the "crazy" has calmed down if not ended. I'm sorry to have ready that you and your family had to go thru that, or perhaps are still dealing with it ( I sincerely hope not). Folks sure know how to screw up a good thing. I only recently found your blog and enjoy your writing very much. I seem to share a similar sense of humor and sarcasm about the realities in life. I started fly fishing ... more when I was a kid. My parents divorced when I was 10 and it was a bitter one. I didn't handle it well, and struggled with many of life's challenges as I grew older, not necessarily growing up though. Around the age of 10, an Uncle of mine introduced me to fly fishing, and it struck a chord with me. I was at peace with it. I had to give it up though for college, then adult life and locations didn't help. Now, I'm well into my 40's with Step children and a youngster of my own. I'm back into the fly fishing game thanks to a great group of co-workers. I struggle with finding that time for myself, but fly fishing, if even only for an hour or two, still calms me down and allows me some freedom to breathe and think on my own, without the plethora of influences that constantly tell me how I'm supposed to think. I do hope that you start your " Outdoors with Kids" blog, or something similar. For I know with just that title, I can already relate. Good Luck, Good health and good fishing.
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Just came across your blog, sorry to see it's end, however; I'm happier for you to know that the most important things in life are dear to your heart and you're cherishing those moments. Thank you for your contribution to the fishing world....and Thank you for leaving your blog up for us all to continue to learn and grow from. Best wishes.
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Thanks for the kind words. I do sometimes wonder how I might re-start the Underground on an intermittent basis. Wonder if a different distribution method wouldn't be more appropriate. The subject matter wouldn't revolve around fishing as much as the outdoors (often with kids). Who knows. But thanks for stopping by.
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So true that fishing so often becomes "getting the hell out of the house" instead of the ideal "Pushing Back the Boundaries of the Known Fly Fishing World" as you put it. While it's a shame this blog has come to an end, I do wish you would post atleast intermittently, as there is some really great content on here.
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I won't lie, i was not active follower of your blog, but i've read 10s of articles, and stated falling in love with this blog. Thank you very much for everything you've done for us, fisherman :)
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Since I suspended things around here, I've been tempted to throw up the odd post when something intresting happens, but the Underground will probably remain forever frozen. These days I'm Mr. Mom and my fishing occurs between the kid things (and when you've got two kids in soccer and gymnastics and school stuff, there are a lot of kid things). ... more

It's not very extreme, which makes for less-than-enthralling blog.

As for losing a step, there was a time when I'd play at losing to my girls in a drag race, but these days, it's easier to pretend I lost on purpose than it is to win on purpose.

Yikes.

Despite the passage of time, I have not mellowed on the Stienstra thing. My real thoughts are unprintable, so I'll do everyone a favor and won't print them.
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For what it's worth, Tom, I still check the TU page occasionally just in case the folks at FeedBurner folded up shop and sold off their servers. I can't stand the thought of missing the reunion tour. Since your farewell post, my own "little one" started rolling over, then crawling, then walking, and now tries to drag race me to the dog food bowls / stairs / litter box / any other improperly secured ... more and potentially dangerous household item. I know he's getting faster...I may or may not have lost a step over the years. Considering what I am learning about the cunning of a toddler, I'm even more grateful that you maintained this blog as long as you did. Squirrely little devils they are, one and all. It's still hard to wrap ones head around the post-game events tangent to the Stienstra ordeal. I sincerely hope things have quieted down on that front in the last year. As always, best wishes to you and your family (Wonderdog included, God rest his soul). -Dan the Undergroundling
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Thanks a lot, we enjoyed your writings... Looking for fishing blog and found your content very interesting.
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Cory: Godspeed on raising your daughters in the outdoors, Well, we're already halfway there; they already eat like wild animals.
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David: I wish you and your family all the success in the world! Tight Lines!! Thanks! "Success is a laudable goal, but most nights I'd settle for not getting double-knee bombed awake before 5 a.m.
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Thank you so much for all of the great reading it will be missed. Godspeed on raising your daughters in the outdoors, my wife and I have raised our three outdoors and the are now leaving the roost for new adventures. Enjoy the time it speeds by quickly from the first cast of a zebco with a red and white bobber to when they are getting you to hike into headwaters in Yellowstone NP.
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I wish you and your family all the success in the world! Tight Lines!!
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Mark; Maybe the way to approach the Trout Underground is that the blog is the book. I did go far enough down that rabbit hole to draw up a list of my favorite posts for a "Best Of..." book, but realized about half really had little to do with fly fishing. And that most would require rewriting and lengthening, which felt like walking backwards in my own footsteps. Fly fishing essay books sell damned ... more few copies (at least those written by people not named Giearach), and with two little girls to feed, clothe and send to college, other pursuits beckon. Still, thanks for the vote of confidence.
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You painted a very beautiful picture of fly fishing with your writing and photos. I read TU for a long time getting my outdoors fix just by reading. Eventually, I felt compelled to try it, so I visited Kiene's and got some great advice. After some lessons with Jeff Putnam, I bought some gear and was hooked. Have you ever thought about compiling and editing your blog posts and making that material ... more the basis for a book? I think you have some great material for the foundation of a book. Perhaps a Wally the Wonderdog theme or some other angle? <--- notice that clever pun? Seriously....
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Mark S.: I have been a very sporadic visitor over the past 3 years or so. Well, I've been a pretty sporadic writer too. Mark S.: It was your stories that got me reading TU, and it was your stories that got me fly fishing. When I started, I wasn’t a fly fisher. It was about a year after I found TU that I finally got some gear and gave it a try. You're the third person that's told me ... more this. I'm basically shocked, but gratified. Turns out that those industry knobs who told me I wasn't doing enough to "grow" fly fishing were wrong after all.
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I think you have a valid point about possible future consequences to your kids in terms of employment or insurance if you publish info online about their health or behavior. In this day and age parents should be thinking more about how this stuff might affect their kids in the future before they go and start posting about every aspect of their kid's lives on Facebook and other social media outlets. ... more I'm not saying they shouldn't post info about their kids but rather that they need to put some thought into it before doing so.
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Tom, I have been a very sporadic visitor over the past 3 years or so. Please forgive me. I just now saw that you have concluded this chapter of your life. I am disgusted to learn of the harassment you have suffered since you published that article years ago. I am also very saddened to learn of Wally the Wonderdog's passing. I missed that article until a few minutes ago. As the owner of three dogs, ... more one who is not too different from Wally in enjoying the outdoors and making mischief, I always loved reading about him. I want to thank you for all of the years of enjoyment I got reading TU. I really like your writing style. It was your stories that got me reading TU, and it was your stories that got me fly fishing. When I started, I wasn't a fly fisher. It was about a year after I found TU that I finally got some gear and gave it a try. I even took one of my dogs along, just like you did with Wally the Wonderdog. That didn't work out too well but that's a different story. You are too good of a writer to let this be the end of your blogging. I hope you continue in one way or another. Please keep us posted. Regards, Mark
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Heddon17: I hear ya on the online privacy thing.Considering all the whackjobs who troll the internet (both locally and elsewhere), not plastering one’s kids all over the internet is a smart move. I'm not overconcerned about the nutjobs (though in our situation, we know who those nutjobs are). But if I publish intimate information about my kids in a blog post, will they one day have to explain ... more (to an employer or insurance company) something I wrote about their health or behavior? For that matter, software that scans your social media postings and assigns you a "threat" assessment is already in use by some police departments, who employ it in realtime -- like in a traffic stop. I'm hardly the tinhat paranoid type, but there are ramifications to this stuff we haven't yet grasped. In simple terms, we're going to wait and see.
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JJP: When you get back east again, you’re welcome to look us up. Tennessee is full of good small stream fishing. No kidding. Loved my earlier trips back there, plan to go again when the kids are a little older (and a little easier for one person to manage).
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I hear ya on the online privacy thing. Considering all the whackjobs who troll the internet (both locally and elsewhere), not plastering one's kids all over the internet is a smart move.
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Drinking ? yes I do but not in the early morning when I'm having my am java,BTW proper brandy has a cork !!
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Mike Hogue: I wouldn’t let some nut job dictate what you should or shouldn’t do. It's a pair of nutjobs (one of whom apparently can't contain himself, and now risks a visit from a process server). And they didn't dictate anything, but they were a factor in our conversation about the future. Interestingly, that discussion wasn't limited to just nutjob prevention, but also our concerns for the future ... more of privacy. It's tempting to write a daddy blog and plaster our kids all over the Internet, but I have some concerns about online privacy -- namely that twenty years from now, we're going to wonder what the hell we were thinking when we did all this. So the nutjobs were a consideration, but not the only one.
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Victor: Tom you are a true gentleman OK, nobody has ever said that about me before. You must be drinking...
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I wouldn't let some nut job dictate what you should or shouldn't do. This whole thing with Sony and The Interview shows what happens when allow that to happen. Writing about other topics might be good. You don't have to reveal places as such if you are worried about safety. Change the materials. Watching kids grow up through the eyes of fly fisher might be really entertaining and still pushing the ... more boundaries of what something is or isn't.
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Holy Cow! I've been missing you in print for a long time. We shared a lot of vicarious good times. You and yours inspired me to get deeper into fishing and equipment crafting and for that I will forever, Thank You! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Raise your children well and have a lot of fun along the way. Praise every sunrise and don't let the bastids getcha down. When you get back east again, ... more you're welcome to look us up. Tennessee is full of good small stream fishing. See ya in the pocket water, John PS - Feedburner will not recognize my email address. Duh, still digitally impaired.
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Almost forgot.....Hope it was a happy Christmas for all and Drink A New Beer!!
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Tom you are a true gentleman,well over a month and you're taking time to respond to almost all of your followers,I'm sad as most are that TU is toast or ?,a real shame we have a common foe . best to you and your family
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steve-0: Thanks for doing this all these years. It's hard to believe it went on as long as it did. Thanks for the kind words.
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Kind of ironic that in chapter 7 (Rods) of his latest book, he laments the fact that the book "Classic Rods and Rodmakers" started the price war on the higher end bamboo fly rods; yet his own book "Fishing Bamboo" resulted in the exact same thing with Grangers.
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Hi Tom, Thanks for doing this all these years. You have brought enjoyment to my life through your telling of life on the water and off. Live in Socal but make the yearly drive up to fish the upper sac and others up there and so your blog keeps me in touch through year in a way... Can relate to the mid fifties and have young ones to raise, and care for. Have an 11 year old boy and the past 11 years ... more has found me taking care of other things than fishing although it still gets tucked in there now and then... All the best, Steve
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Thanks Tom. Despite being saddled with that awful name, you seem like a good guy.
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Tom, I've enjoyed reading your blog since I found it a year or so ago. I'll miss your funny, insightful posts, but agree that life comes first, especially with kids. As others have noted, time with your kids is priceless. Enjoy your family and your freedom from the TroutUnderground keyboard! -Another Tom with too little time on his hands
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JP2: OK,OK,….You’ve got the rain back, snow is on it’s way the streams will be fishable by spring; we’ll see ya then…….. Long ways to go, but this a better start than last winter.
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Never know where I might pop up. Thanks for reading.
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Hey, it's ok... You'll be back out there before you know it. Once you have kids time goes a lot faster. It'll be a little different: not quite as sure- footed, maybe move a little slower and when when you're standing in the middle of the creek the birds fly by and ask each other what that asshole is smiling about. Peaceout
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OK,OK,.... You've got the rain back, snow is on it's way the streams will be fishable by spring; we'll see ya then........
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Good luck Tom and Thanks for everything!!! I have enjoyed your blog immensely over the years. Hope to see you again soon...
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MG: Blog aside, a shame indeed what exacerbated such action.Me thinks you should be working with Bob Hoffman anyway, and I don’t think he fishes. Take care. You mean Bob Hoffman, the radically cranky, "you kids get off my lawn" anti-social-media Ad Contrarian? Come to think of it, you're right. Damn. Still a reader (nice overhaul of the site, BTW).
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Fans In The Bob Uecker Seats: Derek Jeter called and said he was envious of your farewell tour. Been practicing my victory laps (holding my fingers in perfect "V" shapes) for years. About time I got to put that skill to practical use.
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Blog aside, a shame indeed what exacerbated such action. Me thinks you should be working with Bob Hoffman anyway, and I don't think he fishes. Take care.
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Derek Jeter called and said he was envious of your farewell tour.
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Mike: Fatherhood and family do change us. No kidding. I remember what it's like to feel rested. Your blog was always one of my favorites. Good luck.
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paul: Good luck, Tom, and thanks for all the effort, fine writing and great photos. Thanks for the kind words, and for reading. We'll see what the future holds.
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Loon: He’s 6 now and so far only 1 rod broken I dunno -- a 6 yr-old boy should have broken at least three rods by now. I recommend you buy the most expensive fly rods you can find. They're stronger you know...
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Scott: This blog was always a bright spot in my day, especially as someone who loves to fish, loves his dogs, and can never understand why people get so tightly wound up and pissy about such a great outdoor activity. Thanks for the kind words.
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Randy: Sad to see/hear of the demise of THE T.U., but I get it… Thanks! We'll see what happens from here.
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A. Wannabe Travelwriter: While Singlebarbed has been my fly fishing mentor, albeit with limited results (What do you mean, I need to practice?), you have been my adventure humor writing muse; again, with little to show for it on my part (What do you mean, I actually have to write in order to be a travel writer?). Your site remains in my RSS reader. And if the Underground passes for "adventure" ... more in your world, I think we've maybe hit on a problem. Seriously, are you pitching your stuff anywhere? The world needs more fun writing.
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Harry: Found your blog early on and have enjoyed in tremendously. Ok, you've revealed the fact you're a deviant. Harry: Raised 2 girls myself-they will require a lot of time and attention Why wasn't I warned. I thought they'd pretty much just take care of themselves. Turns out, not so much...
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Craig: Shoot, now I have to get back to work. Thanks for the diversions. You and me both. Thankfully, there's YouTube...
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Ryan: It looks like your blog, along with Janssen’s butt material, is another thing I’ll miss. Seriously, what am I supposed to used for butt material in my DT leaders?!?!?! The Underground's Leader Guru was using that Orvis hollow stuff in 30 and 40lb test for butt sections. If that's not available anymore, it's possible you're totally screwed.
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zac collins: Tight Lines and Restful nights my friend. Between the kids, the animals and a mind that tends to want to keep running after it should have turned off, I get a good night's sleep about twice a week. Anyone have an extra bottled of industrial-strength melatonin?
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David Burrows: In 2006, I was searching for a good source of fly fishing info And you ended up here? I mean, the Underground's mostly a good source of "How Not To..." information (or maybe we're just the "before" photograph). Either way, good luck losing the bad habits and snarky attitude you've learned here...
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Dugger: You put your comma’s in the correct location most of the time. Redirecting your attention to your girls is a no-brainer. Us, the slovenly blog maggots, will survive without your unlightenment; although, we will be less entertained. See, it's things like this that make me wonder if you guys like me. Some days it's hard to be terminally narcicisstic.
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KBarton10: ” … speaking of glamping, I seen Tom Chandler sparking the Kardashian gals ..” – and you’ll be forced to return just to defend your honor Let's hope you have a Plan B. Plan A only enhances my already significant "hangs with Brad and George" online reputation.
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Brady Haston: spend as much extra time with your daughters outside as possible and thanks for turning me on to Phillipson flyrods. After Gierach ruined the market for Grangers, most of us bought every Phillipson we could find, figuring they were next. I don't think we were wrong -- I see few of them available these days. Enjoy what you've got.
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David Knapp: Give me a holler if you find yourself in Tennessee, and I would be glad to show you some favorite brookie waters, after a stop for a slaw dog of course… I dunno -- at my age, a slaw dog could put a grim, gastro-intestionally induced end to a trip. And fast.
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Kim Ahne: Thank you and your family... Good point -- the Underground wouldn't have been possible if the L&T hadn't picked up the odd bit of slack, or put up with strangers walking up to her and introducing themselves as readers. Tellingly, she weathered the threats -- which were clearly designed to break us down -- with the kind of attitude you might attribute to a rabid grizzly. Better luck next ... more time, motherfuckers.
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Pat: I’ll be sad to lose the underground but I’m glad to hear your unique writing voice/perspective will still be getting out there. Thanks. I'll try to make the Undergrounders aware when something of mine pops up elsewhere.
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Steve Z: Safe travels, brother. I'm sure we'll be in touch. Somebody's gotta remind you that neckties are evil.
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Chris: Tom, I think I discovered your blog through the Orvis site Don't hold it against them. They usually display pretty sound judgement.
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Kirk Werner: Brett Favre, George Foreman, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, Ali…You see where this is going. Good luck. Thanks for the memories. See you down the road. What, are you accusing me of doping now? I want to state for the record I wasn't juicing -- I wrote the Underground clean (except maybe when I was on cough syrup).
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Mike Agneta: Good luck with whatever comes next! I'm still thinking about a "fund my early retirement" Kickstarter. Ready to donate?
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Dan: Meh. Didn’t like this blog anyway. Now I can stop checking it every day. Stupid, blog. You and me both. I quit reading when the Underdog died.
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Chris Hunt: Best of luck, Tom. Thanks.
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Tobin - Taku: “So long and thanks for all the fish!” Me and my towel wish you luck too.
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Jeff Holberg: for the Welcome. Fun for me too.
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Steve: Tom,thanks. I’ve enjoyed it. Me too.
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Roger: Thanks for all the great reading and may you and your family have nothing but good times!!! Welcome. I'm beginning to realize you need some tough times to recognize the good stuff.
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All the best, Tom. Sorry to see the end of TU. Fatherhood and family do change us.
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Have not been a regular for some time now, but drop in now and then to keep an eye on things. Good luck, Tom, and thanks for all the effort, fine writing and great photos.
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Hey Tom, "Thanks for all the fish" ;-) No, really, thank you! My fishing days are a bit more limited here for the same reasons. He's 6 now and so far only 1 rod broken. So, totally understand, but you and your writing will be greatly missed.
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Best to you! This blog was always a bright spot in my day, especially as someone who loves to fish, loves his dogs, and can never understand why people get so tightly wound up and pissy about such a great outdoor activity. You hit the perfect balance, and this blog will be missed greatly!
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well shit, that's a bummer. I haven't been over here in quite a while (life just seemed to intervene--I know you get it), but I always enjoyed your wit and humor. Sad to see/hear of the demise of THE T.U., but I get it... cheers.
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LeoCreek: May your life and your family’s life be smooth. Exactly like smearing butter on Sophia Loren. Exactly. If the L&T caught me doing that, life would not be smooth. (Though really, who could blame me?)
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Yeah, I got a pair of the Featherlights -- and the corresponding spinning rods. They're fun once the kids catch something, they're tough, and most importantly (at least for my girls), they're bright yellow. I cannot stress the importance of that last feature...
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Rick: I will miss the underground. Thanks. I'll miss it too.
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Wyatt: My blogging (flytimes and Buster) and fishing have also been sidelined by two daughers and all that comes with them. There we go. Brothers in arms. You wanna babysit a little -- maybe until they're 18?
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Brad: Thanks for everything, have enjoyed your blog for a long time.Godspeed. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.
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OenophileAngler: You wrote an article in California Fly Fisher, maybe 10 years ago?, about cane rods. That co$t me a lot! I hated you, sort of, back then. Great. Another satisfied customer. OenophileAngler: I’ve got a couple of Jim’s (Reams) rods now, and they’re so nice. Oh, OK then. Clearly I'm back on the ups with you.
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While Singlebarbed has been my fly fishing mentor, albeit with limited results (What do you mean, I need to practice?), you have been my adventure humor writing muse; again, with little to show for it on my part (What do you mean, I actually have to write in order to be a travel writer?). Your engaging, wit has inspired me time and time again. That you obviously have become a loving, involved dad ... more to two daughters, just enhances your creds. I hope our lines cross some day, preferably the written ones, not the ones with a barbless hook at the end.
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Found your blog early on and have enjoyed in tremendously. Understand the change. Raised 2 girls myself-they will require a lot of time and attention and you are just getting started. I will look forward to the occasional posting. Enjoy those girls
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[…] Re: Where's Tom Chandler? It took him a while, but at last, here's your answer. Not the answer I was hoping for. Where Do We Go From Here? (or, The Underground Ends?) – The Trout Underground Fly Fishing Blog […]
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JonR: Thanks and so long, Tom. Thanks for stopping by.
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[…] blogs around and there were an even fewer really good blogs. One that I always kind of liked was The Trout Underground. Tom is an entertaining writer, a unique voice. To make it even better, he wrote about the place […]
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Tom, I think I discovered your blog through the Orvis site, and have been hooked ever since. Got a ton of laughs out of your writing, and I hold you somewhat responsible for being a small stream geek now. Loved the zombie beaver stuff, and think of your blog every time a beaver slaps its tail at me when I am fishing the San Juan. Tonight I will raise a pint of beer in your honor, and I hope you can ... more find the time to get on the river and catch that elusive fishing time. It is precious indeed. Good luck.
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Shoot, now I have to get back to work. Thanks for the diversions.
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Thanks! I've enjoyed your writings over the years and wish you the best. It looks like your blog, along with Janssen's butt material, is another thing I'll miss. Seriously, what am I supposed to used for butt material in my DT leaders?!?!?!
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Tight Lines and Restful nights my friend. Thanks for the good ride!
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In 2006, I was searching for a good source of fly fishing info and people with the same fishing mental illness that I had. I found this site. I've been on it ever since. I'm sorry to see you go, and especially some of the reasons behind it. This site and you will be dearly missed by many. Thanks, and I hope to catch you on your next adventure.
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Tom You put your comma's in the correct location most of the time. Redirecting your attention to your girls is a no-brainer. Us, the slovenly blog maggots, will survive without your unlightenment; although, we will be less entertained. Be well. Dugger
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I'll wait a couple of months until all the tears and teeth gnashing are done, then make some outrageous Internet claim that. " ... speaking of glamping, I seen Tom Chandler sparking the Kardashian gals .." - and you'll be forced to return just to defend your honor.
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JPS: I’ve developed a healthy bamboo addiction b/c of your influence Great. A couple people have mentioned I got them to try bamboo, so I can only assume the class-action lawsuit can't be far behind. Didn't know you were in Chico. Older Bro lives there, and I like it there just fine.
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Iowa hills: good luck in all your future work Thanks. Plenty more to come from me, it just won't all be about fly fishing.
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I had a feeling this day would come….. spend as much extra time with your daughters outside as possible and thanks for turning me on to Phillipson flyrods.
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TC, I keep checking in from time to time, hoping to find you back blogging. This was a sad stop by. I hate to see you go but understand how priorities change in life and wish you the very best. Give me a holler if you find yourself in Tennessee, and I would be glad to show you some favorite brookie waters, after a stop for a slaw dog of course...
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Thank you and your family for all the great articles on the Trout Underground. I have enjoyed them of the years. I will be watching for more (if any) in the future months. Have a great Family holiday season.
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As the father of two small girls I can sympathize. Being a good writer, especially an outdoor writer, takes a certain skill and humor to achieve originality. You had it in spades. I'll be sad to lose the underground but I'm glad to hear your unique writing voice/perspective will still be getting out there. Thanks
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Brett Favre, George Foreman, Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, Ali...You see where this is going. Good luck. Thanks for the memories. See you down the road.
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A little late to the farewell tour, but thank you for providing quality content (& entertainment) for such a long time. It was fun to be around for most of the ride. Always a worthwhile read, the musings from the Trout Underground will certainly be missed. Good luck with whatever comes next!
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Meh. Didn't like this blog anyway. Now I can stop checking it every day. Stupid, blog. Seriously, take care, Tom. And if you find your way down into New Mexico, drop me a line. I know some tiny creeks filled with dazzling trouts. Thanks.
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Safe travels, brother.
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Best of luck, Tom.
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Thanks for the ride!
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Well, that about wraps it up, Will. You win the Internet today.
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Been in Driggs for the past four months, Jackson, WY before that and Montana most of my life. That's what happens when you go into the federal witness protection program. Well, to quote the dolphins in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy "So long and thanks for all the fish!" Good luck!
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Tom,thanks. I've enjoyed it. Best to you and yours
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Thanks for all the great reading and may you and your family have nothing but good times!!!
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Tom: I've really enjoyed your offbeat wit over the years. All the best! May your life and your family's life be smooth. Exactly like smearing butter on Sophia Loren. Exactly.
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Tom...stellar to see that you have started those girls off right with a Featherlight. It's of no real worry if they snap it accidentally and dad can have some fun with it too. That fly reel may be to nice to get banged around on the rocks though... Good luck with what's next. Cheers...
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Job well done Tom, the best to you and yours. I will miss the underground.
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Wow almost 10 years! My blogging (flytimes and Buster) and fishing have also been sidelined by two daughers and all that comes with them. The times they are a'changing thats for sure. Thanks for all the good stuff you put up here over the years its been real fun.
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Thanks for everything, have enjoyed your blog for a long time. Godspeed.
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Creeker: I cannot tell you how much your blog helped my fly fishing. Already I'd suggest you need professional help. When the King of Tailing Loops becomes a role model...
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Chris: As a father of three in a place where the winters are long and cold, there have been plenty of times that TroutUnderground WAS my small stream, One of the attractions of writing an essay after a fishing trip was dredging up all the little stuff -- re-living the thing so the thing didn't read like a police report.
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Tobin - Taku: Been chasing pheasant and brown trout in MT lately. As far as excuses go, it's a good one. Tobin - Taku: the trick is to leave the easy chocolate stash for them to find, not the one down in the toes of your old waders. I would never -- under any circumstances -- eat anything stored in the toes of my waders. Ever. So you live in ID? Never really was sure.
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Will: I was drifting around on the internet one day and came across the TU and just by reading it was inspired to become a fly fisherman. Dang.
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Murdock: Tom, this is the part where we wake up and realize it all was a dream we never really ran that little inn in Vermont. Still one of the best series-enders of all time. If you're suggesting I'll wake up back in my Dunsmuir serial-killer house, sans wife or kids, then I'd vote no. You seem to be liking life in Colorado.
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Sorry to hear this news, Tom. The world is a complicated place, with complicated people. I have two daughters too. Take care of them. You wrote an article in California Fly Fisher, maybe 10 years ago?, about cane rods. That co$t me a lot! I hated you, sort of, back then. I've got a couple of Jim's (Reams) rods now, and they're so nice. Anyway, just go fishing. If more people did, the world would be ... more simpler. Look forward to reading your thoughts in the future.
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Heddon17: One thing I’ve discovered with having kids is that your flyfishing life takes on that of a winter steelheader. Being that you don’t get to go fishing when you want but rather when you CAN. I think any time you have a mortgage you're heading into window territory, but yes. And in truth, I don't chase fish these days as much as fishing time, but even that becomes scarce.
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Thanks and so long, Tom.
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I just wanted to say thanks for all the quality writing you gave us all for free. I looked forward to reading your commentary on everything from the pleasures of bamboo and small streams to critical water issues in the NorCal region to the ongoing adventures of the wonderdog. I've developed a healthy bamboo addiction b/c of your influence and am enjoying a new aspect of our sport I never knew existed. ... more I haven't been this excited about dry fly fishing for trout since I was a kid. If you ever get down Chico way and want to wet a line. Let me know.....and thanks again.
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For about six years I've checked the blog everyday after the coffee is made. Thanks for the work you put in, and good luck in all your future work.
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Thanks for all of your time Tom! I cannot tell you how much your blog helped my fly fishing. The underground shaped my perspective on the sport. Fishing is just about just being out there and living the life (and not being a jerk.) Tough to remember sometimes, but cheerful, funny, irreverent reading sure helps.
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Tom, Seeing one of your posts in my inbox was like one of those splashy rises when the fish is right where you thought it would be--I could pat my own back for being smart enough to subscribe and still feel pretty damned lucky. As a father of three in a place where the winters are long and cold, there have been plenty of times that TroutUnderground WAS my small stream, so many thanks for your time, ... more effort and humor.
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Corvus: Like that other Minnesota Guy sez “be well..do good work…keep in touch…” There we go. Keillor is right near the top of the Underground's Fav Writer list. Just finished reading the Keillor Reader (his greatest hits essay collection).
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SmellsLikeFish: What a slacker, jeez. Hahaha – buddy you’ve caused a lot of smiles over the years. But who doesn’t love hearing about a jacked up trout with handgun skills? Whatever. I’ve heard it all now. See you in the canyon. Clever.
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Hey, free verse. A literary moment for the Underground.
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Brian Bennett: You’re always welcome as a guest contributor on the Chum any time the urge hits. Thanks. That could prove useful, though I expect to be paid in Zlotnys...
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Hey Tom: Late to the going away party (as usual). Been chasing pheasant and brown trout in MT lately. Expected the end, but still a bummer. Hope that you and the family have a blast - the trick is to leave the easy chocolate stash for them to find, not the one down in the toes of your old waders. If you get to the Driggs area, give a shout. Always room in the boat for you all. Take care. TK
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Bubba Zinetti: I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed your blog.Thanx and good luck. Always happy to get a good review from anyone named Bubba.
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Brian Miller: I’ll consider it a special surprise if the Underground pops up on my RSS reader. Many Blessings for You and Yours. Hey, one of the dozen folks still using RSS (like me). If I fire up something new, I'll do my best to get word to the Undergrounders so they can come along for that ride too.
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Tom, Thanks for keeping the blog up as long as you could. I was drifting around on the internet one day and came across the TU and just by reading it was inspired to become a fly fisherman. Now, there is hardly a weekend where I'm not at least wishing that I am out on the river. Thanks for a endless amount of smiles and laughs along the way, and for helping a teenager find a lifelong passion. Best ... more of luck in the future, Will
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nate: If you ever get out to Wyoming, give and shout! Even when it's 2 in the morning and I'm out of gas? (That would be my normal routine)
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Quinn: Happy trails to the greatest fly fishing blog in history. I can think of at least one person who might disagree, but I'll take the compliment and run (I may have my mother call you to repeat the quote out loud, so be prepared). Always enjoy your stuff.
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Bob closed out the Sierra Anglers? He's a great guy, and in fact, I took a trip up to this part of the country with him long before I moved here. Sorry to hear the shop finally closed. And the comparison to the Underground is flattering (to me). I think we did have a community of sorts here -- the comments were often funnier/more to the point than the posts...
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Parahopper: I always looked forward to your insights This is actually a pretty rewarding thing to hear from a reader. Insight is what I look for in a writer (not perceived literary value), and that's what I'm shooting for as a writer. So thanks.
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JP2: don’t let Smarter Older Brother out-fish you, the girls will do it soon enough… The former will never happen, though the latter probably already has (at the hatchery pond). Thanks for all the zany, bizarre-yet-on-point comments over the years. They've been a treasure. And don't forget to take your medication...
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Brian: You shall be missed…good luck Thanks.
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Thanks! It'll be OK, and we'll see what comes next.
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Steve: I loved reading about your fishing experiences, but more so about your beautiful daughters. I will miss hearing about them growing up. Got a couple other emails to this effect too. I mentioned that a parenting blog written by someone unwilling to hide behind gushy, perfect-parenting cliches might pull enough traffic to at least pay for the time. When things calm down, it's a possibility.
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Peter: Your ‘Dozen Best’ fly rod entry will have gear guys talking forever. That damned post just won't die.
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Steve: “The feeling is less like an ending than just another starting point.” ? Chuck Palahniuk, Very accurate. I've heard from a couple readers who are writers. Both suggested that killing their blogs freed them to do other things. In other words, it's time to move onto the next thing.
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Pretty apt summary of the Underground so far, though it was starting to become "trouble" -- or at least work.
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Turnip Truck Driver: High on my bucket list is “have lunch, a beer and fish stream side with Tom Chandler.”Hopefully, someday in the near future. I'm not ruling it out. Appreciate the support over the years. When do you ever come through here?
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Alistair: Will be sorry to see you go but I suspect you will be back ! You're not the only person to say this, but I have to wonder. At this point, time is precious, so pretty much every thing I do has to pull some kind of weight. I believe I could write a pretty funny/real parenting blog -- and make a lot better monetary return for the time. Bigger market, more grown-up market with lots more ad dollars. ... more In other words, if I decided to dive back into a blog, it might be somewhere else.
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Thanks. Looks like the Underground went out just short of its ninth birthday. I'll take it.
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Bert: All the best, thanks SO much for sharing! Welcome. Thanks for reading.
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Getting a jump on Thanksgiving I see.
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And I'm still reading the blog, though the sheer volume of stuff makes it easy to miss a day here and there. If anyone doesn't know who Chris is, he writes/curates the Aquafornia/Water Education blog. No better place to see the news about California's slow-motion, train wreck that is California's water policy. ... more
You getting paid for that now?
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Wow, I'm honored the quote. It's not every day someone posts an excerpt from the work of an activist/poet/scientist.
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John: Besides, anyone who likes Iris Dement is OK in my book. Iris might be an acquired taste -- maybe not ideal listening when you're trying to get work done -- but I love the lyrics.
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I think the Smokies trips will resume when they're a teensy bit older -- and easier for one parent to watch. Right now, they're just tricky little bastards -- you expect them to zig and they zag instead, and next thing you know they're eating your secret chocolate stash. It's depressing to realize your kids outgun you in the "animal cunning" department.
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Tom, this is the part where we wake up and realize it all was a dream we never really ran that little inn in Vermont. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgdUWXf8jJk Let's try to actually fish together sometime. Lee
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“In simple terms, my daughters have changed me.” My wife and I have two boys who are a year or two older than your daughters so I completely understand. One thing I've discovered with having kids is that your flyfishing life takes on that of a winter steelheader. Being that you don't get to go fishing when you want but rather when you CAN. In other words your flyfishing life becomes a window fishery ... more with one major difference. Winter steelheading only lasts a few short months, but with kids the window fishery becomes a year-round deal. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Jeeze...I'm gonna miss you. Thanks for everything. Like that other Minnesota Guy sez "be well..do good work...keep in touch..."
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What a slacker, jeez. Hahaha - buddy you've caused a lot of smiles over the years. But who doesn't love hearing about a jacked up trout with handgun skills? Whatever. I've heard it all now. See you in the canyon.
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Well damn. Follow your heart, fish when you can, and don't give the bastards the satisfaction... Slainte!
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TC, Best to you and that beautiful family. p.s. You're always welcome as a guest contributor on the Chum any time the urge hits. B2
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I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed your blog. Thanx and good luck.
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I've enjoyed your writing for some time. But family brings new seasons that are to be savored as you build golden memories of them. And nut jobs should not be a distraction. I'll consider it a special surprise if the Underground pops up on my RSS reader. Many Blessings for You and Yours.
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Happy trails to the greatest fly fishing blog in history. Thanks for telling your story, Tom. May we all strive to tell ours so well.
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Recently our local fly shop closed (Sierra Anglers in Modesto, CA). A profound sense of sadness swept through the local fly fish community. The Shop had been our focal point for years, it was almost inconceivable that the doors were closing. The community came together, the regulars banded together and helped Bob close up the shop, lots of tears, lots of laughter, we closed out the era. I see that ... more here, the regulars getting together and supporting a guy who has touched all our lives. I am sorry to see you go Tom. Your blog was like the local fly shop, somewhere to go for a little BS, some humor, a lot of life seen through a different lens. Thank You! I raise a toast (nice tasty Belgian!) to your work, both past & future! Take care, and the hope that we may yet meet on a small stream still remains!
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Thank you for the great writing - I always looked forward to your insights. Though you will be missed, I know the feeling and congratulate you on a great decision. Good luck and Godspeed.
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AAAH! This sucks....at least make guest posts on SingleBarbed...I know all to well how kids and keeping a small business (which,yeah,you are) going saps time away and the smallest crumb of time for you needs to be hoarded... Thanks for the memories and all the work; don't let Smarter Older Brother out-fish you, the girls will do it soon enough...Nice to see afew names from other fisher bloggers that ... more I have picked up from this site...All the best to you and yours.....
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You shall be missed...good luck
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A sad day,not surprised with the issues you have experienced,I wish you and your loved ones the best be safe and fish when time allows
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Wayne turned me on to your blog, and I have followed it ever since. I loved reading about your fishing experiences, but more so about your beautiful daughters. I will miss hearing about them growing up. Good luck and thanks for the memories.
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Tom, I shall miss my required dose of TUGD while your gone. Thanks for the great ride. Your 'Dozen Best' fly rod entry will have gear guys talking forever. Be well, fish bamboo every 3rd trip, and remember that almost all of us who enjoyed your thoughts spend most of their time on the water, on the vise, or somewhere between the two.....and not on keyboards threatening folks. Sorry to hear the latter ... more has directly affected you and your family.
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bummer. always enjoyed reading your posts Tom. Hope things go well for you and the fam. If you ever get out to Wyoming, give and shout! all the best
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Just: Merci!
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“The feeling is less like an ending than just another starting point.” ? Chuck Palahniuk,
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Bear Claw Chris Lapp: You've come far pilgrim. Jeremiah Johnson: Feels like far. Bear Claw Chris Lapp: Were it worth the trouble? Jeremiah Johnson: What trouble?
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High on my bucket list is "have lunch, a beer and fish stream side with Tom Chandler." Hopefully, someday in the near future.
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I like your explanation of trying to juggle parenthood and fishing ! Over the years I have encountered my fair share of the crazies only no lawsuits, only threats! Will be sorry to see you go but I suspect you will be back ! Alistair
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Sad to see you winding down, and even sadder to hear about the threats and absurdity you've been experiencing. Yours was the first fishing blog I started reading years ago. All the best!
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All the best, thanks SO much for sharing!
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Thank you, Tom. And all the best to you, your family, your goals, and your triumphant return. Oh, and thank you for pizza. Amen.
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Hey Tom, way back when, you were the first blog to pick up my new blog, starting it on the road to success. I've never forgotten you for that; have acknowledged it from time to time through the years. Hey I'm still here blogging on water, so thanks. And best of luck to you and your beautiful family in the future! Regards, Chris (Maven)
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Adios. "As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn’t go. Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction. Practice resurrection.” ? Wendell Berry
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"In simple terms, my daughters have changed me." Understood. Besides, anyone who likes Iris Dement is OK in my book. Be well, pops
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Thanks. You're one of the handful of outdoor blogs in the RSS reader. Keep it up.
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What, is that some sort of wisecrack? Watch your ass, buddy... (Seriously, thanks.)
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The best of all things your way, Tom. We'll miss you but know you are doing this for all the right reasons. Should you ever find your way back east, perhaps to spend a day or two in the Smokies, you know how to find me. Godspeed, my friend. Oh, and Grog say boo.
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Best of luck Tom and take care. Ben
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Happy trails, TC.
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