Last night the lady friend and I headed to downtown Tacoma for a night vintage video games at a bar/arcade. It sounds kinda cheesy, but I was lured there by the promise of a selection of good hard cider. And I have a bit of a nerdy side and actually enjoy vintage video games. And […]
It seems like the Gallatin River offers up a doozy of an ice jam every bad winter the area has, and this year is no exception. Shane shot me over this picture a couple of days ago after driving out there to take a look. Sounds like the ice jam has caused some flooding and […]
For a trout bum from Montana, being in the city is quite a change. While there are those who would classify Bozeman as a “city” (and truthfully, I don’t think it really qualifies as a small town anymore), out here on the west coast it’s a whole different beast. There are more people, buildings and […]
It is hard to believe that it is already most of the way through the first week of December. This has been a strange and fast year. Everywhere I look people are hanging Christmas lights, putting up their Christmas trees, and the sound of Christmas music is filling the air. Let me tell you, I […]
As one of the first big winter storms blankets Montana with snow, the realization that winter is really and truly here is beginning to set in. Even out here in the PNW it’s unseasonably cold. What does winter mean besides four months of cabin fever? Fly tying. Time to break out the vise and fill […]
I’ll argue to the death that the prettiest light on the planet comes when you are on the river.
For years, my fly fishing experience was just trout. A fine game fish, one that some would argue is the pinnacle of pursuit with a fly rod. Over time with some different opportunities, bass, panfish, and carp were added to that list. The little light bulb of the thought that the world of fly fishing […]
Gig Harbor Fly Shop just got in their new line of stuff: Trout Weirdo. The shop has a history of doing some interesting shirts, hoodies, and things with witty sayings. My personal favorite so far is their popular “Support Spey Rights” gear. But they’re going all out with this new one. Trout Weirdo. When I […]
This question has been bouncing around the shop for the past week or so. If you had five days in November to go fishing anywhere in North America, where would you go? What would you fish for? There is a wealth of opportunities. There has been talk of a shop fishing trip (assuming all goes […]
Sure, you could get a stick or use your finger and dig out all the mud and crap from the soles of your wading shoes, but where’s the fun in that?
The outdoor world has been abuzz this week with news of the partnership of New Belgium Brewing and Patagonia for the creation of their California Route Organic Lager. This limited edition brew is to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Patagonia. (For those of you who don’t already know the story of how they came […]
Nothing ever quite works out like you plan it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple fishing trip, or a cross country move. And when things don’t work out like you want, you get frustrated. And when I personally get frustrated, I go look at water. I don’t even need to fish, or even have […]
This one goes out to everyone who wishes they were out doing this instead of whatever the hell else you’re doing today.
Any beer tastes better by the river. And the last beer you drink with your fishing buddy on your last fishing trip tastes even better. Cheers. Photo by Shane Rickert.
One of the fish I have been most excited to fish for in Washington is the sea run cutthroat. This scrappy fish isn’t one you will find on the covers of magazines, or talked about in the same breath as the more famous (and much larger) salmon and steelhead of the area. But their aggressive […]