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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 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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HAIKU MONDAY: On Winter Steelhead in Shorts

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is planning on winter steelhead fishing in shorts this week. It’s the bizzaro flip-side to fishing for summer steelhead in two layers of fleece in January. It’s just part of the glory that is steelhead fishing in the upper Rogue River, Fish Hack’s home waters. Catch winters [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Monthly Steelhead, Rogue Flows and a New Schtick

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is waiting out this-here short storm to get back on the upper Rogue and get that April steelhead. Then it will be 11 straight months of catching at least one stelhead on the same 20-mile stretch of the Rogue, Hack’s home waters. The year of steelhead/Best river [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On French-Kissing Steelhead, Yarn Balls and Eggs

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack finally got that other form of March Madness out of the way without having to rely on Mercer to win and the Shockers to tap out. Got that March steelhead caught Sunday on the upper Rogue River, Hack’s home waters. That’s 10 straight months of catching at least one steelhead on [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Big Flows and a Dropping Rogue

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack will be busy working on the MM bracket to win some coin off a few Dudes in the MT Sports Department. They hate it when Hack schools them on their own games. Sports guys hate to lose/Money on games they cover./Like Hack gone fish-less. For those of [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On High-Water Steelhead and Turkey Vulture Hygiene

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is watching those stream gauges to figure out when it’s time to truth-test the tips Hack tossed your way about high-water steelhead fishing in Friday’s Fish Wrap. Miissed it? Read the rag./Hack shows how to rock the Rogue/Click on the piece HERE. For you few Haiku Monday [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On February’s Steelhead, Classic Kelts and Turning Fun into Work

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has checked off February in this-here quest to catch a steelhead in Hack’s home waters of the Rogue River during 12 straight months. Not only is is nine down with three to go, but that entire calendar year of steelheading could be done within a 25-mile stretch [...]

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THREE-WORD THURSDAY: Streak. Avocation. Gem.

Welcome back to Three-Word Thursday, where Fish Hack is waiting for the first real storm in464 days to get it on and get it off so Hack can start stalking steelhead like any underachiever worth a garage full of empties should be. Gotta catch that February steelhead and keep the streak alive. Streak. Avocation. Gem. [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Haiku Co-opts, Moose Roasts and FCC Limitations

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is still cleaning up after a haiku-writing party broke out during Moose Night at the Fish Shack. Seems like everyone figures that, if Fish Hack can get paid to write stupid haikus, perhaps they should, too. Hey! Find your own schtick./Don’t co-opt Fish Hack’s haikus./Real poems are too long. [...]

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THREE-WORD THURSDAY: Drought. Tongue. Bump.

Welcome back to Three-Word Thursday, where all that naked twerking is finally bringing rain, but even that won’t solve Southern Oregon’s water woes. Even as the rain falls, Lost Creek Lake will be even farther behind its filling schedule than it was today as the storms begin. Hack’s ready to start using the D word [...]

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