Monday, March 19, 2018

A Family Hike...

One gigantic backpack filled with....

3 coats, 2 kid lunches, 2 mom and dad lunches, a football because, well...playing catch can keep the peace of an always on the move 7 year old

3 water bottles, fishing tackle, worms (gots to have the worms), candy, 3 beach chairs,  mom and dad rain coats

The hike was filled with....

14 "I'm tired, can you carry me's", 4 animal poop investigations, 3 dead critter id's, 5 rock in my shoe moments and 3 mom and dad looking at each other moments saying telepathically...."seriously!" in reference to the kids

The 2 hours of fishing included....

Zero fish.  Nary a nibble.

The walk back was all worth it. The boys earned 10 cents for every piece of garbage they picked up.

Mom and dad got to hold their boy's hands and experience a little public lands goodness on a beautiful Spring Sunday

The boys....the hike back was great.  They knew milkshakes were at the end.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

From the Pro-Tip Files...

Yeah, they're going laugh at ya.  The clerks, the shoppers and your buddies

You're going to feel like an idiot

But you're going to add in a few more drops of karma into your cup  by using the plastic bags in the effort to not track crap all around the store

Boom, another pro tip.  You can thank me later

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Redington Sonic Pro HD Review

Dont judge this review on this crap selfie.....I hate selfies

I once was a huge fan of Redington's Sonic Pro Waders.  For the money, the provided options, bells and whistles and durability that far exceeded their price point

But with every wader, their shelf life is finite and when the newest pair arrived about 3-4 years ago I was tossed off team Redington.

In the effort to have a more "performance" fit to their neoprene booties, the previous fantastic fit I had in the foot was gone.  My size 14 shoe  had no room and in turn I couldnt wear that edition of waders.

Now....there was a reckoning as I was given the opportunity from Redington to test out their redesigned Sonic Pro HD waders.

Below are a few points that impressed me.

Wait...where's the person?

Large footed fellers....rejoice!

Redington has fixed the glitch.  No issues here and there's even a bit of room to spare.  I'd say that possibly up to size 15s could fit here.   Hallelujah .

Pockets on pockets on pockets.

I'm starting to think with all the pockets in this wader, if you're still wearing a vest because you need more're doing it wrong.

Look ma!  More pockets.

There are 5 full pockets in and out of this beast.  Load up to your heart's desire.

And now, for a super subtle point that I noticed and really appreciated

It's a belt loop.  Just a belt loop....

But this one's right on your hip, meaning you dont have to go fishing behind you for your belt after you answer nature's call.  It's a small thing but for some reason a few other waders with a price tag much higher fail to have on their products.

Small touches of design mean big things.

Like booties.  And belt loops.

So with the first day in the water in these waders in the books, I appreciated the thought that went into them.  They're comfortable.  They're sturdy and have the feel of heavy construction

We'll see how long they last and how they stand up to my 6'8 280lb frame.....

Good thing is there, Redington's back's their product with a hell of a warranty.

Happy fishing out there big footed fellas, Redington's got your waders ready

Check them out more via Redington's site

Saturday, March 3, 2018


This sign killed me

First, what is "raw garbage"?

Second, fish parts?  Do you mean guts?

Beyond that, I think there were some other items lost in translation.  Like that it was ok to put worm containers, tackle wrappers, fast food cups, beer bottles, pop cans and a litany of other trash items in the trash can.

That was ok to do.....

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Silver Bow Presents IF4 Spokane, March 8th

The 2018 IF4 Sizzle Reel

March 8th, The Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane is hosting the annual return of International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) to town to benifit Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited.

From the FB event page...

Enjoy a night of fun fly fishing films and fundraising. Silver Bow Fly Shop is partnering with Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited to raise money for improved signage along the banks of the Spokane River. New and more signage is needed to help to help educate anglers to the regulations and help protect wild trout in the Spokane River. All raffle proceeds from the nights fundraiser will go towards this project.

Personally I am very excited about this film

Hope to see you there

Pick up more information via the EVENT FB PAGE or at The Silver Bow

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

To Have Tangled With Them....

As my boys and I sat on the crumbling bridge and the water thundered down the dam's side and falls, I had such a feeling of melancholy. 

This beautiful site was once traversed by 5 species of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead.  The power they had to posses to get past this barrier must have been a sight to have seen. 

Little Falls on the Spokane River once had fish passage at this dam that was the first on the Spokane System, albeit poor at that.   Grand Coulee took that all away in 1939.

Like a part of a story taken away before it ever should have, it just feels eery.  This section of the Spokane feels haunted, the ghosts of what was hangs over the area.

Little Falls on the Spokane was a place of extreme cultural significance to the native tribes of our area.  Upwards of 300,000 fish were estimated to have been harvested annually on the Spokane system, and Little Falls was one of 8 significant encampment and harvest sites on the river

The angler in me wishes deeply to have had a chance to have seen and experienced it first hand.

All the other parts of me thinks, and hopes that we find a way to appease the ghosts of yesteryear that hang like a blanket of heavy fog over this place.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Real Star of the Field...

The third volley of birds dropped into the spread and the 5 of us rose up and let em have it

3 dropped and as is the course with steel shot, not all were an easy pick up

She sprang out and nailed the first mallard. 

And the second....

And about 25 of the birds that hit the flooded field that day

With the dog preoccupied chasing down a wounded duck, I struck off across the water to pick up another stray mallard

100 yards of slogging through the knee deep water, it was plain to see how the star of the show was that day.