Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: Fishing without hooks

It was another tough week in the news. The Washington state Department of Wildlife threatened us with yet another emergency closure. We were warned last… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Fish are getting smarter

It was the American author John Steinbeck who said, “It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A crazy way to stay sane

They say we live in an age of disinformation. I can think of no greater example of this modern-day dilemma than a recent reoccurring theory… Continue reading

A young Pat Neal holds the lead rope for his sisters on the back of Cinderella the donkey.

PAT NEAL: A good horse

Back on the farm, we used to say, all the animals go to heaven. There was great reminder of this eternal truth when a picture… Continue reading

A young Pat Neal holds the lead rope for his sisters on the back of Cinderella the donkey.

PAT NEAL: The Discover Pass disaster

It was another tough week in the news. Legislation to eliminate the hated Discover Pass has been introduced in the state Legislature. The $30 Discover… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A new adventure sport

There is a new outdoor adventure sport making waves all across this green emerald recreational paradise we call the Olympic Peninsula. While this new sport… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thank you for reading this

Thank you for reading this. Somebody must. I know this from all of the wonderful cards and letters you send. In this country, we have… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A really hard winter on the Peninsula

It was daylight in the swamp. Last week’s snow was melting in the rain. It turned into a slushy mess with an icy base that… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A miserable memory of a New Year’s Eve

In last week’s episode, we were sharing the yuletide joy of an 1859 Christmas cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in a cedar… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A Christmas canoe cruise continued

LAST WEEK, WE were comparing our modern system of transportation with a Christmas canoe cruise from Neah Bay to Port Townsend in December 1859 by… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A Christmas canoe cruise

As the holiday season progresses, we ask ourselves the question, “will we be at home or on the road?” This year, staying home for the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Extinction for profit

It was another tough week in the news. A decision was made by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that should go a long… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Razor clamming best way to avoid post-holiday chores

Now that Thanksgiving is over, only the drudgery of cleanup remains. Don’t get bogged down in the details as an excuse for doing nothing. A… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Things could be worse

We’ve heard a lot about supply chain problems lately. It’s nothing new to people who hunt, fish and gather wild crops to augment their food… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: An answer to an age old queston

It was daylight on the river. We were sitting in the vapors of a fog-shrouded valley trying to solve the central problems of human existence.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The ‘Miracle of the Salmon’

This year’s big run of humpies, or pink salmon, in the Dungeness River is like a miracle. It brings to mind the first recorded “Miracle… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The forecast for this winter

Autumn must be my favorite time of year. If only because it helps us to prepare for winter. You remember winter? Maybe you were so… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Sympathy for the Fish Cop

Thank you for reading this. You send the most interesting letters. One of the best came as a response to my explanation of how our… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Try not to get lost

Who says there is no good news these days? A lost backpacker was found after four days by search and rescue teams made up of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Disaster Preparedness month

By now we’ve all about had it up to here with the nanny-state government telling us what to do. The last I heard, this was… Continue reading