Episode 139 – Overused terms and hunting grouse

“Weird” “strange” and “crazy” are some of the most used words these days. This is because there really isn’t anything else to describe what’s going on and using a thesaurus to find a synonym doesn’t really make anything better. I escaped my pandemic-induced lethargic week of distance teaching with a weekend in the woods chasing…

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…

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…