Field and Stream
Think About It
Personal essays on loss and family, and life and death. Plus, Keith McCafferty swings a steelhead fly as an act of faith.
TED TRUEBLOOD AND PETER BARRETT, our great executive editor, were as close as brothers. After Ted died in 1982, I asked Peter why he had never written about their friendship. Peter glared at me and said, “Hurts too much,” and that was the end of it.
The classic excerpts that appear in this section are all from the magazine’s more recent history. That’s because if you go back through old issues of FIELD & STREAM, you notice the writers then hunted and fished, and told us what it was like and how we could be better at it, but as human beings, they remained mute. This was the custom of the time; writers were only eyes and ears, and what they felt and thought as individuals didn’t matter.
As a rule, I prefer old-fashioned codes of conduct. But here I make an exception. We are much the poorer for all that silence then. And we are much the richer for what follows.