Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: Celebrating April Fools’ week

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, I’ve had enough April Fools’ jokes, pranks and poisonings played on me to make me dread this so-called holiday like the curse… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: The Olympic Peninsula Treasure Hunt

OVER THE YEARS there have been many stories, legends and fables of lost treasures buried in the Olympic Peninsula. The most famous of which is… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: The sometimes soggy search for fire

“I AM A woodland fellow, sir, that always loved a great fire.” How often I have remembered this line uttered by a clown in a… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: Feeling love for the new guy

DEAR MR. NEW Guy, According to a recent press release you have been chosen as the new director of the state Department of Fish and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The early tourist season

ALL OF YOU people who were complaining about the unseasonably nasty weather can knock it off at any time. Say what you want about a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The signs of spring

I REMEMBER THAT first hint of springtime. It was long before the first skunk cabbage poked its garish head above the pond scum. It was… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A solution for Sequim elk

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. State wildlife officials have proposed eliminating 25 of the estimated 40 elk residing in Sequim because of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: S.O.S., Save Our Sasquatch

IT’S TIME TO stop the endless media barrage of negativity and celebrate what’s right with America. We should remember the words of that great American… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My funny valentine

DO YOU BELIEVE in love at first sight? I’m certain that it happens all the time. All I know is what happened to me is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Clamming the night tides

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN terrible at following my own advice. Maybe I was too busy fishing but I didn’t get a flu shot this year. Then… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The day after the subduction

EDITORS NOTE: This month marks the 318th anniversary of the Jan. 26, 1700 Cascadia Subduction event that produced a magnitude 9 megathrust earthquake and associated… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Steelhead fishing in the good old days

WINTER MUST BE my favorite time of year. There are no bugs. The air is clear and that’s when we fish for the winter steelhead.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Fish, orca and humans all doomed

WHEN I’M WRONG I’m wrong and I ain’t ashamed to admit it. I used to think there was not one single living politician in America… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A new cure for cabin fever

THE HOLIDAYS ARE over. Only the mess remains. Not being one to put off until tomorrow what can be put off for today, it’s time… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: New Year resolutions pointless to keep

BY NOW WE’VE all had it up to here with newspaper pundits preaching New Year’s resolutions that they have no intention of keeping themselves. Traditionally,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: If we could talk to the animals

THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND around the world, man has studied the ways in which animals communicate in an effort to form a deeper understanding of the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Gift ideas for fishermen

DURING THE HOLIDAYS we often wonder what to get the fishermen on our gift list. Who wouldn’t thrill to a Guide Model Tape Measure that… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Visions of Christmases past

THE EXPERTS ALL agree. Every year, the holidays can cause holiday stress. Ask someone who works in law enforcement, the emergency room or firefighting. The… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Prognosticating the steelhead season

LATELY I’VE HEARD people say this is the most wonderful time of the year and who could argue with that? I’m not talking about Christmas.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: An amazing new fish recipe

NOW THAT IT’S almost steelhead season it might be a good time to review the latest rule changes that govern this fishery. Michael Carmen’s excellent… Continue reading