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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 Sunscreen Steelhead and Flat Earthers

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is decked out in shorts and flip-flops waiting for nature to put the winter back into winter steelhead fishing. Steelead fishing and sunscreen are a fine mix on Fish Hack’s home waters of the upper Rogue — in July. But February? What do you expect when there’s [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Steelhead and Boat Ramp Romp Interrupto

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack’s puttin’ it down during Presidents’ Day because the Fish Wrap doesn’t recognize it as a paid holiday. So Hack’s bangin’ away kinda like the California dock workers. He’s here, but typing…real…slow. Holiday work stinks./Hard to write crap:No sources./Saves Hack from himself. For you few Haiku Monday virgins [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Water Rat, Poetry Poaching and Sleeping It Off

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has transformed into Water Rat while wading through the USGS graphs to figure out when the the Rogue River will be down and clear enough to start winter steelhead fishing again. And the off the Rat guess: Wednesday. Can’t fish ’til Wednesday./Might try doing honest work./Or just [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Monday Mourning and Worst Play Ever

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack promises to run Skittles over left guard instead of the worst play ever called in Super Bowl history. Hey, Pete. Beast Mode time./Instead, Gisselle’s in Feast Mode./Gave fourth ring to Tom. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes [...]

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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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