Wild Olympics for Our Future from Wild Olympics on Vimeo.
I've been meaning to share this for a little while, but it was released the day I left to go steelhead fishing, so here it is better late than never. My buddy Joey was able to contribute video of me casting on the Hoh, and I feel very fortunate to be featured in this video for a great organization. Go to the Wild Olympics website and look at the great work they are doing to protect one of the coolest places on earth!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Fall in Southwest Montana is one of the best times to be here. With the tourists gone, and the fish fattening up for winter, it can be pretty special (when it's not snowing). Here are a couple of shots from an afternoon Ke'lah and I spent on the Beaverhead last weekend. If you make it up there before the end of the season on the 30th be careful not to step on the redd's, there are a lot of brown trout spawning.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|My "12th Man" doing work on the Salmon River, ID.|
|Black, blue, green and flashy; hard to beat.|
|Troy Dettman's "The 12th Man"|
After posting the picture of my fly and fish that is pictured at the top of this post on FB about a week ago, Troy Dettman posted the picture of his "12th Man" that he tied up last winter. A very nasty intruder tied in similar Seahawks colors, I'm sure Troy has had the same success with his fly as I have with mine. I may be contacting him about retiring "The 12th Man" as I am going to, because apparently the Seahawks need all of the mojo they can get, and our flies might be taking some of it.
Also, my alma matter Eastern Washington University is in the FCS playoffs again, so watch for some red swinging bugs this upcoming week. If you remember, last time I tied playoff bugs for EWU it led to their 2010 national championship!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
I'm not sure how this hasn't gotten any blog press that I can find, but I'm digging the crap out of this teaser for "Rivers and Roads" by Elias Carlson. Maybe I can relate to the two brothers going fishing, maybe I just love the cinematography or maybe I'm very jealous of the soundtrack, whatever it is, I think this a cool project and am excited to see the full version. Give it a watch and a like on Vimeo!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|Hatchery fish removal via the purple and blue|
For many years my Dad and I took a trip in the fall somewhere fly fishing. It started on the Methow trout fishing the last weekend it was open. Then we started going to the St. Joe. Once we got the drift boat it was Montana. Life began to move a little faster once I moved out to Montana, and although we still fish together a couple of times a year, our fall trip to a new spot had fallen away.
|Great backdrop to stare at while your fly swings.|
|Madi relaxing from a long day of swimming.|
|Dad forgetting to smile for the camera|
|Just how it's supposed to happen|
|Aww yeah! Thanks Andy!|
Monday, November 12, 2012
Dudes, sports, guests, clients call them what you want, the great people that pay for fly fishing guides are the reason myself and many other bums are able to work an amazing job doing something we love. This video features two of my favorite "dudes" on the last 2 days of the season, fishing my favorite stretch of the Big Hole. We had a great time, tons of laughs, excellent fishing and sent the guide season off in to winter in grand fashion. A big thanks to Lee and Corby for letting me poke the GoPro at them, and for fishing hard all of the days we got to share in the boat. Looking forward to next trout season already! Oh yeah, take the time to turn on the HD!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
As one who hates wearing waders, and the cold weather that calls for them, this review couldn't make me happier. I ordered a pair of the Simms Coldweather Pants about 3 weeks ago, and they showed up just in time for the first snow of the year. Excited to try them out I threw them on with a big pair of wool socks and headed for the river. After half a day fishing in 50 degree weather with a nice firm breeze I new they were the real-deal, but it wasn't until the temp dropped another 10 degrees the next day that I knew how much I loved them.
|Coldweather pants: built for days like this. Photo by C.Squad.|
A thick layer of fleece covered with a windproof fabric makes these pants great to slide into waders, but also decent for going into the bar afterwords (as long is the bar is something more like the Hitching Post than The Plonk). They have full front and back pockets, as well as one cargo pocket that would be great for holding your spare chew can. I have still yet to wear them on a full day of wade fishing, but if you layered these pants with a capilene liner i don't think you could find weather that you wouldn't stay warm in. For the fishing in the boat that I used them for, I was more than warm enough without the base layer, and would have likely been too hot on a decent weather day. My only complaint about these pants is the waist in size Xl is very large. I wear a 36" waist, and these pant require a belt to stay up. This is not completely unusual with me and Simms products and all of the plus sides of these pants make it worth throwing on the belt.
If fishing didn't stop for you at the end of September, you need to get a pair of these pants. They will keep you as warm as you could ever need to be and help you keep looking good when the waders come off. Hit up your local fly shop and get yourself some Simms Cold Weather Pants before it really gets cold out there!