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Remembering John Merwin and lessons learned

Remembering John Merwin and lessons learned

I remember the first time we met in person. We were at a fishing trade show, and Merwin ordered me to lunch. I was pretty nervous because everyone at the magazine had told me what a tough customer he was. And sure enough, he was no more than a sip into his martini when he criticized the most recent story I had written

Quick tip: A new way to ship your oars

Quick tip: A new way to ship your oars

I thought I’d share a little system I stole from the big whitewater world on a semi-permanent way to ship your oars using a small loop of rope both towards the bow and stern sections of your boat. This way you have the choice of putting those blades forward or backward

River straps are for more than just boating

River straps are for more than just boating

River straps. Cam straps. Tie downs. Whatever you call them they’re as important as having oars when you’re on the water.

Having only rafted for seven years myself I’ve already missed a lifetime of river strap usage but I’m making up for the lost time by putting them to work wherever I go outdoors. I’ve used river straps while hunting, fishing, boating, backpacking, and biking. I’d even be willing to call them the most versatile tool in your toolbox.

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A time for carp

A time for carp

I just got back from a week in the Bahamas, where I put in long days on the flats stalking wily bonefish. It was good practice, because now, as runoff starts to cloud my local trout rivers, it’s a time for carp

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