To Kiss and Tell... or Not

I got chewed out the other day by a fishing buddy. "Man, you wrote about my secret spot, now everyone knows about it."

Well, yeah, writing about places is kinda my job. And I don't think any place can really be one person's "secret spot." Still, there's something to be said for keeping things a bit more hidden from view, especially if a river might not be able to withstand added pressure.

One trick (I've heard about) is to write about an area in general, but have the story unfold a river or two over... Ernest Hemingway, I'm told, sent his character Nick Adams up the Two-Hearted, for example, when in fact the river in the story was really the Sucker. Does that make us suckers?

What do you say? Kiss and tell... or not?

Deeter