Tip-Top Secret

Rob-Portrait351By the time you are reading this, I will be at an undisclosed location in Northern Minnesota, stalking the wily large-mouth bass. Woodworkers are known for their generosity in sharing information about sources: “I just found some red oak selling for $0.75 a board foot! It’s over at blah, blah blah.”  Fishermen, not so much. I am sure that you have heard the old saying,  “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and you’ve created a liar.”

Sadly, old sayings often have more than a little truth in them. So I can’t actually tell you the exact place that I am catching all those bass. (Well I could, but you would be foolish to believe me — see “old saying” above.)

But I can tell you that I will be catching them on lures that I turned myself.  As you can imagine, I’m sure, this adds a good degree of emphasis to the bragging that attends each new fish caught. (Another bit of fishing behavior that is not very attractive … but is a lot of fun!)

So, I will see you next time.  And the truth will not be in me.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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