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The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

Posted May 24, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Hunting, Shooting
Memorial Day - Three Generations on Boat

Scott Sneer CEO of Alpha Ecological, Owner of Blaze Outdoor Adventures, and part-owner of Fikkes Outdoor Innovations, is one of the founders of Hunting with Heroes and other events to honor veterans. Scott’s family heritage runs deep in the military and he offers his perspective on what Memorial Day is to him. Memorial Day through the Eyes of a Veteran’s…

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Fishing the Driftless in Iowa with Badowers

Posted May 22, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Travel
Fly Rods in Tow - Justin Meyer

Follow our friends from Filson retailer Badowers on a weekend fishing trip through Iowa. Words by Kevin from Badowers Photos by Justin Salem Meyer When I was 19 I fell in love with Iowa. It stopped just being the place I was born, where I’m from, where I live. I was given a copy of the Iowa Sportman’s Atlas. I have spent many…

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Help Protect Bristol Bay

Posted May 21, 2013
· Filed In: Conservation, Fly Fishing, Happenings
Jim Klug - Alaska

Photos courtesy of Jim Klug. “Imagine an open pit mine in the remote wild lands of Alaska that covers an area 50 percent larger than Manhattan, with dams the height of Hoover Dam, and the potential to hold more than 7 billion tons of waste. That is exactly what could happen if foreign-owned companies are allowed to build the proposed…

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Up a Creek in Wallace, Idaho by Gary Lewis

Posted May 20, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Travel
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Gary Lewis is the host of Adventure Journal and author of John Nosler – Going Ballistic, Black Bear Hunting, Hunting Oregon and other titles. They took out the stoplight on I-90 in 1991 and the townsfolk in Wallace, Idaho, their feelings hurt by the freeway bypass, proclaimed a manhole cover the Center of the Universe. I remember the stoplight. We…

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Fly Fishing Refresher: 4 Things to Remember On Your First Trip of the Year

Posted May 14, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
Flybox by Judith O'Keefe

Words by David S. Lewis.  Executive Editor, (614) Magazine. Photo by Judith O’Keefe Mother’s Day marks the beginning of spring fly fishing for many.  It takes a different breed (and a river out West) to brave the freezing waters of February, or the rapids of the snow melt in March and April. Truth be told, I could have easily waited another couple weeks,…

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An Invitation from the Deschutes by Al James

Posted May 7, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
Fly Fishing - Rainbow Trout - Al James

Al James is a musician and avid fly fisher based in Portland, Oregon.  Al has carefully combed the banks of the Deschutes River for over 10 years, and offers 5 hard-earned lessons for fishing this beautiful waterway. Drop everything and fish the salmon fly hatch It’s estimated that there are more than 3,500 Wild Redside Rainbow Trout per mile on…

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In Your Words: Ralph, 12 Years Later

Posted April 23, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Heritage, In Your Words, Travel
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‘In Your Words’ explores the incredible stories we’ve received from Filson fans across the globe.  Send us your own experiences with our clothing or product here for a chance to be featured on the Filson Life blog.  Ralph from Switzerland discovered Filson products over 12 years ago and continues to rely on our product. During my long travels throughout the United…

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Filling the “Dry” Season with Judith O’Keefe

Posted April 19, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Travel
Bahamas Island Beach

So what’s an angler to do when the winter wind blows and the water temps chill you to the bone?  Yes, there are steelhead to chase.  And if you don’t mind standing in a cold river all day, knowing you might never hook, much less land, a fish, then be my guest.  But what if your body just aches for…

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Pro Guide Wading Jacket Review by Alex Jablonski

Posted April 12, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings
Pro Guide Wading Jacket Review

Alex is a filmmaker based in Southern California. He recently produced the documentary Low & Clear which was hailed by Field & Stream as “The best fly-fishing movie ever.” The film is available on DVD and will be released on VOD and iTunes in June. The point of gear is not gear. Sure, a finely made rod or pair of boots…

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Improbable Optimist: Fishing’s Opening Day

Posted April 10, 2013
· Filed In: Fly Fishing, Happenings, Travel
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This Saturday marks Fishing’s Opening Day in Vermont. As the day of reckoning for countless unsuspecting trout draws near, New York City writer, editor and veteran angler David Coggins weighs in on a day he’s had marked on his calendar since fishing season ended last October. Serious anglers are known for a sense of imagination that borders on exaggeration, and,…

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