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John Merwin lives in Vermont, where, when he's not tying flies, building lures, or digging up worms with his backhoe, he writes the monthly Fishing Column for Field & Stream magazine.

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December 08, 2008

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Merwin: Dreaming of Warmth

Five inches of new snow here last night started me  daydreaming about far-off and warm fishing places...Florida, the  Bahamas, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and more. Once in a while, I  actually get to go. But no where near often enough, and it took a lot  of years of fishing before I could make the first such trip a reality.          
At this time of year I think about it a lot, though,  reminded by photos such as this one of a fly-caught dorado that I took  a few years ago at the southern tip of Baja California. On  that day it was about 80 degrees under an intense tropical sun. On  this day, where I am, the thermometer is stuck at zero.          

I think every fisherman has a someday place, an exotic  fishing hole that might never be actually attained but that brings at  least a sigh or a wish or a dream. So assume for the moment that price  is no object. In that case, I'm curious to know where would you go  fishing this winter?


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Blue Ox

I'm thinking maybe the Florida keys for some giant hammerhead action.

Tyler (NC)

speaking of the keys, did you ever announce a winner for the trip?


lake of the woods, ice fishin for muskies.


lake of the woods, ice fishin for muskies.


Well, this is going to sound really wierd but at this time of the year I always wanna go ice fishing.....never been before so where ever the best place is to go ice fishing thats where i would go.


mongolia to catch " wolf trout" or taimen as they are more commonly known. http://www.acuteangling.com/Taimen/taimong.htm


The "secret" trout hole I used to fish as a kid in Northern PA, before the creek was dammed in the name of someone else's progress

John Merwin

So I'm dreaming of someplace warm, and you guys want to go ice fishing? Mongolian taimen (not warm there either) or a long-lost fishing hole sound better. I'm with Blue Ox, though; the Keys sound great right now.
Speaking of the Keys, Tyler, That limerick contest runs until January 1.