Fish­ing, His Birth­day

Anglers Journal - - FIRST LIGHT - By Michael Sow­der Photo by Jody Dole

With adams, cad­dis, tri­cos, light cahills, blue-wing olives, royal coach­men, chartreuse trudes, green drakes, blue duns, black gnats, Nancy quills, Joe’s hop­pers, yel­low hump­ies, pur­ple chutes, prince nymphs, pheas­ant tails, Eileen’s hare’s ears, telicos, flash­backs, Jen­nifer’s mud­dlers,

Frank bugs, sow bugs, zug bugs, au­tumn splen­dors, woolly worms, black bug­gers, Kay’s gold zud­dlers, clip­pers, tippet, floatant, spools of leader, tin shot, lead shot, hemostats, nee­dle nose, rod, reel, vest, net, boots, cap, shades and waders, gor­tex shell and one bent Ma­canudo —

I wade in a swirl of May-col­ored wa­ter, cast a fine gray quill, the last tie of my fa­ther.

“Fish­ing, His Birth­day” first ap­peared in Ted Kooser’s Amer­i­can Life in Poetry.

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