Episode 105 – From the Narrows to The Bay

How does a student from Ketchikan High School measure up against students from the Lower 48? Pretty well. I talk with 2018 Ketchikan High School Valedictorian Largim Zhuta. As a senior Largim was part of the 2018 High School Academic Decathlon Division III National Championship team and just finished his freshman year at Santa Clara…

Episode 104 – Telling good stories

I’ve always liked reading and listening to hunters and anglers who tell stories with their audience, not their ego, in mind. A good hunting story is about a little bit of suffering, a little honesty and just the right embellishment. With blacktail deer season 11 days old, hunters have some great stories that I love…

Episode 103 – Opening Day Recap, Forkie vs. Four

Opening Day in the alpine did not disappoint, but it didn’t exactly go as planned for Fairbanks resident Steve Shannon and myself. We recap our hunt, but thanks to a lack of specifics and more closing thoughts, I recorded a preface which comes before the recap. In that preamble I talk about why doing hard…

Episode 102 – The Heart of Hunting

Steve Frith from The Heart of Hunting and I talk filming hunts, how to get started and why a good eye beats expensive gear. Steve recently released the short film of Harrison Gottschling’s Dall sheep hunt. Harrison told the story of his hunt on Episode 58 of this podcast.

Column: A place isn’t just a place

I saw a dude reading Jack London at a coffee shop in Juneau. The words of London, Robert Service, etc. inspired by the Alaska/Klondike of the past, have endured for generations, so it makes sense that people would be motivated to read those words near their geographic origin. However, I judged the guy. I thought…

Episode 101 – From Trout Fest to the Alpine Obsession

After fishing 7 rivers in 4 states over the last 15 days, Trout Fest 2019 is over and it’s time to get into the alpine for blacktail bucks. In this short episode I talk about the importance of always having something to look forward to, and why it’s impossible to say one is better than…

Column: The big “What if…”

A good river is productive enough to make you happy yet still challenging enough to frustrate you. Though this applies to even my favorite steelhead rivers in southeast, the frustration is different when you travel because it burrows like a warble fly you can’t reach since it’s not your home river and your time is…

Episode 100 – Mindset for business and life

My buddy Danny Lehr went from high school teacher and CrossFit gym owner to full-time business owner as co-founder of Caffeine and Kilos. We talk about some of the keys for individual and business growth, the importance of mindset and practice, as well as the need to grow as life changes otherwise one is doomed…

Episode 99 – Humility in an ego-driven field

Though we identify as hunters and anglers, we are hunting and fishing only a fraction of our lives. We have to make sure we take care of ourselves in the offseason too. If we are lucky enough to be outdoors 100 days out of the year, that’s less than a third of our annual days….

Episode 98 – Favorite Flies and Legendary Rivers

In the last three weeks I’ve been able to camp on the banks of some excellent rivers in Wyoming and Colorado. I talk about my favorite trout flies, why catching “the fish” each river isn’t always a good thing and why meeting locals makes the experience better.