Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Is the Man

For some odd reason, it’s often easier to be grateful in the first week of January than in the third week. Today I’m grateful that the Web is like the Yellowstone in summer flood, roiling with debris, reaching high into the willows to reclaim the previous year’s (or decade’s) parched husks.


I wrote “Happy Is the Man” in 2004, while we were living in the Paradise Valley, and modeled the title character after an angler I met on Western New York’s Oak Orchard Creek. You can read the story on Big Sky Journal’s site, with photos by Ken Takata and Barry and Cathy Beck.

2 comments:

Erik Lilleskov said...

Hey Pete, Thanks for the story. I suggest a visit to the Upper Peninsula so you can try out our streams and teach me to fly fish. You are welcome any time. - Erik.

Peter W. Fong said...

That sounds great. Have wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Fox since we were teenagers . . .