Monday, November 20, 2017
It doesnt seem real
We were on another river chasing steelhead when we ran into a friend who immediately said...
"Boggans burned to the ground last night"
When our phones hit cell service the news was all across social media. About 11pm on Saturday night the fire started and the iconic respit of weary travelers, river runners and steelhead junkies went down in flames.
It flat out made me sick and doesnt feel real. There for decades after decades, I myself had been going there for close to 18 years and began my steelhead journey right in that very spot. I caught my first fish just around the corner from there and celebrated with a gigantic milkshake that the cafe was known for.
There's been so many times that we've wearily walked into the cafe before sunrise with it bustling with activity, full of would be anglers amped up on coffee and breakfast from Farrel's grill, waiting to meet their guides for the day. Those morning pulsed with an energy like nowhere else
We've listened to ranchers talk about the cow business. It was the first and only place I saw a real, legit cowboy walk in with sheepskin chaps and real actual spurs connected to his boots
So many shuttles paid for and received from. Metric tons of steelhead and angling stories told.
We all felt Bill an Farrel's time was limited in the canyon as owners and operators of Boggans, but each year would turn and there they were continuing on the hard life of operating the oasis in the middle of nowhere. Bill recovered from his horrific stroke a few years back and his classic sharpness and whit was right where it needed to be. Farrel's smile was always looking back at you from the grill or the register.
Father time just kept marching on and the couple just kept opening their doors
It was like a given as the sun comes up.
That given, that sure thing is now gone.
It doesnt seem real, but it is.
Goodnight Boggans Oasis.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
Looking for a place to go in Montana that's loaded with Geese and other waterfowl?
A place that you can do it D.I.Y. style?
I found your spot
PR Country Comforts in Forsyth, Montana. Get there, 2018 dates are still available
My good buddy and all around elk killer Drew and his family run this working ranch that also doubles as an amazing waterfowl retreat.
Just off the Yellowstone river, the ranch is close to thousands of birds, both resident and the migratory honkers as they descend from Canada.
You can harvest up to 5 birds per day, the ranch is super affordable at just $56 bucks a night with a $200 minimum. With that they have two full trailers full of blinds and decoys so you can travel light out to Montana to hunt.
Side note, if the weather is right it might be the perfect place to make a cast and blast trip. The Big Horn River is just 2 hours away. Limit out and then go fishing!
The more time I spend in a ground blind in Eastern Washington, listening to the birds circle overhead and my buddies call them in, the more I want to make this trip. Hopefully it will happen soon
Get more info at PR Country Comfort's web site
Monday, October 30, 2017
This podcast has soul baby...
Fly fishing has some of amazing storytellers out there, and Jason Rolfe from Syzygy Fly Fishing has been doing a killer job of bringing the best of the best together over the last couple years with his Writers On The Fly Events
Now he's taken it a step further and given us the opportunity to hear from these great writers anytime we want with The Fly Tapes podcast series.
The first two sessions feature Dylan Tomine, who personally is one of my hero's in conservation and writing. His book Closer To The Ground awoke in me a higher sense of connecting my outdoor activities to my plate and bringing my children along in a life that includes hunting, fishing, foraging and a lot less "screen time" if you know what I mean.
It's great content, give it a TRY
Lastly, the 2017 Writers On The Fly Cascadia Tour is coming up. I highly suggest going to one of the live events if you can swing it
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Minutes after leaving Lewiston, I realized they were gone. Crushed. Rolled over by the back tired and splattered into a thousand tiny pieces
My new Costa sunglasses had inadvertently fallen out of the truck at a mid-trip rest stop and later we realized that the "pop" sound as we drove away wasn't a soda can, that was my glasses not standing up to the weight of a Nissan Titan.
Dejected, I went full ZZ Top and picked out some terribly cheap sunglasses at the last place I could acquire them before the fishing began.
I hate cheap sunglasses.
I really do.
The sun was in full effect and the glasses showed that 12 bucks was probably at least 11 dollars more than they cost to make. I know, first world problems
Still, this isnt the first time this has happened to our fishing crew. The same gas station sunnies produced a 3 fish day for a buddy who forgot his glasses at home
Maybe there is something to this in the world of karma?
Fifth or so cast into the first run and boom, a big time grab and go.
10 minutes later, my muddler was slammed by this wild buck that took to the air 3 times
2 other grabs and one other hatchery fish to the bank for the day...
Maybe cheap sunglasses is where it's at?
God I hope not.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
One of the best films in steelhead and salmon conservation is coming to a town near you.
Our Two Hands from the creative team at Bloodknots is about to embark on a 8 city tour and if you're anywhere near any of those stops, I highly suggest you go.
Our Two Hands from BLOODKNOTS on Vimeo.
It's a beautiful film that gets to the point on how we're at the precipice of some irreversible damage to our foundational West Coast species and at the same time, offers hope to a new way to manage our resources
Link into the FB page of Bloodnots for event pages on each specific screening of the film
Additionally, the filmmakers have chosen the Wild Steelhead Coalition as a main benefactor of many of the stops on the tour. They've done a amazing job at supporting wild fish conservation and a big thank you goes their way first for the film and second to supporting groups like the WSC.