On the Bench: Southern Yarns and Hooks

Carp South
One man's dream for uncommon leisure time and fly-fishing.
Created 23 Oct 2021
  • Goose Hunt: Operation Cu-Chi Overlord
    28 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Pulled this from the drawer in anticipation of another goose hunt still to come. That is if we can stay out of the twisters that may greet us on Wednesday, the day we leave for Arkansas… When it came ...
  • It's catching, not fishing
    26 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Whenever I hear the refrain that follows: “It’s fishing, not catching,” I am struck by the lengths we as anglers go to deceive ourselves after a failed fishing excursion. In some ways, I should be abl...
  • Vesuvius of Our Time
    15 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Let this play… Sometimes it is through song that I am able to locate a feeling to write. Youtube suggested a Pink Floyd performance at an amphitheater in Pompeii that was recorded in the late 1970s. I...
  • In Litchfield's Fields
    13 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    It was a day like so many others, yet it remains somehow unfamiliar. In the morning I woke halfway through the night with my lungs burning, my mind racing, and my stomach churning the catfish from the...
  • Mountain Church
    11 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 2 0
    San Mountain is a liminal home of mine. The fact that it exists in between my two homes is why I consider it my ‘liminal home.’ Sure, I may be living in my car when I am in transit between the Tenness...
  • Locally Hated
    08 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    I wrote this about six months ago when everything was different, and yet somehow the same… My metamorphosis occurred as a processual jettisoning of family. There is the family I was born to, and the f...
  • Fissures in Trout Idolatry
    04 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    The Rainbow Fly Fishing Club has stocked Black Creek below Noccalula Falls as of yesterday with over a thousand rainbow trout. People are widely ambivalent about the commerce and tourist dollars this ...
  • Why People Hate Us
    02 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    It was the year of the Bourbon Street sackful at Krystal’s, and Alabama had just won the “re-match of the century” game in the BCS National Championship. What could go wrong on the streets of bourbon ...
  • Displeasure
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    I’ll make this one short since many of us were up late with sugar junky children on Halloween, or barking dogs who were on high alert for tricksters… There was a season in my life when I knew a very n...
  • Sticky Hands: "Grasping for Meaning in an Enduring Relic"
    31 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    I quit my father on his mountain project any number of times before it stuck. He was invited in early fall by a Gadsden State Community College administrator to speak on his 15-year devotion to the re...
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