Gear Reviews

Top Gear for Sea-run Cutthroat fishing

Most adult sea-run cutthroats are under 20-inches in length and another over 12 inches is considered a good-sized fish.  But they can fight hard, and heavy tidal currents add to the fight. You may also be battling winds while trying to cast so the recommended gear is a 6-weight fly rod with heavy (2x or [Continued...]

Hiking

Autumn Angling on the Yakima River and an alpine lake

Autumn Angling on the Yakima River and an alpine lake

Getting an early jump on the weekend, Donna and I enjoyed a great day fishing the Yakima, floating from the put-in at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife launch east of Cle Elum (a.k.a. “State”) to the take-out at Bristol. Big, orange October caddis were in the air, and we had several fish to [Continued...]

Fly Fishing

Top Gear for Sea-run Cutthroat fishing

Most adult sea-run cutthroats are under 20-inches in length and another over 12 inches is considered a good-sized fish.  But they can fight hard, and heavy tidal currents add to the fight. You may also be battling winds while trying to cast so the recommended gear is a 6-weight fly rod with heavy (2x or [Continued...]

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Adventure Travel

Fly a seaplane to Alaskan-style angling on Puget Sound

Fly a seaplane to Alaskan-style angling on Puget Sound

Note: This story was published in the Seattle Times on Thursday, April 10, 2014 The drone of a seaplane’s engine spinning up told the anglers inside that they would soon be standing on a small island in a saltwater sea, casting flies to native fish. The scene, common to anglers visiting Alaska, [Continued...]

Wildlife & Wilderness

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Coyotes maybe the species most adept at adapting to changing habitats, climates and human activities. These tricksters thrive where other predators pass away.   One story stands out in my memory. I don’t remember the exact words—they don’t matter—but the story sticks with me: Long before European settlers touched foot in the Pacific Northwest, back [Continued...]

Environmental News

Gift Guide for Campers

Gift Guide for Campers

NOTE: This is the second in a series of sport-specific Gift Guide features. We’ll post new guides daily for the next couple weeks. See the other guides here. The people on your list who enjoy camping will certainly appreciate these gifts of comfort this holiday season. Nemo Helio Pressure Shower, $99.95 Campers of all caliber typically [Continued...]

Wildlife & Wilderness

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Where the Wild Things Are: Wily Coyote

Coyotes maybe the species most adept at adapting to changing habitats, climates and human activities. These tricksters thrive where other predators pass away.   One story stands out in my memory. I don’t remember the exact words—they don’t matter—but the story sticks with me: Long before European settlers touched foot in the Pacific Northwest, back [Continued...]

Skiing

Ski Vacation? Get small in Washington for a big adventure

Ski Vacation? Get small in Washington for a big adventure

Think ski vacation, and places like Sun Valley, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Park City come to mind. Think a bit more, though, and those dreams evaporate quickly as you start to add up the expenses. Airfare for the family, lodging in a resort town, lift tickets a premiere ski area, [Continued...]