Field and Stream

Horace Gardner “Tap”

- — D.E.P.

Tapply was the distilled quintessen­ce of Yankee outdoorsma­n, a flyfisherm­an and grouse hunter to the bone, but “Tap’s Tips” had universal appeal. Over the course of 35 years, from 1950 to 1985, he probably wrote 2,500 of them, each a perfect creation of 40 to 50 words.

Wreathed in pipe smoke, throwing erratic punches at a typewriter, the basement floor littered with yellow copy paper, Tap turned out little jewels of outdoor wisdom, never more or less than five lines, writing with the same discipline as a Japanese haiku poet.

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