Big Horn fly fishing

I was spoiled by the fishing reports from The Fly Shop when I lived in California. It may have been a matter of population density, or accessibility but whatever it was, I knew a lot about the rivers I wanted to fish. Wyoming has been a different animal, and that makes sense. Local fly shops…

Episode 147 – Winner!

Maybe the jinx is over! I saw in person what I scouted online then discussed with Jaden Bales and I still managed to draw the tag. A remarkable change of fate for me. In this quick episode I talk about my lack of luck drawing cool tags, finding new opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, the…

Episode 146 – E-scouting elk and mule deer

I e-scouted three spots for a potential mule deer hunt in Wyoming and had Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s marketing director Jaden Bales evaluate my spots. Without giving the specific areas away, I breakdown why I chose them, and Jaden evaluates my work. We discuss vegetation, land texture, how long to let a pocket rest if other…

Episode 143 – Preference points and elk

Tomorrow (May 21) is a big day. Not the big day, but a big day. Results for the Wyoming elk draw will be released and I will find out if the call practicing I’ve been doing will be put to use for a September archery hunt for cow elk. In this solo episode I talk…

Column: Seeing things

I was twenty yards away when I let out the call. It was horribly flat and unlike any animal that has roamed earth. I doubled down and spit out a quality tone. I waited for a second then heard, “C’mon.” I turned and looked through the trees toward the road. There stood a dog, ears…

Episode 142 – Spring Bear 3 – Instagram

Jaden Bales works for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and hosts Muley Monday for the Rich Outdoors Podcast. He and I talk mentorship, identity, what your Instagram post can and can’t say about you. We also talk about hunting bears and the gear we like.

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…

Episode 112 – Wyoming hunting buffet

First time hunting mule deer, antelope and lower 48 elk for my girlfriend Abby and me. Trekked 64.7 miles in the hills, mountains and on the prairie. Had some great stalks, a couple good chances but couldn’t get one down. Probably did a lot of stuff wrong but it was still some of the most…

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…

Episode 98 – Favorite Flies and Legendary Rivers

In the last three weeks I’ve been able to camp on the banks of some excellent rivers in Wyoming and Colorado. I talk about my favorite trout flies, why catching “the fish” each river isn’t always a good thing and why meeting locals makes the experience better.