Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Small But Mighty – Farewell Teddy

As I wrote a bit over three years ago when we lost Rainier, having a pet eventually means having to say goodbye. I understand why some people can only do this once, as it hurts so much. But it deprives…

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Posted in Fishing Locations

A Hint of the Coming Season

After dropping Henry (our youngest Aussie) off at Furry Farms, a dog day camp where he gets to run and play on a farm, I headed down to Narrows Beach. There are days that are reminders that change is a…

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Posted in Environmental Industry News and Rumors

Yvon Chouinard Donates Patagonia to the Planet

Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner (along with his wife) of Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, has announced he will transfer the company (value approximately $3 billion) to a set of trusts. The goal is to preserve the company’s independence beyond…

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Posted in General Comments Industry News and Rumors

Puget Sound Fly Company – Announces Closing

There are a number of fly shops around Puget Sound – somewhat fewer than one might expect given the population of the area – but losing one is always a time of sadness. Today, Anil Srivastava, the owner of Puget…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Interview with Jacques Baud

I had made mention of Jacques Baud in a previous post related to Ukraine. As I stated then, Mr. Baud is a former colonel in the Swiss General staff. He had worked in Swiss strategic intelligence, specializing in Eastern Europe;…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Headwaters by Dylan Tomine

Does a lifetime of being obsessed with steelhead fishing make you a better person? If you’re Dylan Tomine, the answer is yes. In his new book Headwaters, Tomine has a collection of both published and unpublished essays that proves that…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

A Whisper of Autumn

It’s August and it’s hot across most of the country. We’ve had a few weeks of 90 F temperatures here in Puget Sound – with another heat-up coming next week. But this past week there was that touch of autumn…

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Posted in Gear

My Favorite Stripping Basket

One of the essential techniques to master in fly fishing is managing the fly line. And one of the primary aids in managing the fly line is a stripping basket. A stripping basket is where line is place as it…

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Posted in Environmental

Fly Fishing and Carbon Neutral

From the mega-fires in the western US (and now in Europe); ongoing (and worsening) drought across the planet; more violent storms and patterns of  occurrence; to seasonal shifts (e.g., spring arriving earlier and shorter winters). But while the reality of…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Orvis To Cover Travel Costs for Employees

Orvis has joined a number of other companies who have said they will cover travel costs for women needing to go out of state for abortion-related medical treatment. See their letter below. The post on their Facebook page has generated…

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