Column: Stuck in the chuck

JEFF LUND/Juneau Empire I tell my students two main lies. 1. I don’t know how to have a bad time. 2. Even my bad ideas start out good. The second one isn’t really a lie, and I justify both because obviously I have bad times, but the point is to be able to capture all…

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…

Column: Mine, all mine…but not really

When I was young in the outdoor freelance writing business I was all about providing content that would be shared. Valuable content that would appeal to readers in California (at the time). The more I wrote the more I wondered about the potential impact of my words on my own experiences. If I wrote about…

Episode 84 – Routines and senior quote lifestyles

You know when people like quotes because it represents a lifestyle they wish they led, and then you think, ‘Wait a minute…is that me?’ and you immediately head to the woods or river? In this episode I talk about distraction vs. happiness, getting a specific adventure spot dialed in vs. seeing new territory, pondering the…

Episode 74 – Failing with grace

Dry spells happen. My current dry spell is something unlike any dry spell I have experienced as a hunter and angler. Unfortunately it has coincided with two visits from my girlfriend. I hope she doesn’t think I’m a bad Alaskan.

Best of the summer…in words

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly Well, that’s that. The fireweed is nearly spent. School bells are clearing their throats as the decrescendo of summer hits the lightest of tones. It’s hard to get a firm grasp on just how ridiculous the last two and a half months have been. You have those…

Happiness: a state of mind, or river of fish

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly Are you happy. It’s a loaded question when asked, an accusatory statement when heard. Bill Bob asks his brother Gus the question part way through one of my favorite books, “The River Why.” Gus leased a cabin on a coastal river in Oregon and developed the…