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…

Column: The Future of Fish

Cod Point was an appropriate first stop since we like to match the contents of the book to the book club meeting. In this case it was “Cod” by Mark Kurlansky. Dave directed the landing craft into an inlet where fresh cabins garnished an otherwise thick forest. After a few minutes of pointing out the new…

Episode 121 – Boat ownership, duck hunting and 1984

Paranoia is part of new boat ownership, right? And it eventually goes away? Please say yes. In this episode I talk about the joys of owning a real boat and the 2 a.m. storm worries. I also talk about failed stalks during duck hunts, learning new things and release some of the darkness that comes…

Episode 117 – Hunting Muskegs

It’s rut season for Sitka blacktail deer up here in Southeast Alaska so Ryan John and I talk about how to hunt southeast Alaska muskegs. We talk scouting muskegs, what Google Earth can’t show you, the importance of hunting the entire way to the muskeg not just the muskeg itself, how long to stay, being…

Column: Lucky? Good? Who cares

Right around noon I turned into a Snickers commercial. It’s one of the most predicable events in a Lund hunting trip in October. Pre-dawn enthusiasm and first light focus gives way to frustration. My steps go from calculated and quiet to sloppy. By noon, I’m dehydrated, hungry and wondering how long I’d make it after…

Episode 115 – BONUS – Hunting ethics and success

Inspired by the dude who dropped off another dude into the cove in which we were anchored, I podcast from a secluded beach after taking a buck. I punched the tag at 8:45, so by the time I was back to the beach, I had four hours to kill before my buddies returned from their…

Episode 109 – Fair game or bear theft?

Ryan and I were glassing for black bears and two dudes appeared. I went over to them, introduced myself and asked what their plan was so we wouldn’t be in the way of each other. They said they were heading to a different peak. We told them we were hunting the bowl in front of…

Dude…

I thought about Matt Hamilton’s “Dude” shirt as my buddy Ryan and I ambled up the mountain’s eroded path as the sun came up. It’s the best bargain hike around, by far. The name is all the social media captain you need and, in Matt’s usage, a reference to a movie that had a cult…

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…