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Cast Hope: Share What You Love

Cast Hope: Share What You Love

Cast Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on providing kids in the Northern California community with the gift of the outdoors. Bringing youth and mentors together outside through the sport of fly fishing. On the latest Filson Life, Hogan Brown of Cast Hope shares with us his love of fly fishing and dedication to fostering an environment where kids can become stewards of the outdoors.



I can’t remember the first time I set foot in a river and I can’t remember the first fish I caught on a fly rod. What I can remember is always being drawn to water. Creek, pond, river, lake, or stream I found something in them and around them that life other places didn’t offer. Fly Fishing has always been t...

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Experience the Wild: Fly Fishing in the Frank Church Wilderness

On November 21st, 2016, we launched the Filson Experience the Wild Contest. Participants were asked to choose one out of four expereinces for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime for themselves and a guest of their choice. Thousands of entries and twenty-one days later, we announced the winner of the Filson Expereince the Wild Contest: Jim Hubert.

Jim and his brother Justin worked with us to plan an unforgettable trip to Idaho. A few months later, they were off to Mackay Bar Ranch for a weekend of fly fishing and horseback riding through the rugged terrain of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. While exploring the Nations second largest contiguous federally managed wilderness...

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Season Reflection: The Winter Hunt

Season Reflection: The Winter Hunt

As the first weeks of spring begin to awaken familiar landscapes, the days of crisp fall air and winter hunts are over. On the latest Filson Life, Nashville-based photographer Yve Assad and writer Will Fulford reflect on past seasons in anticipation for the next.



Hunting is a southern tradition, a rite of passage.  Marksmanship and gun safety are taught through the irons sights of a BB gun on empty cans and the occasional house sparrow that lingers a bit too long. Yep, a boy and his BB gun are pretty much king of the world as he sees it.  You progress through the various small game, squirrels and rabbits, until you graduate to big game.  For most in the South, that means whitetail deer.  

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How Not to Sink a Barge of Cargo: An Interview with Tugboat Captain Neil McGourty



Like any ocean freighting job, delivering freight to Southeast Alaska requires a thorough knowledge of the local weather and the peculiarities of the sea routes traveled. The northeast corner of the Pacific Ocean is no exception. With its narrow channels and abundance of fog, the convoluted coastline has long been a maritime graveyard.

As told to Will Grant

Neil McGourty, 34, a captain for Western Towboat, has been driving tugs between Seattle and Southeast Alaska for the past five years. As part of Western’s twice-a-week barge service, he delivers containerized cargo to Ketchikan, Juneau, and other coastal towns that rely on marine shipping routes for everything that can’t be flown in.

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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.

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Lady Liberty: Inside the Heart of the Runaway

On the latest Filson Life, writer Emily Wittenhagen traveled to Port Orchard, WA and spent the day with Liberty Elias Miller to find out more about live-aboard life in Washington's marinas. 




“There was this moment where everything almost went into slow motion and I was thinking, I’m really here. This is really it. I am really doing everything I have dreamed of since I was a tiny girl, and I’m not even scared.”


Liberty and I are in the wheelhouse at the top of the M/V Liseron, and she has me gripped in the middle of a story about fighting Tunisian bluefin poachers in the Mediterranean Sea. Then it starts to hail. For a moment the non-stop conversation we’ve been having for the past three hours ...

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Trade Stories: The Blue-Collar Bastion of Ballard, WA



For 71 years, the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard has been building and repairing ships to face some of the toughest seas in the world. Today, it’s a maritime holdout in a waterfront culture that’s quickly changing.

The sea has no back door. That’s what the shipwrights at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard say, and it means that when your ass is on the line in the Pacific Ocean, there’ll be no place to run and hide. The best that you can hope for in that situation is that you’ve done a damned-thorough job of looking after your boat, of being fully sure that every inch of her has received the attention it needs. Because hanging in the balance of due diligence when facing an angry ocean is nothing to be tri...Read More

2017 Phases of the Moon: Filson Lunar Calendar


The pure lunar calendar has twelve synodic months. Many early societies adopted this as a unit of time, enabling them to plan and reflect more effectively.

Track the daily positions of the moon with the 2017 Phases of the Moon: Filson Lunar Calendar. 

Click the button below to print your own. 

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Excerpt from Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

"The tide is long gone. In a few hours the moon will dip below the western horizon, and just as the last of it disappears, the sun will rise in the opposite direction. During the days of full moon, the sun and moon are aligned but on opposite sides of the earth; during new moon, they are al...
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Trade Stories: A School for the World’s Toughest Underwater Jobs

The Divers Institute of Technology is one of the premier commercial dive schools in the country. For the past 49 years it’s been churning out graduates from its headquarters on Seattle’s Lake Union to tackle some of the most demanding work in the water. 

By Will Grant


Diving in radioactive water presents a unique set of challenges. The trick is to avoid contact with any of the microscopic bits of irradiated material that could stunt a family tree. But every nuclear power plant in the world needs a lot of water—some as much as 1 billion gallons per day—to both generate steam and to absorb the heat produced by splitting atoms.

As the plants log the years and megawatts, their massive cooling tanks...

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Trade Stories: An Interview with Conservation Canines



In the freshly snow-blanketed Pack Forest of Eatonville, Washington, we spent the day with the team at Conservation Canines exploring the facility they call “home base.” The dogs at Conservation Canines are not your typical pets, with their intense drive to play often misunderstood as stubbornness. The biologists at Conservation Canines harness this energy by using the dogs strong sense of smell and retrieval skills to non-invasively collect scat from endangered animals, sniff out toxins and find specimens easily overlooked by the human eye. Dogs that may have been once unfit as pets now rehabilitate ecosystems.

We sat down with Conservation Canines Lead Instructor and Director of Field Opera...Read More

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