Pat Neal

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

PAT NEAL: The mystery of the Sasquatch

I’LL NEVER FORGET the first time I saw a Sasquatch. It was Feb. 28, 1970-something. I know the date because that was back when the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: New threat to our threatened salmon

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for the planet we call home. We almost don’t need the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The (honestly true!) fishing report

“HOW’S THE FISHING?” If I only had a dollar for every time I answered that question. Inquiring minds want to know before they go if… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: No fishing problem that new laws won’t solve

WHO SAYS THERE’S no good news when every day, there are new and exciting things happening all around us? If we could only take the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Hunting excuses for almost every occasion

IT WAS DAYLIGHT in the forest on opening day of deer hunting season. Opening day is my favorite day of the year. It’s a day… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A good day’s fishing

DID YOU EVER have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? When everything you try, try and try again ends in a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: One more letter from the mail bag

THANKS FOR READING this. If you didn’t read this, no one would, but you do. I can tell from all of the wonderful cards and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Blue tarp campers shun motorized comforts

OF COURSE IT’S wrong to compare the plight of the Syrian, Sudanese and Rohingya refugees with the blue-tarp campers that survived the sudden deluge that… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: How to prepare for the coming winter

IT’S TIME ONCE again for the annual winter weather forecast. This is a yearly service provided by this weekly wilderness gossip column in an effort… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: How’s the fishing on Enceladus?

IT WAS A rare good week for those of us who call the Earth our home, with the discovery of what could be the next… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The best available science for extinction

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for the endangered species of the North Olympic Peninsula. The Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission came… Continue reading