Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Misfit Saviors

Trout Season - The Misfit Saviors from Sage Fly Fish on Vimeo.

Have a watch at this amazing little video on what fly fishing can do for your life.

Bryan Gregson is a friend. He's a leader in the community of artistic expression in the sport and one hell of dude. 

Head down, always working, always on adventure creating content that collectively make people's mouth drop in wonder.

I sit back and watch how our little sport can be so transformative to so many people. We're out there devoting our lives to catching these small brained creatures when it's really process of how we go about it that defines the life we live.

I love it. I love this film short. Without being weird, I'd like to also say I love this dude who provides so much soul to fly fishing.

Cheers BG, cheers....

Thursday, June 13, 2019


Motherfish from Owen Jones on Vimeo.

An expression of love about sons and their journey to manhood through the lens of a loving mother...

Have a watch.

Monday, June 3, 2019

T Shirts Turn Into Conservation $$$

There's an insidious problem effecting deer and deer hunting across North America right now

Chronic Wasting Disease, the deer cousin of Mad Cow Disease has a bit of the feeling of the "Nothing" in the old 80's flick The Never Ending Story.  As much as fish and game departments try to stop it's advancement to new states, especially in the West, we as a collective cant seem to find a way to stop it.

Well, enter a small T shirt company committed to funding conservation measures and a concerned outdoorsman.   This pairing is providing a small way forward in this fight to stop the advancement of this disease.

Last Year, Hunt To Eat funded a program in Wisconsin to help Doug Duren install dumpsters across his region in the state in the effort to collect infected deer carcasses.  Infected deer, if left on the ground post harvest cause a spread of CWD as their body decomposes.

In 2018's season, Wisconsin hunters disposed of over 1400 remains of deer carcasses in the dumpsters, taking off an estimated 240+ animals that tested positive for the prions that cause CWD.

Neighboring state Minnesota noticed the program and their legislature wrote a $50,000 check  for a similar program.

Change starts small.  In this case, a concerned local hunter saw a problem and took it upon himself to start something that pushed forward toward a solution.

Through a partnership with a upstart clothing and conservation company like Hunt To Eat,  it allowed the hunter to pilot a program that proved way bigger than Mr. Duren originally thought.

Pretty amazing.  By shopping at a company that is conservation focused, you can be the change you want to see out there. 

What's your change you want to see in the outdoor and conservation world?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Eduardo Garcia....

My good buddy Gerald met him and said plainly....

"Dude, there are angels amongst us, and that guy is one"

That dude is Eduardo Garcia...

Mr. Garcia has an amazing life story, centering around his life transforming accident of being electrocuted whilst out elk hunting in Montana

His movie Charged is a required watch.  Amazing story of the fight we all have within us when faced with a ridiculous and unasked for challenge

Recently Hal Herring, host of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Podcast and Blast had Eduardo on his show to tell his story.

What I am struck by is the gratitude, humility and curiosity that seems to exude from this man who almost had his life taken away by a freak accident, only to rise to the challenge and treat life like the opportunity it is

Have a listen, you're going to be nothing but impacted for the better....

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dammed To Extinction...

Dammed to Extinction Trailer from Dammed to Extinction on Vimeo.

What a film....

For year's I have focused on the fish aspect of the lower 4 Snake River Dams, without a ton of thought of the impact that they have aside of salmon and steelhead.    Last night I had the opportunity to take in what these deadbeat dams are doing to another form of charismatic megafauna, the Southern Resident Killer Whales

The whales are starving because of the lack of Chinook salmon, of which much of them come from the Snake River Basin.  Skinny and emaciated Orcas are visible in the Southern Pod and many are not reproducing because of their lack of calories I am not a whale enthusiast, but you'd have to be one cold S.O.B. to not feel this tragedy happening before our very eyes

Not down on the fish reason to take the dams out?

Dont care that billions on billions are being wasted on salmon and steelhead mitigation efforts that aren't working?

Very "meh" about economic development of the Lewiston Clarkston valley? Could give a rip about how 75-90% of the shipping has left the river, and what is left has $21,000 in taxpayer subsidy dollars attached to every barge that leaves Lewiston?

Ambivalent about treaty rights of Native American tribes?

Then take a peak at what these dams are doing to these whales Get involved at the Dammed to Extinction Web Site

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Finding Community...

Washington, Minnesota and Texas.

Oregon, Nebraska and Colorado.

Michigan, Indiana, Kansas and Wyoming.  Maybe a little bit of Alaska, but she's always moving and we're not sure where to put her.

12 people came together under the tent of community and conservation.  This wild gathering of folks had never met in this form and instantly, we all knew we were in the midst of our tribe. 

The Hunt To Eat brand had brought us together as ambassadors to the brand at the 2019 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous in Boise, ID and the funny thing was how fast we bonded.   

A deep and immediate bond over the shared connection of the deep love of the collective rivers and woods in our country and abroad.  The hunt and sharing our bounty with all around us.   

We had lifelong hunters and fishermen, we have adult onset hunters and everything in between.  Women on the same level ground as men and in fact are probably 10 times the big game hunter as me....

I recently harvested a wild turkey in Washington state and brought the smoked breasts to the gathering and shared them in a late night session of brews and conversation.  

As the tasty treat was served, the whole crew and everyone in our Air B&B came to enjoy it and to me served as a microcosm of what hunting and fishing can do with building community.  People come together over shared experience and a meal and forge bonds that last in perpetuity.  

I may be waxing poetic, but this Wild Gathering fostered by Hunt To Eat brought some amazing people together and I believe that the same can be done anywhere.  Engage in what Rinella calls "Venison Diplomacy" and share your love for the outdoors and conservation.  Everyone's welcome at the table no matter experience, age, gender or past experience in the sports we love so much. 

There's a collective binding power of the outdoors, and guess what....there's always a seat at the table.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Craigslist Pro Tip...

Shhhh, can you keep a secret?

Just kidding.

From time to time, some of my best outdoor gear scores have come from Craigslist.  A couple of Hardy fly reels for less than $60 bucks, fly tying collections for pennies on the dollar and so on.   It's remarkable to see what is offered, and honestly with regard to fly fishing especially many dont know the value of what they're selling.

The same could probably be said for anything, but instead of going city to city on Craigslist in search of what you're looking for I have a new weapon for your quest to find the outdoor gear of your dreams

Searchtempest is a Craigslist aggregator, where you set your zip code, choose your radius from there and enter your search terms and boom...the work is done for you.

I can search 25 cities inventory for fly tying materials in less than 5 minutes.  It's amazing

Happy searching, I hope you find what you're looking for.