Friday, August 9, 2019
The fox is in the henhouse
That's the only way to describe the appointment of William Pendley by the Trump administration to lead the Bureau of Land Management.
An extreme W. T. F. ?
You see, Pendley is a vocal proponent of the government selling all the public lands in the west. His interpretation of the constitution gives him the belief that only states should be able to own land and the federal government shouldnt.
This guy is no ally to public land users. This is no supporter of hunters, backpackers, mt. bikers, river runners and fisherman. He's not in the corner of the ability of parking your truck on the road and hiking for miles because that's the right of every public land user in the country.
This guy is special interest through and through
Seeing this appointment is another indication that we are living in the bizzaro world of The Trump administration. Why in the world would you appoint someone to this post who's stated goal or aspiration is dismantlement?
I'll let you decide that one.
It's time to contact your elected officials and tell them to reject this appointment. It's still the good ol' USA and we have the power of the collective voice to express opposition.
Be heard ladies and gents...be heard.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has a simple form set up to help you voice your opinion.
MAKE IT HAPPEN...
Monday, July 29, 2019
There was a time when I had zero confidence in such a fly.
It hadnt happened yet.
When you're fishing for steelhead, someone's bound to tell you..."try a muddler"
For all the times I personally heard the suggestion, those muddlers I had stared back at me with zero confidence.
Then it happened. The rod was damn near ripped out of my hand and at that point I got it. Muddler takes are savage. Nibbles are not involved....
Now, muddlers moved into heavy rotation. Amazing what a few fish can do to your confidence in one fly or another.
Another reminder, it's all in our minds....
Thursday, July 18, 2019
There's a ramshackle old trailer on a bench just above the Grande Ronde river in SE Washington that I've passed by countless times as our raft goes by the property. The structure is almost flattened, a den now for snakes and countless mice. It's on the opposite side of the river that the road runs and I've always pondered how in the world they got that gigantic old 1950s era trailer to that side of the river.
Barge? Unknown road? Who knows?
For the first time, we stopped our boat on the beach below the trailer and I did a bit of exploring.
I imagined what it was like to tend the property. To live through some blazing hot summers and conversely, brutally cold winters where the river freezes up bank to bank. Living independently and with purpose.
But what really brought a chuckle and a smile to my face was the old "2 Holer"
This guy and or gal was living one hell of a life. I challenge you to find a shitter with a better view to and from doing your business.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Swing of Things from Creekside Media on Vimeo.
What a great video by my buddy Travis Bradford of Creekside media. He's a soulful fella who puts his heart into his projects and it shows.
Tell me a story and I'm in. This does it. Have fun and sink into a great six and a half minutes.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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
Monday, June 3, 2019
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?