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“O, sir, doubt not that angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?” — English writer Izaak Walton (1593-1683) Author of “The Compleat Angler”

Passion, introspect and play of ‘the quiet sport’ Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Fly fisherman Bob Wolfe of Pendleton reels in a a rainbow trout while fly fishing Thursday in a pond south of Ukiah. Wolfe has been fly fishing ever since he found some flies in a wallet when he was 15 years old.

By PHIL WRIGHT East Oregonian

Hey, did you catch anything? Most anglers might say, “Yes,” “No,” “A few,” or even “I limited out.” But those who take the fly rod and cast forth the heavy line with its minute imitation insect are more apt to say, “Yes, about 80 today.” As Pendleton fly fisherman Bob Wolfe puts it: “When we do fishing, we go for a day of fishing.” And when Wolfe and other fly fishing enthusiasts talk about it, well, they don’t sound quite like other recreational fishing folks. “It’s kind of a passion,” Wolfe said. Fellow fly fisherman John Dadoly sees it much the same. “It’s become a bit of a way of life with me,” he said.  Wolfe and Dadoly are both members of Blue Mountain Fly Casters, a local club that spreads the word on fly fishing and teaches classes on how to fly fish and make lures, or “flies” — imitations of real insects used to catch fish. Wolfe is a founding member of the club and retired from the U.S. Forest Service. He always loved to fish and started out using bait. One day as a 15or-so-year-old on the way to the fish hole, he found a wallet with some fishing flies inside. Wolfe picked up the wallet and went to the hole, but his lures didn’t work even though he could see the fish were biting. He opted to try a new approach. “I tied a fly on my spin line, bellied up to the water and on my first cast got a hit,” he said. He was hooked and has spent a lifetime learning about fly fishing. “Every time I fish, even though I’ve fished for 50 years, I still learn something,” Wolfe said. “You get good, you get where you can outfish your peers, but you never really master it.” Dadoly is a 47-year-old East Coast native who also has fished all his life. Fly fishing intrigued him since he was 12 or 13, and he dabbled in it until he moved to Oregon in 1994. Then a friend mentored Dadoly on fly fishing, from tying flies to casting. For the past 15 years, he has exclusively fly fished. “I think fly fishing gives you a chance to learn more about the fish and their environment,” he said. “When you fly fish, you are exploring,” Wolfe said.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Fly fisherman John Dadoly ties a whip finish on a dry fly at his home in Pendleton.

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

John Dadoly is an East Coast native who has fished all his life, but who has almost exclusively fly fished since moving to Oregon 15 years ago. “You are trying to trick an animal with an IQ of 6 into hitting your imitation fly.” Indeed, fly anglers become sharp observers of nature and even amateur entomologists. Wolfe ties his own flies — that is, ties materials to a hook with thread to make a lure. Some anglers aim to make the fly resemble a living insect as much as possible. Wolfe said he aims for more “impres-


Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Bob Wolfe of Pendleton casts his line while fly fishing Thursday at a small pond south of Ukiah.

Beware this ‘Green Lantern’ MOVIE REVIEW

Newest superhero movie fails in almost every way


or a movie whose superhero has the ability to harness willpower to fashion literally anything he can think of to thwart his enemies (and with a $150 million price tag attached to it), it’s shockingly pathetic to see how DOMINIC clichéd and BAEZ unimaginative At the Movies “Green Lantern” is. From the lame jokes and evocations of better movies to the cookie-cutter plot

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involving major daddy issues, a damsel in distress and a world to save, “Green Lantern” has single-handedly halted the stellar run of superhero movies this summer. Maybe Warner Bros. is concerned about profits, considering its “Harry Potter” franchise is finishing this July. And given the blatant sequelspawning scene during the credits, it’s obvious the company is jonesing for a “Green Lantern 2.” Maybe the movie’s production crew was rushed to release it. Maybe an asteroid destroyed the original, muchbetter film and the director only

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Ryan Reynolds attempts to activate his newly acquired ring in a scene from “Green Lantern.” had a limited amount of time to create a new movie. Whatever sad excuse director Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) settles with, in the end, it doesn’t matter because what we get is a movie that caromed from one story thread to another faster

than you can say “soap opera drama,” each thread worse and cheesier than the former. Not to mention that it takes almost forever before anything of interest happens, and when it does, it goes nowhere. “Green Lantern,” starring

Ryan Reynolds (“The Proposal”) as the emerald-green titular character, introduces us to a universe where magic rings grant the wearer nearly limitless power. And that’s where the


‘A true Eastern Oregon mystery’ LIFESTYLES

Sunday, June 19, 2011

East Oregonian

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“Caught in the Crosshairs: a true Eastern Oregon mystery,” by Rick Steber. © 2011, Two Star Publishing. Trade paperback, 218 pages. Retail $15. n the summer of 1994, cowboy Phil Brooks was shot and killed while riding alone on the Fopiano Ranch where he worked, beRENEE tween S TRUTHERSPrineville HOGGE and John Books Day in Central Oregon. This true crime story investigates the shooting in depth and attempts


Black’s infamous ‘Friday’ video pulled off YouTube

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rebecca Black’s official “Friday” music video has been taken off YouTube. The page where the video starring the 13-yearold singer once played now says it “is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black.” Black’s spokesman says her team sent a takedown notice to YouTube because of a dispute over the video with Ark Music Factory, the company Black’s parents paid $4,000 to produce the song and video. Earlier this week, the

to solve the riddle of who shot Brooks, whose murder has never been solved. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about the shooter’s identity, and rumor runs rampant throughout the investigation. At least one person seems to manipulate the investigation to try to shift suspicion from himself and his family to others by pointing fingers. From jealousy over a woman to stumbling on a drug drop to confronting poachers of the trophy elk that roamed the ranch, speculation on the events that led to the shooting run the gamut. A strong theme is the perception that officers from the Oregon State Police and other agencies ran a slipshod investiga-

tion, bullied suspects and ignored evidence that did not fit with the scenario they had chosen as most plausible. Prosecutors from the Wheeler County District Attorney’s Office had their hands tied when trying to prosecute the most likely suspects, and no arrests have ever been made in the case. Author Rick Steber spent 17 years gathering information, interviewing family members, friends, neighboring ranchers and anyone who was involved with Brooks before his death. According a press release, Steber knew one of the suspects, investigated the killing and helped to prove the man couldn’t have been the shooter. I think the author did a

good job laying the story out in a linear fashion and presenting the facts, and he also includes the wild speculation and rumor that clings to any unsolved murder, especially one in a rural setting. Because he had a personal connection to the story, the hint of a bias I perceived against the agencies conducting the investigation is, perhaps, understandable; however, it also is understandable that law enforcement involved in the case would be reluctant to be interveiwed. If you enjoy true crime novels and the western notion of frontier justice, the twists and turns of the story make “Caught in the Crosshairs” a book you can’t put down.


firm began charging viewers $2.99 to watch the clip. Lawyers for Black and Ark Music have been haggling over who owns the rights to everything associated with “Friday” since it became a sensation earlier this year.

been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film academy said Friday it has invited 178 film-industry workers to join its ranks this year. Documentarian Tim Hetherington, who was nominated for an Oscar this year and killed in Libya two months after the ceremony, was invited posthumously to join.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce Knowles, Russell Brand, David Duchovny and “King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper have

BOSTON (AP) — Financial disclosure reports show U.S. Sen. Scott Brown received a $700,000 book advance from pub-

Beyonce among 178 Sen. Brown earned invited to join film $700,000 advance for memoir academy

lishers HarperCollins following his surprise win in Massachusetts. While it was his stunning victory in a state better known for electing liberal Democrats that made Brown a hero in GOP circles, it was his revelations about his sexual abuse as a child that helped spike interest in his memoir “Against All Odds.” The Republican won the January 2010 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Two months after Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley, HarperCollins announced its book deal with Brown.

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GREEN LANTERN: Obvious lack of investment stunts movie’s potential

Blake Lively, right, and Ryan Reynolds discuss the deeper meanings of life over a drink in a scene from “Green Lantern.”

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first of the shoddiness starts. Look, we get it: “Green Lantern” isn’t nearly as popular as some other DC comic heroes, including Batman and Superman. Exposition was needed, but it didn’t have to involve a laborious voice-over sequence closer to an opening for a National Geographic series than a $150 million summer blockbuster. And considering it stole from a plethora of other superhero movies, why couldn’t “Green Lantern” take a page from the first “Iron Man” and create an intriguing, tell-all opening, one that told those unfamiliar with the story enough to have them interested without succumbing to a narrative bore? No one cares about the creation of Oa, the home world to the Green Lantern Corps. No one cares about the useless Guardians of the Universe, the immortals who harnessed the green-colored power of will in order to protect the universe. Eventually, the audience is taken to a different sector of the universe, one just a bit more exciting than the last. Pilot Hal Jordan (pre-Green Lantern) and pilot/aeronautics executive Carol Farris (a badly miscast Blake Lively, “Gossip Girl”) show off their dazzling flying skills, vying to out-gun some hyped-up

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automated jets, a sequence meant to show the fearlessness of Hal (even if he is haunted by some traumatic father issues). Soon after, Hal joins the Lanterns, a group of intergalactic beat cops, after being tapped by a dying purple alien. After becoming accustomed to his role, Hal and his fellow Lanterns must combat the evils of Parallax, an entity capable of harnessing the yellow power of fear (even if it does looks like a giant octopus). And to make matters worse, a socially inept human scientist, Hector Hammond (a commendable Peter Sarsgaard, “Jarhead”), is tainted by the power of Parallax, goes all Hunchback of Notre Dame and tries his best to defeat Hal. It’s obvious the actors are trying their best to

make this enjoyable. And even though that effort is admirable, it falls short time and time again. The most regrettable part is that Reynolds, a talented actor in his own right, wasn’t wrong for the job; the movie is. This is the second comic book movie that hasn’t lived up to him. (The first was “XMen Origins: Wolverine,” where he played Deadpool.) It’s a shame, too, because no matter how badly scarred you are from “Van Wilder,” Reynolds is a decent and affable actor. But it wasn’t just the awful script that bogged this movie down. Just wait until you see the waste of money that is special effects. From the almost-naked digitally created suit Hal summons to the comical representation of Parallax (a being

meant to strike fear into the hearts of its enemies), “Green Lantern” and its animation rivals that of 2002’s “The Scorpion King.” Investing in quality, which seems to be at a premium these days, should be a staple for any company aiming to create a new franchise. Seriously, if Warner Bros. is going to flood every conceiveable marketing area from fast food to toys with images of the digitally clad superhero in an effort to convince moviegoers to venture to the theater, the least it can do is give us a good movie, and this should have been a good movie. Instead, what we get is another “Johan Hex.” Remember that catastrophe? The Green Lantern, famous for his hyper-colorful duds, is just as well known for voicing his oath: “In brightest day, in darkest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power... Green Lantern’s light!” If only moviegoers were lucky enough to escape “Green Lantern’s” sight, because, honestly, there’s no worse evil than a movie gone this wrong. One star of out five.  Dominic Baez is the copy editor/paginator for the East Oregonian. Follow his movie blog, Silver Screening, for the latest trailers, clips and extras at

FISHING: ‘If you love to catch fish, it’s the way to go’

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

Bob Wolfe unhooks a small rainbow trout before releasing it while fishing Thursday south of Ukiah.

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sionistic” flies that resemble something “buggy” fish might like. Fly fisherman, Dadoly said, watch what the fish are eating, they pay attention to when and where species of insects hatch. He and Wolfe each collect samples of insects to study. Dadoly even knows general classification of insects. “You are observant,” Wolfe said, “because sometimes fish will key on a specific insect. That’s called ‘matching the hatch’” — that is, using a fly that best mimics what the fish are eating at that moment. After tying flies, there’s still the matter of getting the fish to bite. “The art in it is learning to present that imitation fly in a manner the fish think are alive and real,” Wolfe said.  While fly fishing may seem difficult, Dadoly said just about anyone can do it. “If you can stand up and have the coordination to throw a ball, we can teach you to fly cast,” he said. Out of the hundreds of people the Fly Casters have taught, he said, some don’t ever learn to cast very well but still land fish and enjoy themselves. “If you can cast 30 feet, you can catch fish,” he said. Wolfe said fly casting is the opposite of casting bait. In bait casting, a heavy lure helps carry light line a long distance. But in fly casting, you have to learn to throw a heavy line with a lure that weighs just a few grams. “You are casting the line, and the fly goes alone for the ride,” he said. After enough practice, he said, casting becomes second nature. He said he’s done it long enough he doesn’t think about casting any more, but about the fish he’s trying to catch. The real challenge, the fishermen said, is managing the line and making sure the fly touches water. If it doesn’t touch water, Dadoly said, it won’t catch anything. Fly fishing is like any sport or activity, Wolfe said: “If you want to be good at it, you have to work at it.” The two also dispelled the notion that fly fishing is for the well-do-to. They said beginners can buy entire set ups of good equipment for $60 to $100.

Just a decade or so ago, Dadoly said, those would have cost $200 or more.  While fly fishing is more difficult to learn than bait fishing, Wolfe said there’s a big payoff for the effort. “If you love to catch fish, it’s the way to go because you catch so many more fish,” he said. Fly fishing allows for easy “catch and release,” he said. When fishing with bait, the fish sucks the hook, sometimes as far back as the gills. That makes it hard to remove a hook without harming the fish. Small fish are particularly hard to release in those cases. Fly fishing, however, usually hooks fish in the lip, making for easy access. Wolfe also said he pinches down the barbs on hook so they are easier to remove. He said he tells classes not to fish just to catch a limit, but to fish for a full day. That might mean keeping the state’s legal limit of a couple of trout, while catching and releasing another 50 to 100. That’s a pretty typical amount for a day of fly fishing, Wolfe said. What’s also typical of the sport is how atypical its practioneers talk about it. “You get a rhythm going and wading in the stream you feel you’re part of the environment,” Dadoly said. “It’s called ‘the quiet sport,’” Wolfe said, “— the only sound you have out there is the sound of the stream, the birds. It’s just you and nature.” Dadoly also has shared fly fishing with his twin daughters, now 20. He started bringing them to rivers and lakes when they were just 5, and they have only known fly fishing. As children, he said, the girls didn’t alway fish, but they would explore the world around them. Now in college, he said his daughters look back on those days and recount what they loved about them. A bit of emotion comes through his voice when he talks about this. Aside from the bounty of fish, the communing with nature, the sharing, Dadoly hit on perhaps fly fishing’s truer essence. “You don’t have to give up your childhood fun,” he said. Fly fishing is grown-up play. Adults can have fun in water all day while in the guise of a quiet, thoughtful, respectable pasttime.

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