Monday, August 13, 2018

The Flotilla Returns...

The Floatilla is back...

The 4th annual Free the Snake Flotilla returns September 7th and 8th to Chief Timothy Park just outside of Lewiston/Clarkson.

It's a celebration of what could be if we'd allow the lower Snake River return to it's former glory.

The artery of the west deserves to be reconnected.   It deserves to behave as a river

The economic sense for Little Goose, Lower Granite, Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor is hanging by a thread.  So far this year, these dams are operating at a 23 million dollar loss and counting

Over the past 20 + years rate and taxpayers have dropped hundreds of millions of dollars in salmon and steelhead mitigation costs with no real net gain.

What's the definition of insanity?

Last year over 400 people rowed to the base of Lower Granite to express their opinion to the matter.

I am a reluctant activist but I have never been so proud to have been a part of last year's 400.  Watching people from all walks of life come together united in the message.  Farmers, activists, anglers, river runners, salmon and orca advocates in was something to see.

Will you join us this year?

Register today via the Flotilla web site and join the conversation on the FB EVENT PAGE

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Teapot

When you're standing in a river waiting for  a steelhead to agree with your presentation, you notice a lot of things that just make you laugh

For the better part of 10 years, this is what I've stared at when OMR is leading us down a run

Make the cast, throw a mend, switch to the left hand and then....

The teapot stance.

Happy fishing to you all....steelhead season is upon us.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tiers, Stay Vigilant...

Stay alert fly tiers.  Materials are all around you as long as your looking.

Case in point.  Country grocery store.  Kids toy isle.   The elusive Edgebrite for just $1.39

Oh yes, ohhhhhhh yes.

Edgebrite is like a drug to certain sea run fish.

Keep your eyes pealed,  you never know when a score is staring back at you!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Waste Not Want Not....

The doe came out of nowhere at 1pm in the afternoon.  Car full of family and dogs.  The impact happened so fast nobody had a second to react. 

Family and dog came out unscathed.  Truck was a mess, radiator hissing steam.

The hunter gatherer in me kicked right in.  

In 2016 the state of Washington developed a program allowing people to recover road kill game and while my truck was crushed, I was going to make lemons into lemonaide

All legal.

Some loss due to impact, but overall a lot of meals hung there.   Running around and trying to get the meat cool within a respectful amount of time in comparison the the 90 degree day, I was able to thankfully put the meat on ice within an hour and a half.

Salt and pepper, dusted with garlic.  Into the Traeger it goes

A busted truck, paid for in part with fresh venison....

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Real Green Decoys

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is taking a jab and turning it into a badge of honor

Over the past couple years, dark money funded orgs and PR firms like one's headed by the scumbag lobbyist Richard Berman have tried to attack legit outdoor conservation orgs like BHA, TRCP, The Isaak Walton League and others, branding them as false fronts for radical environmental movements.

They're call to action is to brand these orgs as Green Decoys.  The gist is that they're typically right leaning in nature but with a "sinister, false agenda" that makes you think that they're all about conservation, hunting, fishing and wildlife persuits.

Ha ha, and again, ha ha.  Joke's on you Berman and Co.

BHA has now turned this on it's head and is now offering Green Decoy T Shirts

From the BHA web site:

How can you tell BHA members are making a difference? When dishonest lobbyists mount a well-funded smear campaign, “Green Decoys,” attempting to undermine us. However, we won’t be silenced, and we sure as hell won’t be intimidated into backing down. We are public lands sportsmen and women who are uniting to defend our shared lands and waters and outdoor pursuits from those who would steal them from us. Wear your shirt as a badge of honor to show our detractors that we aren’t going anywhere and we have nothing to hide.

There's nothing to hide.  The movement's intentions are true and just.  There's no false facade.  

It's about fair chase, it's about traditions, it's about preserving public lands. 

My shirt's on the way.  Hope to see you in one soon as well

Click here to order the real green decoys shirt

Friday, July 13, 2018

Stacking The Muddlers...

We're on the cusp of summer steelhead season in the Inland Northwest

Time to stack up the flies in anticipation

Staring at a pile of materials, it's a joy to have it all come out right

Hopefully, they find paydirt soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Take a Hike Senator Lee

Those crazy Utah politicians...

Last week, Utah Senator Mike Lee announced his long term goal and desire to rid the federal government of it's public land holdings. 

That should make the hair on the neck stand up at attention if you're a person who cares about one of the most basic rights we have as Americans.  Public land.

Totaling over 640 million acres, federal public land is the most important aspect to outdoor recreation in this country.  The ability and right to roam at your personal discretion is a birthright that our forefathers like Roosevelt thought to give us.   Park your car at a trailhead and go.   Float through miles and miles of river corridor whenever you want.

And this jokester, along with the majority of the Utah congressional delegation and other elected officials want to take that away.   Check out his reasoning, it's a fairy tale of gross over exaggerations.

Royal Forests my ass.

Truth be told, the desire to transfer federal land to state control is a thinly veiled push for turning the land private

Private to developers.  Private to gigantic land owners.  Private to resource extraction.

It's time to tell Senator Lee to take a hike.   Respectfully hit him up on social media.   The guy's kicked the hornets nest of public land owners and I am sure his poor staffers are a little tired of fielding calls, emails, tweets, facebook and instagram posts

This particular one is my favorite.  Over 3400 replies in 5 days after his announcement

I wonder if he's getting the message.   Maybe he should ask his buddy Congressman Chaffetz what happened the last time he threatened public lands

Find the hair on the back of your neck still up, get into action

Give his office a call.  (202) 224-5444

I'm sure they'd love to hear from thousands of public land owners over and over again

Remind them that our public land generates an estimated $646 billion in economic impact and employs approximately 6.1 million Americans

Lastly, if you live in Utah vote this guys out of office.  Take away their pulpit. 

#Keepitpublic.  It's the only way.