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 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 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…

Column: Of Words and Warmth

They say the next best thing to fly fishing is reading about fly fishing. I’m not exactly sure who “they” is but maybe that’s the point. No one has to take responsibility if it’s nonsense. The they is some ambiguous body of people who makes up a lot of phrases that we use today. They…

Episode 127 – Elk and quality of life

Cody Rich says buy experiences not gear. I’ve been taking his advice (for the most part) and saving money for new experiences. However, that doesn’t mean buying a Wyoming bull elk tag when I don’t know what I’m doing. In this episode I talk about why elk keep me up at night, focusing on disciplined…

Column: Putting the serve in service

I was talking to a buddy who co-founded a business and asked him what his goal was. I figured it would be something about growth, or reaching new customers, but it made much more sense than that. Serve. He said the most important thing for himself and the other co-founder of his lifestyle coffee and…

Episode 125 – Mink, Marten and Wolf Trapping

When I was in elementary school my brother, dad and I trapped mink and marten and wanted to get enough to make some mittens and a hat for my grandpa. Grandpa passed before we had enough material but I still have the furs. So I decided to get back into trapping a bit to finish…