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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 Pasty Legs and The Flying Tax Deduction

Fish Hack and TD#2 on Mt. Batch

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is rolling in shorts and flip-plops, and that’s a bad thing beyond the pasty appendages. It’s not supposed to be mid-60s in late January. Snowpack’s sucking bad./Boarder son needs to catch air./Must travel to Bend. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Dropping Rogue and Wild Steelhead

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is in the Fish Wrap spending Martin Luther King Jr. day the way most Hacks do — trying to milk a articles from a vapid pool of resources. Only news wonks work holidays like this. Hack stuck in Fish Wrap/No one’s answering the phone./Non-productive day. For you [...]

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THREE-WORD THURSDAY: Steelhead. Playa. Weather.

Welcome back to Three-Word Thursday, where Fish Hack is waiting for a change in the weather to catch the first winter steelhead of the season without having to travel to the Chetco River to do it. Steelhead. Playa. Weather. Looks like the late December storms drew fish all the way to the upper Rogue, which [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: Post-Vacation Malaise

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is weighing in with the first post of 2015 after a week in the basement thanks to the Fish Wrap’s use-it-or-lose-it policy on vacations. And just where do outdoor writers go on vacation? We visit other people’s cubicles, just to get away from it all. Hack bucks [...]

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BOOK IT! Friday: Last 3-Team Parlay of 2014 Keeps the Empties in the Garage Longer

Welcome to the last BOOK IT! Friday Fish Hack will be posting this year, which could still come out ahead for the season thanks to that 9-0 November run through Thanksgiving to make up for the piss-poor September that it was. Hopefully you Steelhead Bums can hit a three-team parlay Sunday to stave off having [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Big Water

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is sitting back watchin’ the river flow. And oh, does the Rogue flow. This past storm was much heftier water-wise than expected. Rogue blown out for days./Big flows into Lost Creek Lake./Rain-on-snow event. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish [...]

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BOOK IT! Friday: Road Warriors That Cash

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack picks some NFL winners so you steelhead bums can put some cash in your pockets without returning that garage full of empties. Had a bad weekend last week, but Fish Hack’s coming off the canvas with three road winners, something heard more often than usual this [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Steelhead Rumor Mill

Welcome to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has his eyes aimed West in search of the first winter steelhead in the Rogue Valley this year. A good slug of early winters usually mean a good run, and rumor has it that there were a slug of ‘em downstream of Rainie Falls before this last rain [...]

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BOOK IT! Friday: Playing the Extremes

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack is laying out some NFL picks so you steelhead bums can turn a buck without having to clear the garage of empties. Got two extremes for you Fish Heads on Sunday. Chances are the Rogue River, which is Hack’s home waters, will be pulling into steelheading [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On High Water and North Chick BBall

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is busy chasing Tax Deduction No. 2 and the rest of the North Medford High School girls varsity basketball team around Southern Oregon. Rising water in the upper Rogue River made it easy to watch North whack Ashland on Friday, for first win of the season. The [...]

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