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Opening Day casts a powerful spell on trout fishermen/Woods, water & worse

April 22, 2011
By Jim Junttila , The Daily Mining Gazette

Why are avid Opening Day anglers so willing to wade through hip boot-deep snow, tangle with impenetrable tag alder, duck dive bombing kingfishers, and freeze their fingers for a little 7-inch fish? Legendary Yooper judge, writer and trout bum John Voelker hit the nail on the head in "Testament of a Fisherman:" I fish because I love to; I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found which are invariably ugly; because of all the cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I escape; because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bribed or impressed with power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid."



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