Think much, miss much

Sometimes we put unreasonable valuation on an experience or project what does not yet, or will never exist. That’s what gets us in trouble. We think that a trip will provide clarity or resolve emotional matters, but the truth is a trip is just a trip, and a fishing trip is way worse for the…

Best of summer 2012 – Alaska

Of course there was a lot of fishing during my 42 days in Alaska this summer, but there was plenty of other things that made it great. From observing the 4th of July lawlessness on the bridge to hiking One Duck and of course, catching fish to feed me this winter, it was  one of…

The new Ugly Stik

So yesterday at the Thorne my fishing rod Julius broke in a way that Duct Tape could not fix. It was terribly tragic. After hundreds of salmon and who knows how many trout, my spinning rod was done. I taped it more and still used it, of course. I still fished with the wrecked rod….

A day on the ocean…in a wind tunnel

Small Craft Advisory Winds up to 24 knots Seas 8-feet Not the text you want to receive from the guy who is taking you out on the ocean the next day. My buddies asked me about Dramamine, I told them they didn’t need it. Turned out I was right, but the wind did it’s best…

Fish hunting

If fly fishing is the most poetic method for retrieving fish from water, snagging is its antithesis. It’s barbaric. It’s fish hunting. It’s a lot of fun. Below the mouth of the short river that drains Neck Lake near Whale Pass, Alaska, anglers my angle their hooks into any available flank or fin of cohos….

Gear Review – Galvan Torque Large Arbor reel

On the “No Snagging Above This Point” sign at the mouth of Neck Creek in Alaska was a nest of mangled fly line that had been peeled from a reel by an ocean-fresh coho salmon. It wasn’t mine. I walked past the post to where the fly-fishermen go to toss flies at schools of salmon…