Column: I’m no expert

Ten thousand hours does not necessarily make you an expert. It just means you’ve spent a lot of time doing something. While I read a lot of outdoor writers in an attempt to improve my writing skills even after writing a column since 2008, I have given up on being an outdoor expert. In addition…

Boysen Reservoir Fly Fishing

Boysen Reservoir – June 27 With no clue how to fly fish for walleye, I went to Four Seasons Anglers in Laramie to get some insight, if possible. They guy there as honest in his lack of knowledge regarding walleyes, but I much appreciate the honesty rather than have a guy send me to the…

Episode 148 – Fly fishing expectations

Is it better to fish new water with only a vague idea of what might work and what’s possible, or after having seen a YouTube video of the best the water has to offer? I ponder this with my buddy Kurt Johnson is a firefighter in Lodi, California. We talk about evaluating content online, his…

Big Horn fly fishing

I was spoiled by the fishing reports from The Fly Shop when I lived in California. It may have been a matter of population density, or accessibility but whatever it was, I knew a lot about the rivers I wanted to fish. Wyoming has been a different animal, and that makes sense. Local fly shops…

Episode 147 – Winner!

Maybe the jinx is over! I saw in person what I scouted online then discussed with Jaden Bales and I still managed to draw the tag. A remarkable change of fate for me. In this quick episode I talk about my lack of luck drawing cool tags, finding new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, the…

Episode 146 – E-scouting elk and mule deer

I e-scouted three spots for a potential mule deer hunt in Wyoming and had Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s marketing director Jaden Bales evaluate my spots. Without giving the specific areas away, I breakdown why I chose them, and Jaden evaluates my work. We discuss vegetation, land texture, how long to let a pocket rest if other…

Column: Brake-fest

I’ve always known I could go over the handle bars. That’s what kept me from really opening things up when heading down hills on my mountain bike. I imagine crazy hypotheticals such as a brake breaking, a tire coming off or a list of other catastrophes that end up with me flying. I assume this…

Episode 145 – Boat ownership and travel

I extended my range by buying a 2008 North River in November. Since then I’ve been learning as I go and sharing what limited knowledge I have about shopping, boats and the fears of catastrophe with friends who are in the market.  

Column: Thinking inside the box

I checked the right boxes when it came to the type of person who might not get a serious case of COVID-19 in March. Active. No preexisting conditions. 38. But I started to see just how subjective and misleading all that can be, and rather than look at other people, I looked at myself. I…

Episode 144 – Outside the hunting bubble

When I enter my e-scouting bubble, nothing much exists outside of mule deer, terrain, and hunting with my girlfriend in the fall. When I exit my bubble and am reminded of the volume of suffering, anger and divisiveness in the world, it’s difficult to know what to say. Would it just be some gross, self-congratulatory,…