• Come by it Honestly: Born into Bull Riding, by Sam Raetz
  • Wilderness, a River, and My Old Man, by Peter Hall
  • Blue Heron Lodge, Forks, WA
  • Westland Distillery: Seattle's source for single malt whiskey
 
   
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Montauk Brewing Company

Montauk Brewing Company


This spring I made the drive from New York City to the beach town of Montauk. The 120-mile drive took three hours and spanned the entire length of Long Island—long island indeed. As I drove due east, I saw shop and restaurant proprietors cleaning windows, painting facades, and readying themselves for the crush of summer tourists and beachgoers who in a few short weeks would swell the population of these small towns by a factor of ten.

I’d only once before been to Montauk, a small hamlet on the very easterly tip of the peninsula, often called “the End of the World.” I was familiar with the buzz about the place. It’s known for its beaches and strong Atlantic surf—a fishing community that was fi...

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Secret of the Sandhills: The Niobrara National Scenic River


Growing up in Nebraska, I quickly became privy to the longstanding joke that my home state offered nothing more than cornfields and pivots. Like clockwork, anytime I ventured outside the state line I was met with a tongue-in-cheek comment about Nebraska’s landscape or lack thereof. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I began to buy into this ill-informed rhetoric during my earlier years. It wasn’t so much that I thought Nebraska wasn’t a beautiful place, but that it wasn’t as beautiful as other states. And how could it be? Colorado and Wyoming have mountains. California and South Carolina, oceans. Maine and Oregon, vast, expansive forests. Montana and Idaho are breathtaking in endless ways. For far...

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Brown Trout of New Zealand

Brown Trout of New Zealand


Jack Kos is a self-described Kiwi trout bum. What began as a passion for fishing soon developed into a desire to know more about the fish he sought. That pursuit led Jack to dive deep into the rivers and the history books as he wrote his dissertation and earned a PhD in history on the introduction of Brown Trout in New Zealand.

It’s a simple act to present a fly twenty feet. An act most of us could accomplish with eyes closed and a hand tied behind our back. One we’ve done a thousand times without ever questioning its difficult, and yet, presented with a twenty-six inch brown trout sporadically nosing the surface in water so clear you can count the spots on its flanks the simplicity of the ca...

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Come by It Honestly: Born into Bull Riding


Rodeo culture is often synonymous with small-town America: Everyone knows everyone, a strong work ethic is the norm, and more often than not, children pursue the same profession as their parents. The more time spent around the bucking chutes, the more apparent it becomes that bull riding is as vital to a family’s lineage as their last name. For better or worse, it’s who they are.

At first glance, the life of a professional bull rider seemingly comes down to the eight seconds they spend [hopefully] atop two thousand pounds of muscle and rage; however, it’s more complex than that. For the cowboys who are serious about making a name for themselves, it’s their commitment to the grinding lifestyle...

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Wilderness, a River, and My Old Man

Wilderness, a River, and My Old Man


Peter Hall and his father set out on a Yukon Moose hunt, by way of canoe, into the remote reaches of the Alaskan wilderness. The time they shared on the river reminded them both that the glory of adventure is found far beyond the kill.

At one in the morning the aurora fills the sky.  The remaining hour drive to Eagle, Alaska, puts us so far north that the bands of aurora ripple on a sharp curve around the pole.  The bathroom break takes twenty minutes as my dad and I gaze at the purple and green piano-key ribbons.  The overland portion of our journey will end in Eagle, but it will not be tonight, or tomorrow night.

My dad and I prefer to do things on our own.  I do not know if it is the freedo...

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Blue Heron Lodge: Forks, WA

Blue Heron Lodge: Forks, WA


“I love teaching folks how to appreciate the water; the ruggedness and beauty of the river are something special. I like to share with people a means by which they can experience these places. A drift boat and a fly rod are just my preferred means. Passing on some of my knowledge to my clients, sharing a boat and good conversation… that’s why I do it.”

Larry Ford has been guiding fishermen on the Olympic Peninsula since 2004, but his love for fishing the rivers of coastal Washington was born long before that. Raised into the family rock quarry business in Sonoma, California, Larry has spent a lot of time around loud trucks and equipment. It makes since then that when asked what his favorite a...Read More

Westland Distillery: Seattle's Source for Single Malt Whiskey


Seattle's Westland Distillery has made a name for itself by focusing on creating spirits that are a representation of it's Pacific Northwest roots. While much of whiskey in America trends towards corn-based bourbon, Westland has chosen to work with barley, a crop that is tradiontionaly grown in the PNW.  That barley, combined with the climate and water quality of the region, have lended themselves to making award-winning single malt whiskey.  While still using many of the old world processes of distillation, Westland is not out to recreate Scotch whiskey, but instead to make a spirit that helps to define and expand what is possible for American single malt whiskey.


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The Need for Wild Places

The Need for Wild Places


Filson’s content manager Craig Francis shares some thoughts on the value of getting into the wilderness and how Backcountry Hunters & Anglers supports the right for all Americans to do the same.

Filson HQ is, and has long been, in Seattle, Washington. We are a company rich with PNW tradition and have been supplying people for outdoor pursuits and work of all kinds for well over 100 years. The landscape of Seattle has changed drastically over the course of our company’s history and we find ourselves at the center of a booming city – one of the fastest-growing cities in the country over the last decade. While we are proud to call Seattle home, we do realize that time away from the city is cruci...Read More

A Normal Life

Living the life that you love does not shield you from loss. Fishing the remote waters of Alaska’s Alagnak River is a dream job for Russell Owen, but that dream has come at a cost. The life of a guide is not a normal life, but what he has learned from fishing has shaped him into the man he has become.



Video for Filson by Josh Fletcher

Life of a Guide




Alaska's Alagnak River is a place where there are no roads. A place where the weather does what it wants. A place where humans are no longer the apex predator. The life of a guide on this river is one of resourcefulness, persistence, and dedication.

Video by Josh Fletcher for Filson.

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