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In a column, Steve Hudson considers the reasons fisherman wade out into the deep. "Sometimes we do it to bring something home. And that is okay. But sometimes we do it to leave something behind."

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In a column, Steve Hudson recounts the joy of new discoveries in your own community after coming across Birmingham Park in Milton which features an extensive trail system.

During seasonal turnover river water is murky and visibility is limited. On a recent fishing trip to Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River, Hudson found that brightly colored flies and lures work best.

Fishing the tailwater below Buford Dam is not for careless anglers. You've got to watch for water releases and be ready for turnover. But soon the Chattahoochee River will again be a pleasant place to be. 

I’m eating lunch with my buddy George today. We’ll go find some barbecue and sweet tea and solve a few of the world’s problems. And we’ll talk about old times.

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…as in my fishing rod and my walking staff, although “staff” sounds very formal for what is basically just a stick with a handle on one end.

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There seems to be no shortage of news concerning diseases these days. Now, the “disease” word has come to the world of trout fishing.

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There you are, walking down a peaceful forest trail, when ZAP! You feel that unmistakable sensation which lets you know you’ve just wrecked some poor spider’s hard-won home.

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The other day I was hiking in northwest Georgia on a great trail that I’ll tell you about one of these days. But one thing happened on my hike that made me a little nervous. That thing was an encounter with a family and their unleashed dog.

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Space and technology, it seems, go together like – well, like space and technology. But come the second week in August, you won’t need technology beyond your very own eyes to experience some space-type excitement on your own. 

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The other day, I got the itch to hike somewhere new. Like a lot of folks, I’m often a creature of habit and stick to the trails I know. But sometimes I get the urge to broaden my horizons.

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Well, yes. Bears do.

And so do hikers from time to time.

One nice thing about hiking is that it gives you the opportunity to get away from civilization. Trails lead you out and away – usually a good thing!

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The grandkids were here last weekend, and it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all! There was a little too much rain for us to do much fishing, but we did get in a bit of rock collecting (more on that next week).

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Have you heard the saying — how does it go? — that there’s nothing new under the sun? If you’ve poked around in the outdoors for very long, you might think that’s just another way of saying that there are no new places to go. But is that true? I don’t think so. There will always be new-to-me spots that I haven’t found – yet!