Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Just a few of the creations off the vice this winter. The alchemy of feathers, flash and tubes have produced a few nice offerings that have been sent out to anglers across the west.
If I cant winter steelhead fish, well then maybe my bugs can.
Which in case you're in need for a few special offerings to round out your fly box, shoot me an email at email@example.com and let's talk
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Now's your chance to grab some sweet gear and help raise funds to advocate for the imperiled run of Thompson River steelhead
The iconic river's return this fall was predicted to be less than 200 fish, a drastic fall from the typical return of thousands. It's been on a sharp decline for a decade or more but this year's a different story
The issue is the chum salmon commercial intercept fishery near the mouth of the Fraser, of which the Thompson is a major tributary. Steelhead bound for the T become bi-catch (see--unusable waste) in the commercial and tribal gill net that should never been approved by Canada's Department of Fisheries during the peak of the steelhead run.
As the designer of the shirt and Wild Steelhead Coalition founder Rich Simms Says...."We're not making any new steelhead rivers. We can't afford to loose the T"
Pick up your Thompson River Steelhead Shirt HERE.
Friday, January 19, 2018
The approach was perfect. So damn perfect
The small patch of cover is called the Triangle of Death....an overlooked patch of cover that other hunters who have access on the ground never touch. The birds know the same and usually when we hit it right, it's a whirlwind of flushes, excited dogs and hopefully a downed bird of two
OMR came from above and I looped around to push the birds right to him he descended to block their exit. It was surgical, until the 10 mule deer that were unseen, bedded down in the cover sprang up and bolted from the cover
80 yards from shooting position and as each deer darted to exit in a panic, roosters and hens came up from all possible places
So many swear words. So many
Late season roosters are a hard earned trophy. Their wild. They've been pressured for months and you have to really be on your game.
Sometimes, the deer have other plans for your hunt.
As the last deer sprinted away, we hoped for a straggler or two. As dad progressed down the bluff, a rooster exploded up and rocketed away. By the time I saw it, it was at leas 50 full yards and crossing in front of OMR.
No way I said to myself as the bird rained down and crashed into the dirt. It was at least 60 yards away when he touched off the one shot and flat crumpled the veteran bird.
I picked it up as it was at least 100 yards away from dad. Stone dead. As big as they get, massive spurs and electric coloration
"Shit dad, that was a long ass shot"
All he says on the last rooster of the season...
Monday, January 15, 2018
One story of a river reborn...
The other story of a river waiting for that opportunity
January 25th at the Cracker Building in downtown Spokane, Save Our Wild Salmon and a coalition of various organizations are presenting A Tale of Two Rivers.
It's a conversation of salmon, rivers, their people, dams and the politics around this issue.
Lynda Mapes of the Seattle Times, author of The Elwha, A River Reborn will talk on watching the Elwha return after the two dams on the Elwha came down and the river and it's fish came back
Rocky Barber, veteran reporter from the Idaho Statesman will lend his observations on the issues surrounding the lower Snake River.
A $5 dollar donation gets you in the door. Come be a part of the conversation.
It looks to be a great event, I hope to see you there
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Only because I went to bed at 6pm on the night before opening day of deer season when I was 12 years old
This past April I was given the opportunity to tell a story from my personal archive about time spent on public lands at the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers 2017 annual Rendezvous in Missoula.
I shared the stage with folks way higher than my pay grade, including Hilary Hutcheson, Randy Newberg and Ryan Callahan. I stared out at over 1,000 ardent public land defenders and told my story, and thankfully got some laughs
While not on stage this year, I will be at the 2018 edition of BHA's Rendezvous, April 12th-14th in Boise.
Passionate about preserving public lands?....join us in Boise. It's a hell of a weekend.