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 139 – Overused terms and hunting grouse

“Weird” “strange” and “crazy” are some of the most used words these days. This is because there really isn’t anything else to describe what’s going on and using a thesaurus to find a synonym doesn’t really make anything better. I escaped my pandemic-induced lethargic week of distance teaching with a weekend in the woods chasing…

The scars of the partial send

By Jeff Lund/ For Caffeine and Kilos When I was a kid I would compare scars with my buddies. “Got this one when…” It was a posturing thing, a way of showing others that you were mixing it up with life. It’s part of being a kid – well, it used to be – but…

Bolder is better

This article appeared in the August 2017 issue of Alaska Sporting Journal In July, my first set of friends from California will come up and get their week-long slice of Alaska. It’s been fun to see how far we’ve altered the threshold of adventure for a few of them since they first visited. “I’m really…

When enthusiasm isn’t enough

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly Nothing great has been accomplished without enthusiasm. Emerson wrote that, but it’s been used by coaches, motivational speakers etc., because it states the importance of the way you go about things. The thing about enthusiasm is that it doesn’t matter how ready you are to “slay kings”…

Living the brochure

My buddy Troy sent a text message before an administrator’s meeting at his school district in California while I was loading my pack for an alpine deer hunt. By the way, it’s so much easier to pack for a hunt when you’re the meat hauler not the deer shooter. Anyway, Troy was mourning the loss…

My favorite mountain

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – My favorite mountain is where I shot my first buck but that’s not the only reason. It’s a great bargain mountain, in that an old logging road takes you within striking distance of alpine so hikes to its upper reaches do not necessitate substantial chunks of time. My buddy Jesse and…