Column: A sanctuary of stress

It’s better to be outside. You don’t live in Alaska to wear out recliners. Well, at least you shouldn’t. But I feel like complaining about being in quarantine though I’m healthy, is making it about me which seems pretty greasy. Just because I haven’t left home since I arrived back in Ketchikan from a trip…

Episode 134 – The personal fly fishing evolution

  Alex Ramirez and Dave Schonzeit are the hosts of the Beer, Fly Fishing and Food podcast out of California. I fished the Yuba River with Alex last week so the three of us talk dry fly fishing, why striper fishing is maybe their current favorite, fly fishing icons, history, technology and of course, a…

Episode 133 – Quarantine Day 1

A lot changed while I was in California trout fishing this past week, but I am home now, a half day into my 14 day quarantine. My buddy Dean returned from a school trip in Portugal a week ago, so I get tips from him about coping with the isolation. We talk about being ethical,…

Episode 132 – Spring steelhead and trout

Fly fishing for steelhead is one of my all-time favorite things. In this episode I talk about the latest trip to the river, what I use, why I use it, and why what I use shouldn’t necessarily dictate what you do. Casting style and individual taste should drive what you end up buying but I…

Episode 131 – Feels like spring…and that we’re doomed?

According to yesterday’s weather, spring is getting close and with it the chance to catch steelhead, camp, hike and hunt bear and grouse. According to the Internet, however, we are doomed. President Trump or socialism, or authoritarian governments, or climate change, or coronavirus, or guns, or not having guns will lead to our demise if…

Episode 130 – Draw results, attitudes and need

Caleb Martin runs xplorealaska.org and is a hunting fanatic. He and I talk about the draw results, why it’s fair, what to do if you didn’t draw, the best types of meat, the need to justify and how important it is to represent your lifestyle well since there are plenty of people with political power…

Column: The biggest day next to Opening

I was reading an old issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal Sunday which got me thinking. First, I’ll explain “old.” Old not because 2002 is a long time ago, but there have been enough years between then and now for plenty of things to happen. In the case of the article, non-residents could still purchase over…

Episode 129 – Secret spots and stirring the pot

In this solo episode I talk about why it’s stupid to try to show off in front of guides or experts, why someone taking you to see where they trap is an exercise in extreme trust and the idiocy of pot stirring posts.