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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...]

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...]

Gender Roles in the River

Gender Roles in the River

Yes, most of the fly fishers today are men. But that can change. One of the best ways to implement meaningful change is through mentoring and sharing of information. Women who fish must be leaders in this by telling their stories, sharing their experiences, and encouraging other women to get out and join them in the river. And men must not only accept women into the sport, we need to encourage them to join us. [Continued...]

Great Gift Ideas for Outdoor-Loving Dads

Great Gift Ideas for Outdoor-Loving Dads

When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, forgot the old cliché gifts of aftershave and ties. Outdoor-loving men want fun gifts, cool gifts, manly gifts! Any adventurous dad will appreciate these items designed to air them in their outdoor sports.   Hiking and General Outdoors Dads Anniversary Bottle and Shoulder Sling (by Filson), $175 For the [Continued...]

Combined Heat and Power (CHP): Industrial Efficiency & Backcountry Cooking

Combined Heat and Power (CHP): Industrial Efficiency & Backcountry Cooking

The idea seems so simple: If you are going through the trouble and expense to generate heat for one purpose, but end up with more than you need, use that excess for something else. Namely, electricity. Simple in concept, but more difficult to implement – until now. The idea of “Combined Heat and Power” (CHP) [Continued...]

The Lost Sidebar – Learning to Fly Fish

The Lost Sidebar – Learning to Fly Fish

Today’s newspapers sadly lack the space to run all the news needed to complete a story. The June 7 Father’s Day story in The Seattle Times about father and son learning to fish together (LINK HERE) lacked key information to help readers take part in this activity themselves. So we present the full “IF YOU GO” [Continued...]

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...]

Sportsmen Descend on DC to Save Bristol Bay

Sportsmen Descend on DC to Save Bristol Bay

The following is a guest post available to all outdoor bloggers who have an interest in the Pebble Mine/Bristol Bay issue. Please feel free to you use it on your blog. Photo by B.O’Keefe Sportsmen fly to DC to tell president and congress to say no to Pebble Mine Starting Monday, April 16, more than [Continued...]

Top picks of jackets suitable for spring

Top picks of jackets suitable for spring

On any spring weekend in the Pacific Northwest, we never know what weather conditions we might face, nor what we might want to do for the day. We can see dramatic weathers changes not just day-to-day, but hour-to-hour. We also must choose from an array of actives. We can ski inbounds or slide into the [Continued...]

Buy less, use more! Outdoor Gear shouldn’t be disposable

Buy less, use more! Outdoor Gear shouldn’t be disposable

We all have too much shit! With two or three perfectly functional rain jackets in the closet, we go out and buy the latest and great. When the newest fly fish rod comes out, promising to improve your cast by 10 yards, and your accuracy by 10 percent, we go buy it. If a new [Continued...]

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