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The Dirty Fisherman

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March 22, 2018
I walked around the bend and saw his blue truck, but I couldn’t see Gabe until the lean man sat up. He stretched and slid slowly off the tailgate, onto his feet and into his sandals. The climbing sun made the blue paint of his pickup bed too hot, and when the shadows were gone, the dirty fisherman’s rest was finished.

Gabe leaned back on the hot paint again and grabbed the duffel that he used for a pillow. The faded bag was stuffed with clothes: some stained, some clean, and most half-worn-out. He pulled a thin, long-sleeved shirt from the bag and changed, tossing his wet t-shirt toward a damp pile of gear by the truck tires. The long sleeves were his sunscreen; the beard protected his face; the frayed hat covered his head, and the amber sunglasses filled the gap in between.

Gabe was a trout bum. Not the shiny magazine-ad version of a trout bum either, but the true embodiment of John Geirach's term: authentic, dirty, and dedicated to a lifestyle without even thinking much about it. He fished on his own terms. He was a part-time fishing guide for the family business and a part-time waiter. We never talked much about work, though. I just know that Gabe's life was fishing, and everything else was a cursory, minor distraction.

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We Are Wild Trout | Looking forward, after Pennsylvania’s first wild trout summit

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September 1, 2017

Is this a wild trout movement? There’s certainly more outspoken support for Pennsylvania’s wild trout than I’ve ever seen. The massive turnout at the Wild Trout Summit last Saturday,…

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Why Wild Trout Matter

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August 23, 2017

The Important Things
We believe Pennsylvania should move toward protecting and enhancing wild trout populations wherever they’re found. That starts by eliminating the stocking of hatchery trout over good wild…

Fifty Tips Tips/Tactics

Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #4 — Fish Familiar Waters

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August 20, 2017

When I was a boy, I dreamed of having a trout stream close enough to walk to. It was my greatest wish. I now have Bellefonte, Pennsylvania’s Spring Creek…

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The Pennsylvania Wild Trout Summit is Coming

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July 20, 2017

Wild trout are the heart of Troutbitten. We chase these fish so we can be part of the extraordinary places where they’re found, if just for a little while….