Some of the highest praise one fisherman can pass on to another is “He’s a very fishy dude”. In most circles, calling someone fishy has a definite negative connotation to it. But to us, it is high praise indeed. But what does it really mean to be Fishy? Is it the guy who has the […]
Overnight fishing trips, campfires, and drinking too much go hand in hand together. I doubt there can be many reading this who haven’t imbibed a little too much once or twice, sitting around a campfire tellings stories and having a good time. Listening to that fire crackle and pop just seems to bring about a […]
It’s tax day, and it’s Tuesday. Both of which are just a little depressing. So here’s a fishing picture to cheer you up.
Sunny days are a rare and precious commodity here in the PNW. When one rolls around, especially some of the first of the year, you better get out there and take advantage of it. So when Justin invited me to join him for a day of trout fishing, I simply couldn’t resist. We were joined […]
I will say this about tying flies for the saltwater. It is damn nice tying on a hook that is bigger than your little fingernail. And using colors other than brown. I’ll always have a thing for tying trout flies, but damn this is nice! Lately I’ve been dabbling with chum fry patterns. Every year […]
Big Sky Brewing in Missoula makes some damn good beer. A few years ago, they purchased the equipment necessary to can their beer, instead of just offering it in bottles. Turns out that by law they had to destroy the “test cans” from the new machinery. This is how we do it in Montana: Man, […]
Yesterday here in the PNW we had one of the first days that really felt like Spring. The day was warm and sunny, all the trees and bushes are starting to bloom, and you could smell things again. You know how in the dead of winter, nothing really smells? But then on those first nice […]
Last week, Blake invited new shop guy Jacob and myself to join him on the coast for a day of fishing. The plan was for Jacob and I to head out after work on Thursday, crash in Forks, and fish all day Friday. We definitely didn’t last all day at work, let me tell you. […]
Cheap beer never tastes better than on the river.
You know that feeling of anticipation when you are almost done gearing up at the car? Your waders are on, the rod is strong up, a fly has been carefully selected and tied on… You double check all your pockets and pack to make sure you aren’t leaving anything behind (which you invariably are), then […]
John Gierach once wrote “The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”. Hardly have truer words ever been put to paper. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a series of misfortunes that include a […]
There is a time that comes in the life of every fly fisherman when he looks at all the stuff he’s accumulated over the years and realizes that he really should sell some of it. Why? Because what better reason can you find than that to upgrade your gear? To that end, I offering up […]
A few weeks ago we got some new kayaks in at the shop, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the first ones to try them out. The fishing sucked, but man it felt good to be on the water. It’s not quite the same as being on a rolling, moving trout river […]
Our family loves margaritas. Always has. There is just something about them… In the middle of January they tend to make you dream of warm places and nicer weather. Here’s a super simple and pretty tasty rendition of the classic that will almost make you feel that tropical breeze. 2 cups plus a couple healthy […]