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GUEST BLOG: JT Van Zandt, The craft of boat building

Posted April 26, 2012
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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John Townes Van Zandt returns home to Texas after a successful film festival tour with the fishing documentary “Low and Clear” and picks up where he left off in building the pristine “Sea Dart” fishing boat. What a wonderful and exciting experience it has been to take our movie “Low and Clear” to multiple film festivals over the last couple…

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GUEST BLOG POST: Judith O’Keefe, Fishing Montana in July

Posted April 9, 2012
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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Judith O’Keefe is ready for summer! Because with summer comes her favorite fishing trip in Montana at Five Rivers lodge. After reading this, you just may be looking up flights and calling your fishing buddies, too. July is a long way off, but I’m already dreaming about Montana . . . fishing in Montana that is.   As many of you…

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Smith, 4 tips to tying flies

Posted March 13, 2012
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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As we prepare for spring fly fishing season we turn to Ben Smith of Arizona Wanderings for the expert tips on tying flies. We’re ready to get out on the river. Anybody else? There is no substitute for standing in the middle of the creek, watching a bushy dry fly float through the current, but tying flies comes pretty close. The…

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Converging: Low & Clear from the eyes of co-director Tyler Hughen

Posted March 8, 2012
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
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  Tyler Hughen, Co-director of the documentary Low & Clear,  shares with us a special moment as his dreams come to life on the big screen at True/False film festival. We fell in love with Low & Clear from the minute we set eyes on the trailer because it speaks a language that all fishermen know, understand and cherish. Next on the agenda, Low…

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GUEST BLOG: Judith O’Keefe, Flats Fishing in the Joulter Cays

Posted January 17, 2012
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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Judith O’Keefe has fished many places; saltwater, freshwater, rivers, streams, lakes, oceans, you name it, she’s done it. But for a longtime fisher(woman) like herself, a trip to the Bahamas for some bonefishing made her feel like a child on a grade-school field trip again. When you imagine your first Bahamas bonefish trip you probably envision a well appointed lodge on Andros…

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GUEST BLOG: Judith O’Keefe’s family adventure on the Stehekin River

Posted November 18, 2011
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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    Judith O’Keefe takes us on an O’Keefe family horseback adventure in the small town of  Stehekin, Washington. This cold weather has us daydreaming about late summer outdoor escapes, just like this one. The O’Keefe family gathers together every August, not so much for a family vacation, but a family adventure.   This year was no exception. My sister-in-law, Jeanette,…

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GUEST BLOG: Judith O’Keefe, Casting for Recovery Retreat

Posted November 10, 2011
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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Judith O’Keefe loves being on the river and always jumps on her next opportunity to land a “big one.” Yet Judith didn’t even think twice about taking a weekend off to volunteer at a Casting for Recovery Retreat, where she could share her expertise in fly fishing with a few women battling breast cancer. Two weeks ago, I had the honor…

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Filson floats the Grande Ronde

Posted November 2, 2011
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
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Earlier this month, a couple of our own Filson employees hit the Grande Ronde for the fall Steelhead run.  Although we have some avid fishermen (and women), the main objective was to get some great photography.  We took along a professional photographer, Kelly James, out of Salem Oregon.  The weather was still very summer-like with high 80 degree temperatures.  Water…

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GUEST BLOG: Judith O’Keefe, Just one last cast

Posted October 18, 2011
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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  Judith O’Keefe started off her fall with a fishing trip in Southeast Oregon. Her passion for fishing has developed over the years. Here she tells us about when she escaped to find a little fishing hole to call her own. When I hear the phrase, wide-open spaces, I think of southeast Oregon.  I’ve had an on going love affair…

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Smith, End of the road fishing hole

Posted October 12, 2011
· Filed In: Fly Fishing
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Ben Smith of Arizona Wanderings is a junior-high social studies and science teacher that lives just outside of Phoenix, AZ. When he is not fishing or hunting, Ben loves to spend time with his wife and two dogs. His summer was spent fishing, hiking and exploring adventure. As his first featured blog post on, Filson Life, Ben discusses his return…

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