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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!

HAIKU MONDAY: On Making Steelhead Fishing Too Easy

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is busy ruining the myth that steelhead are tough to catch, one new angler at a time. Like Medford’s Tom Ersepke. His brain is totally polluted now on what it really takes to get into summer steelhead. Guy just catches fish./He sits in the boat, clueless/Steelhead come [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Heat Waves Not Cookin’ Chinook

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is laying low at the Fish Wrap waiting for this triple-digit heat to go back to Dorris where it belongs. Instead of saying it’s hot as hell, they say it’s as hot as Dorris. Don’t need a heat wave/At 105, Hack can’t fish./Just write about it. For [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Steelhead and Tyson’s ‘Courf!’ Returns

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack struggled to get dressed and make that Monday cameo on the Fish Wrap. After three days of shorts and flip-flops, these-here jeans pulled on like sandpaper and work boots felt like vices. Monday morning clothes/Scrape and bind tortured torso./And it’s not a suit. For you few Haiku [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On High Desert BBall and B.S.

Welcome back toHaiku Monday, where Fish Hack is finally back at the Fish Wrap after a three-day hoop tourney in Bend, where the North Medford varsity girls took no prisoners in a clean sweep of High Desert teams. Glad to be back in steelhead country. Can’t leave steehead long./Hack’s a West Sloper for sure./Keep your [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Bad Ties and Downer Steelhead

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack won’t put in a full effort in the fifth minute of stoppage time for this-here blog. World Cup Heartbreak Tour./Ties like French-kissing a shad./Should never be seen. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: Day Late Cuz Hack is Officially Old

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is mailing this-here post in a day late cuz it just didn’t seem right to file on that half-century mark. Fish Hack turns 50/OIfficial antiquity./Old, still immature. For you few Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Texas and Not-So-Honest Work

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back in the saddle after a week in Texas hanging out in hotels and conference rooms as part of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Never spend more time indoors than with this crew. Outdoor writer pals/Dress in camo for dinner./Can’t see audience. For you few [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Wild Springers and Haiku Inanity

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is honked off trying to do the nearly unthinkable — catch a fin-clipped Rogue River spring chinook. Can’t seem to get a hatchery dog to run into Hack’s plugs or bait quite yet. Breed back the biters./Clip their fins, don’t shut their mouths./Springers tough enough. For you few [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On First Fish and a Year’s Worth of Steelhead

Welcome Back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is spending today where he normally spends other country’s co-opted national holidays. At the Fish Wrap. Cinco deMayo:/When Irish drink tequila/This one day a year. For you Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors, with some bad [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On April Steelhead and a Chinook for the Houseboat

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has 11 down and one to go in the quest to catch an adult steelhead each month for a year along one stretch of the Rogue River, Hack’s home waters. Drew McLemore of Medford put the hurt to a 26-inch winter recently, chalking April off Hack’s calendar [...]

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