HAIKU MONDAY: On Working Monday and Summers in Winter

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is living the dream at the Fish Wrap today, which is a work day in media-land.

No King holiday./Newspaper work trudges on/A manic Monday.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever else comes to mind, with some bad version of old Japanese poetry tossed in as the schtick.

Spent part of the weekend playing with summer steelhead in winter, another grand oxymoron that makes being a steelhead bum worth the roe-stained fingernails.

Tried to run into one of what likely are a handful of early winter steelhead in the upper Rogue River, which is Hack’s home waters.

Saw one beauty roll in the Betts Hole, then popped a 26-inch spawned-out summer that got spared getting its eyes X’d out.

Still, no winter fish for Hack.

Summers in winter/So beats winters in summer./Seasonal mind-farts.

Would normally be boot-fishing around the lower Applegate River about now, but the water is so low that no winters have made it up there so far.

Fish Hack and Fish Wrap shooter Jamie Lusch will be checking out the Applegate this week for an Oregon Outdoors piece on what holds for the Applegate’s season this winter.

Check it out Friday.

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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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