Fly Fishing Tag

Commentary / 06.10.2015

The presence of cows only made the experience more surreal. But I suppose one should expect nothing less while fishing along the banks of a Wisconsin trout stream. On the last day of the season in 2015 my friend and guide Craig Amacker deftly cast his line over a narrow bend of the Blue River. It was a Wednesday morning in September and we each relished our good fortune to have chosen professions that encouraged us to play in the middle of the work week. As the river curved...

Commentary, Fly Fishing / 31.05.2015

The strike took me by surprise. As the fish tugged on the line beneath the brackish water I was slow at first to set the hook and draw my quarry from the lake into the warm evening air. Its green/yellow scales flashed in the low angle light of the setting sun as I gently removed the fly from its mouth. With a sharp snap of its tail the first bluegill of the season slapped the palm of my hand as I released it back into the rippling pool....

#ORShow, #ORSummer, Business, Fly Fishing, Magazines, Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Retailer, Summer / 21.07.2014

“Many (people) go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.” Henry David Thoreau ~ (1817 – 1862)Craig Amacker releases almost every catch. It’s not fish he’s after, but the experience of a day on the water, tiny moments of time when he’s directly connected to nature by a thin nylon filament. “It’s my escape, but it’s also my occupation,” Craig said as we cast our lines over the Wisconsin River. “It’s all about when that fish strikes and you know...

Book Review, Fly Fishing, Life Out Loud, Outdoor Recreation, Product review / 05.06.2014

I haven’t cast a fly rod in several years.  Back then I didn’t have much luck. That is to say I had plenty, all bad. Casting lines with my friend and master fisherman Craig Amacker on the Wisconsin River I spent more time untangling my hooks from low hanging branches than actually tempting trout. With all the best equipment and under the instruction of a talented angler I had to assume that any failure I experienced that day was all due to my own lack of skill and expertise. Fishing was...

Adventure Media Review, Diversity, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Fly Fishing, Fun Film Friday / 06.12.2013

The poetic grace of fly fishing matches pace with the rhymes and rhythms of hip-hop in a short film by Soul River entrepreneur Chad Brown. Released back in June this beautiful depiction of urban culture transposed over the backdrop of the natural world creates a bridge between the concrete streets and the free flowing streams that transect each of our lives. Inspired in part by a quote from Gandhi the film Conservation - Consciousness Runs Deep aims to draw stark parallels that will allow the audience to understand that...

Adventure Media Review, Environmental Protection, Film Review / 23.10.2012

The preservation of our nation's waterways is an issue of growing urgency. But as it is with most natural resources we take for granted few people will ever fight to protect something they do not know. Where the Yellowstone Goes, a new film by Hunter Weeks, is an intimate introduction to an ancient river that was old long before Lewis & Clark embarked upon their expedition more than 200 years ago. Following the path of America's first great explorers along the Yellowstone River through Montana to North Dakota...