• With the Flow: WA Winter Steelheading
  • How to Filet a Fish
  • Steven Star Marine: Newport, Rhode Island's Source for Marine Engineering

3 tips for Backcountry Preparedness with Coalcracker Bushcraft

Outdoor recreation provides an opportunity for people to learn and explore. It allows people to spend time with family and friends, view wildlife, and experience nature. These experiences however, could potentially become life-threatening. Be prepared by utilizing the following steps to prevent any mishaps.

Preplanning is the key to a safe and memorable outing. Before the adventure begins, gather information about the location you are traveling by calling the park office or visiting the park's website. It is important to know the guidelines and warnings within the park – providing you with more information about gear or other items that will be needed. Additionally, create a plan. Des...

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What to Pack for a Backpack Fly Fishing Trip

Backpacking is a great way to re-familiarize yourself with the often-elusive feeling of spare time. With a little extra planning, you can turn a backpacking trip into a fly-fishing trip. We asked Sage Elite Pro and backcountry fishing expert Seth Blackamore about what he packs for a minimalist backcountry fishing kit.

1) Fishing License: Carry it with you at all times and do your research on area regulations.
2) Rod/Reel combo: A standard 9’ 5 weight rod is great for alpine lakes, and alternatively a 7.5’ 3 weight is good for small streams and confined areas. Your reel should be matched to the size to your rod.
3) Flies: Pack a good assortment of barbless flies in a small fly box. It doesn’t hu...

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What Is The Land and Water Conservation Fund

For more than 50 years, LWCF has been called America’s most important tool in conservation. But all that was subject to change last September when authorization for the fund faced the legislative chopping block.

What is LWCF?
In the early 1960’s, heightened awareness regarding the depletion of natural resources and the increasing need for public recreation areas brought about the creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. The idea was relatively simple; use revenues from the depletion of offshore oil and gas to protect and conserve America’s land and water resources. Each year, offshore oil and gas companies operating on the Outer Continental Shelf pay royalties into the fund - and ...

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Q+A With Fly Designer Brita Fordice

Atop Brita Fordice’s desk lays a bag of eyeballs. Next to the eyeballs are a variety of feathers- some that look real, some that are real, and some that look like they might have been picked up on the floor of a costume closet. Next to the feathers are resins to hold things together and tools to pull things apart. It looks a bit like a kindergarten art class, save for the cauterizer.

All jokes aside, Brita’s job is actually quite serious. She’s a fly designer with RIO Products. (She’s also a guide in her off hours). When I first asked Brita about her work, she told me she had the best job in the industry. I met up with Brita at her office on Bainbridge Island to learn why.

Let’s start at the s...

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In Print: Making Art with Ed Anderson

Ed Anderson is an Idaho-based artist known for his iconic scenes using bold colors and lines to present subjects from bush pilots to bull trout and bugling bull elk. We sat down with Ed to learn more about how he got into art, developed his style, and what has influenced him along his journey.

When did you first get interested in being an artist?
I've been doing art my whole life. My mom supported and encouraged it at a young age. I eventually landed in an advanced program in high school which led to architecture school at the University of Minnesota where I received a ROTC scholarship.

So you were in the military, where did that lead you?
Upon graduation I had the opportunity to serve in the US...
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With The Flow: WA Winter Steelheading

With The Flow: WA Winter Steelheading

Anglers love to quote the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “No man ever steps in the same river twice...”.  There are many ways to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest's free-flowing rivers, but a drift boat in the winter is one of the most intimate and powerful. Winter offers a unique opportunity to try and tackle rough, rocky and frigid waters that change from minute to minute. Without a dam to regulate discharge, you have one option: go with the flow.

When you picture father and son fishing trips in a metal row boat, you might picture a pristine lake with a bobber and worms, goofy hats with oversized boots and dozing off in the warm sun. For my dad and I, we picture something differ...

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How-To Fillet a Fish

How-To Fillet a Fish

Whether you fish your local river, the lake the next state over, or the ocean on the other side of the world, knowing how to properly filet your catch is an important step in becoming a fisherman. We commissioned artist Heather Hardison to draw a basic tutorial outlining the few key steps to take your catch from the end of your line to your table.

Seven Star Marine: Newport, Rhode Island's Source for Marine Engineering

I had the great good fortune of growing up on the waterfront in my father’s marine business. It was an immersive, hands-on experience that captured my imagination from the start. What more could a boy want than to be surrounded by boats, engines, and an endless stream of fascinating characters? Dad and his partner started out of a shack at the top of the dock, where my folks had been living aboard their boat, carrying charter guests for day sails and dinner cruises. The America’s Cup races in the 70’s and early 80’s brought people by the droves, all looking to get out on the water.

Newport harbor was at the intersection of significant forces that were rapidly changing the working waterfront i...

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Trade Stories: Three Generations In the Wheelhouse of a Tugboat

The blue-and-yellow tugs of Western Towboat are fixtures in the Seattle area. But harbor work on the West Coast is only a fraction of the company’s business. Its biggest job is freighting more than a billion pounds of goods each year to Alaska.

By Will Grant

The lifeline for Southeast Alaska begins in the Lower 48. Most of the coastal communities along the Last Frontier’s panhandle have exactly zero roads connecting them to the outside world. Which means that nearly everything (except fresh fish, native salmonberries, and a few other goods) must come by water, most of it packed in containers at a Seattle dock, stacked six-high on a barge, and towed north through the Inland Passage.

“That’s ho...Read More

Corey Forrest: Fishing Rhode Island

Corey Forrest: Fishing Rhode Island

As a little girl, I didn’t know I was going to grow up to be a fisherman, or follow in my father’s footsteps, and his father’s footsteps.  It was a man’s world at the dock of Sakonnet Point, no women working in sight. The faces of fishing, as I recall, were a blue-collar gang of burley, brutish men, unkept in their oilskins, fish scales hanging from their beards, and cigarettes dangling from their mouths. There was unfiltered grumbling of men sorting, weighing, boxing and icing, as the fish were shoveled off the boat onto a conveyor belt. Most hadn’t had a day off in forty days, were probably hungover, definitely in need of sleep, and completely indifferent about offending any passersby or f...

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