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‘Outdoor Recreation’ Articles

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...]

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...]

Gift guide for fly fishers

Gift guide for fly fishers

When considering gifts for anglers, unlimited choices await you. There’s no such thing as an angler with too many fly rods, flies, or fishing gadgets. With that in mind, we’ve found a few things sure to please any angler this holiday season. [Continued...]

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...]

Waka Waka: Portable Power for your Digital Tools

Waka Waka: Portable Power for your Digital Tools

Digital devices have moved beyond our city limits and have infiltrated the backcountry. Digital cameras, GPS receivers, smart phones, eBook readers and even powerful headlights draw power from rechargeable batteries. The WakaWaka POWER unit offers one of the best options when those batteries need recharging in the backcountry. The WakaWaka POWER pack includes a battery, [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...]

Redington casts to a new class of anglers

Redington casts to a new class of anglers

The latest fly rod from Redington has the performance to please the most seasoned fly fisher with a look that will appeal to the youngest generation of anglers. The Vapen’s new graphite construction, a propriety technology dubbed XWrap, alternates the wrapping direction of two layers of graphite to create a rod with an impressive degree [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...]

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, meals out morning, noon and [Continued...]

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