Merwin: Politics and Fishing

Fresh-run steelhead are a lot more compelling than most politicians. This year's election is over. I am up at 4 a.m. not to watch the news, but to go fishing.

Here on the New York-Pennsylvania border there are numerous Lake Erie tributaries holding late-fall runs of big rainbows.We found fish yesterday and it is nearly a sure thing that we will again today. Some of the trout are very aggressive and will charge a swinging woolly bugger. Others are more shy, and it takes a slow-drifted egg pattern to get a bite.

I'll grab a coffee in a few minutes on my way to the river, where I want to be on a choice pool at first light. Having been deluged with political news through a seemingly interminable presidential campaign, I'm just plain tired of it.

But I've never gotten tired of going fishing.