Protecting Oregon sporting paradise from strip mining

Southwest Oregon is a place defined by steep country and untamed rivers where we can go to find solitude, dramatic landscapes, and some of the best habitat for big game and wild anadromous fish in the lower 48 states. Rivers like the Smith, Illinois, and Chetco are legendary amongst sportsmen and women for their strong runs of steelhead, sea-run … Read more

At home on the Tongass

A Dolly Varden from Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

My father once told me that “home is where you hang your hat.” I believed it, for a time, at least. I mean, as a young boy, who was I to argue with the wisdom of a grownup?  I’ve come to realize, though, that “home” is where everything seems to fall into place just right. … Read more

Point No Point

The deviation from the plan started when the app we were using to navigate across downtown Seattle in morning traffic guided us down appallingly skinny, twisted streets and a scenic tour of old neighborhoods that did not, in the end, deliver us to the ferry any more rapidly than if we had simply followed the … Read more

Two 20-something women put their heads together to protect the Tongass

If you’ve followed along with Trout Unlimited’s campaigns in Alaska over the past few months, you know that from Pebble Mine advancements to Roadless Rule rollbacks, incredible places like Bristol Bay and the Tongass National Forest are at great risk.   In response to the increased need for capacity on these TU campaigns, the Alaska program brought me and Kayla Roys on … Read more

Think it’s going to be a great day? Think again.

There is a risk to presuming that the first few minutes of a fishing outing will portend how the entire day will unfold.  How often do we struggle early, and then rally?  How often do we dominate early and then fade?  But we often can’t help ourselves, which is part of why I got a … Read more