• Filson 101: Bird Dog Training with Ruggs Ranch
  • Filson 101: Wesley Larson's Guide to Safety in Bear Country
  • Celebrating our Partners: Explore the Wickett & Craig Tannery
  • Filson 101: Campfire Cooking with Tipton Power
  • Celebrating Filson Father's with Jillian Lukiwski
  • Chasing Wild Winter Steelhead with Russell Miller from Sage Fly Fishing
  • Life as a Merchant Marine with John Dunaway
  • Aboard the F/V Arctic Lady: Self-Sufficiency on the High Seas
  • Trade Stories: Phillip Lee McGinnis, Sublette County Cowboy
  • A story about an all women's upland bird hunting trip and a common desire to live a life connected told by Hannah Dewey.
  • Hunting in the Olympic National Forest

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.  

At ...

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If They Ain't Wavin'

If They Ain't Wavin'

“There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.”

Gary Snyder

There have always been lumberjack poets, dock-worker musicians and truck-driver landscape artists. Hell, I started taking photos and writing when I worked in the shipyard. My friends Brad and Dan grew up playing music together, rambling around in dented cars to bars and basements through the creative seasons of their young lives. In our home-town this meant not working in the shipyard, which meant a question mark where your future career sh...

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Working with the Land: Samantha Bradford

She’s up before the sun every day. She rides an old dirt bike out to the pasture to wrangle horses and guide them into the red wood corrals at headquarters. By moonlight, she catches her horse – using nothing but patience and the bond she’s developed from hundreds of hours in the saddle. Her hands are soft yet tough like leather, a telltale sign of her untiring work ethic. She’s not a cowgirl or rancher like you’d see on TV. She’s calm, quiet, sweet, calculated, strong, and steadfast. She’s seasoned from years on horseback and countless hours studying the rhythms of the natural world in which she lives, works and leans on. She’s fit, pulls more than her weight and is a staple.

Her name’s Sam...

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Ranchlands: Conservation. Stewardship. Cattle.

For Duke Phillips, it’s not about getting the most beef in a year. It’s about conservation, working in harmony with nature to raise healthy land for a strong herd. For generations.

At Ranchlands, his Colorado-based, family-run ranching and land management company, Phillips oversees 300,000 acres of land. Phillips, known as Big Duke, would be a dead ringer for Sam Elliott if Sam Elliott had a better mustache. He doesn’t own the land, but he knows it better than anyone. He manages land for the Colorado State Land Board, Nature Conservancy and other private land owners on a multi-decade basis. It’s his to manage and steward. With help.
To start, there’s Duke Phillips IV – Little Duke to his fri...

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Way of Life: Westcott Bay Shellfish Co.

Erik and Andrea Anderson greet us like old friends as we walk onto their dock stretching out into Westcott Bay off San Juan Island in Washington. As at any family-run farm, their hands-on approach is obvious at first glance. Andrea sets down her pressure washer and takes a break from the farm chores with Erik to show us around.

The clouds hang low and the stormy sky begins to gently rain.

The shellfish farm nestles in a vibrant green nook tucked inside Westcott Bay — an ideal location for shellfish growth, with a nearby creek flowing into the bay freshening the water and helping algae thrive.

Andrea and Erik’s passion for their unique natural resource is infectious. Walking us through the proce...

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Trade Stories: Kiliii Yuyan of Seawolf Kayak

Seattle-based kayak-builder and photographer, Kiliii Yuyan, spends much of his time either paddling the waters of the Pacific Northwest or documenting indigenous communities of the North. His skills are helping to return traditional knowledge of the skin-on-frame kayak and umiaq to the first builders. On the latest Filson Life, Kiliii Yuyan of Seawolf Kayak shares with us his journey towards preserving Nanai heritage on the water.  

Story by Kiliii Yuyan

Something bumped my kayak from behind. Bump. More like nudged. Nudge.

I turned around as best as I could in my seat and watched as an orca calf nudged the boat again. Then it rolled into the water and darted under me. I could feel the pressure...

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Bringing Fish to the River with Chef Kevin Davis

For Seattle chef Kevin Davis of Steelhead Diner and his crew of charismatic anglers known as the “Good Guys," catching fish on the river is seen as a plus, but being out in nature with close friends is what really matters. 

Over the last decade, Kevin, Steve Joyce, and Mark Kane have spent time together on rivers like the Yakima, camping, cooking, and helping each other through the joyous times as well as the tough. When they’re out in nature, Kane relates that “the weight of the day, or the month, or the year, is lifted. As soon as you step in the water, you’re cleansed.” 

I join the Good Guys as they put in at Umptanum on a warm gray day, a few casts are made alongside jokes and the swift-mo...
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Forging Ahead: A Conversation with Jimmy DiResta

On the latest Filson Life, photographer Brian-William Green shares a rare look inside Jimmy DiResta's workspace located in the Lower East Side. DiResta has been part of the growing neighborhood since 1994. Firsthand seeing the city change as his operation revolved through storefronts around downtown Manhattan. 

In anticipation of the upcoming Filson NYC: Mallet Making and Whiskey Event with Jimmy DiResta, we sat down with the New York based artist and master builder, discussing everything from everything from his Youtube channel to working on bringing his Manhattan studio to the Catskills in Upstate New York.  

Interview by Michael Murphy 
Photography by Brian-William Green 

Murphy: How did this...

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Risk & Resilience: The Language of Horses

Story by Jainee Dial of WYLDER
Photography by Abbi and Callen Hearne

There is a secret language that exists between horses and humans. Voices hold no value, and there is instead, a palpable yet quiet communication between animal and rider. Volumes of silent dialogue are conveyed through body language.

As prey animals, horses are constantly on guard for predators. Given the choice, they would always rather run than fight. This is not a learned behavior; evolution has provided them with this instinct. If something scares them, they try to leave and will only fight if they are cornered and have no other option.

Fight or flight.

We all know this dilemma and I have been playing out these two options i...Read More

Story by Lindsey Elliott of WYLDER
Photography by Abbi and Callen Hearne 

Over the last two years, I’ve spent the majority of my time pursuing uncertainty in the mountain west. From the time I got my first fly rod, eight months passed along the rivers of Montana, Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho before I caught a single fish. I’ve stalked through the Wasatch Mountains of Utah in search of Mule Deer, walked the fields of Kansas trying to kick up birds, traversed the slopes behind my grandparents house stalking turkeys with my bow, and have forayed into business by starting a company for the modern outdoorswoman, called Wylder. The only thing left predictable is the five minutes eve...

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