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Bobber

Written by: Raymond Carver | Biography
 On the Columbia River near Vantage, 
Washington, we fished for whitefish 
in the winter months; my dad, Swede- 
Mr. Lindgren-and me. They used belly-reels, 
pencil-length sinkers, red, yellow, or brown 
flies baited with maggots. 
They wanted distance and went clear out there 
to the edge of the riffle. 
I fished near shore with a quill bobber and a cane pole. 

My dad kept his maggots alive and warm 
under his lower lip. Mr. Lindgren didn't drink. 
I liked him better than my dad for a time. 
He lets me steer his car, teased me 
about my name "Junior," and said 
one day I'd grow into a fine man, remember 
all this, and fish with my own son. 
But my dad was right. I mean 
he kept silent and looked into the river, 
worked his tongue, like a thought, behind the bait.



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