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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by UC Steve » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:58 am

ronr wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:32 pm
UC Steve...being of similar vintage, your story resonates with me and it took me back to another life. :oops:

Oh, and your fly is awesome.

But, I have to ask, since we live on the same side of the country, do you actually live within the ghost town of Boundary, WA.? I'm sure there is another story there, so if I'm not being too nosy, I'd love to hear about it...
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Ron, my wife & I have been the sole inhabitants since 1973. I came right out of school, to work as a silvaculturist for Boise Cascade in Kettle Falls. Within days of my arrival I found myself living beside the greatest native trout fishery in the lower '48, so stayed. Our cabin is the only building, & the old sign on the rail siding is the only evidence that Boundary is actually a 'place'. The name works on several levels.
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by tie2fish » Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:28 am

This is as good a place as any to make a case for finding and reading Steve's book Upper Columbia Flyfisher by Steven Bird (2010, Frank Amato Publications, Portland, OR). It is a gem of a tome describing what it's like for a guide and dedicated soft hackle fisherman to live next to and fish in a wild trout factory.

Suggested Source: https://www.amazon.com/Upper-Columbia-F ... 1571884483
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by letumgo » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:16 am

Bill,

I second your suggestion. Great book.
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by ronr » Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:38 pm

thank you Steve... that's terrific. I'm sure you enjoy the peace and quiet.... and thanks to the other forum guys for the link to your book... My daughter and son-in-law live in WA. and we get to fish together from time to time. Other than the Yakima, I've not fished too many trout streams in your fair state... I'll have to do some homework.
Happy Holidays...
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by ronr » Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:46 pm

Steve PS just ordered your book... :)
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by UC Steve » Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:43 pm

Thanks for the plug, Bill, Ray.

Ron, hope you enjoy the book. I think the essays have held up well, however if I had it to do over the fly section would be different, as it reflects a cross-section of what I was tying & fishing 25 years ago. I stayed with the original patts I came up with specifically for meeting the UC, leaving out the traditional North Country spiders & Liesenring/Hidy patts I was fishing at the time, feeling those had already been amply covered. I had mixed feelings regarding writing about my home water, as I'd of preferred to keep it secret, however keeping it secret was not exposing the serious problems confronting the river... The last chapter has to do with smelter/mining pollution coming down from Canada, & a year after I published the book Canada cleaned up its act, happy to say. Since that time we've seen an increase in mayflies & mayfly species, as well as the return of stoneflies missing from the system for many years.
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by ronr » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:12 pm

Steve... I devoured the book.. and posted a few comments in another part of the forum on your post of the deer fly... I appreciate you telling it like it is and there's way too many stories about the damage to our environment that many folks will never hear unless folks like you speak up. My daughter and fishing partner at times lives in the suburbs of Seattle and has a love of the outdoors. I plan to share your book with her and her husband so they can experience the Upper Columbia.
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by UC Steve » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:23 am

ronr wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:12 pm
Steve... I devoured the book.. and posted a few comments in another part of the forum on your post of the deer fly... I appreciate you telling it like it is and there's way too many stories about the damage to our environment that many folks will never hear unless folks like you speak up. My daughter and fishing partner at times lives in the suburbs of Seattle and has a love of the outdoors. I plan to share your book with her and her husband so they can experience the Upper Columbia.
Ron, thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the book. Cool you got a signed hard-cover. I don't sell them myself, so you probably got as good a deal as one might get. If you get a chance, steal a copy. Dividend checks from Amato flow like extinct glaciers. ;)
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by ronr » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:35 pm

My daughter is a free lance book editor.... she's been in the book business all her career and understands how difficult it is to get a book published...making a buck afterwards seems even harder. You deserve the rewards of your efforts aside from the pleasure of writing. Thanks for sharing your story.
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Re: Spruce Spider

Post by swellcat » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:23 pm

". . . steal a copy."
"Steal this book."

Rough out there, in quasi-capitalist land.
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