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Trout Magic : The Judge's Bamboo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Scott   
Friday, 24 September 2010 12:25

In the Upper Peninsula, they just call him “The Judge”.

Professionally, he was John Donaldson Voelker, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. In literary and cinematic circles, he was Robert Traver, the author of Anatomy of a Murder, although fly fishers know that he also wrote such classics as Anatomy of a Fisherman and Trout Magic. By his death in 1991, he had established a legacy which made him a Michigan icon, a friend to anglers who knew him, intriguing to the rest.

“Here's something interesting,” Wes Cooper started to say in his basement bamboo rod shop in Fremont, Michigan. With Wes, something interesting can cover a broad range of topics. At nearly eighty, he's touched a lot of Michigan's fly fishing history. He has a copy of a letter asking him to help start a new group called Trout Unlimited. It's tucked in a box in his shop along with a mock-up of the proposed magazine and the premier issue of Trout, T.U.'s eventual national publication. Although Wes makes split bamboo fly rods, 238 of them and counting, he is also known nationwide for his skill in their restoration and repair.

He continued, “I just finished working on a Kushner and a Leonard."

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Special regulations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Satchel   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 13:59

Special WaterWhen most people hear the words “Special Regulations” they find themselves facing something that is going to limit them in some way, be more restrictive, harder to qualify for, etc. Of course, we flyfishers being sort of different from most people, find ourselves  saying “good, this should be fun”! In most circumstances special regulations on sections of rivers and streams with trout in them mean that bait fishermen, spin fishermen, etc. can’t fish there, or if they are allowed to fish there, must use only a single barbless hook, and release all fish caught, etc. These special regulations areas have become a cherished thing in the fly fishing community because they mean that there is a chance that the fish there might grow beyond juvenile size and may indeed become quite large. Of course this has produced a few undesirable side effects as well.


On a recent week-long trip to attend a gathering of fly fishermen in the Eastern part of the country my buddy Curly and I had a chance to fish one of these places. This section of water happened to carry “delayed harvest” regulations which banned the keeping of any fish until mid-June. We were also limited to flies only, and barbless hooks. Curly and I sort of thought it might be pretty much fun to fish a place that doesn’t get hammered day-in and day-out by the worm dunkers and hardware slingers. Well, it turned out to be fun, as flyfishing nearly always does. But, we were also in for a bit of an education.
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