• Community

    One less barrier to access

    As the trees from the trail opened to a view of the water, I checked out the anglers already standing in the river.   Against all common sense, I immediately assumed they knew more than me. I assumed they were slightly annoyed that I had come to crowd their spot.   As I walked upstream to avoid getting too close, I peeked at their gear. Little by little,…

  • Voices from the river

    Purpose found in fly fishing

    Find purpose through fly fishing

    A rainbow trout in a net.

    Lately, I’ve been contemplating my purpose. How exactly does one figure out what their purpose is? And how do we make the most of our short time here on earth with the most purpose? Life’s big questions are best answered, for me at least, while in a river.   I’m not sure I have it figured out yet, but filling my life…

  • Gear reviews

    Simms Dry Creek Z backpack

    As the name implies, the Dry Creek Z isn't just water resistant. It's waterproof. And, the pack itself, before you put anything in it, is virtually weightless. In fact, your first impression when you open the box might just be, "Is this it?"

    About 18 months ago, I had three vertebrae fused in my lower back, a significant procedure that was done in hopes of stopping the brutal sciatic pain that would start just above my left hip and eventually stop at the tip of my big toe. Generally speaking, the surgery was a success. I'm still not…