A Resolution
December 31, 2010, 11:43 am
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The WildWood has only one resolution this year, and I’d kindly suggest this as a resolution to everyone else as well, and that is to actually spend more time outdoors then less time simply reading about the outdoors. Happy New Year all.

Happy Winter/Holidays
December 23, 2010, 7:10 pm
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Happy winter solstice and holidays from The Wildwood. Have a grand one and make sure to leave some footprints in the snow.

Field Tested : Stanley Flask
December 20, 2010, 7:32 pm
Filed under: Angling, Field Tested

Recently I was gifted a new Stanley Classic Flask by my wife for the holidays. I had been talking about it for sometime and when the package came from Campmor I had a hunch as to what it was.

Aside from swigging bourbon from it around my house I decided to take it out with me this weekend when I went flyfishing. While there isn’t much “testing” involved for a flask, I must say it did perform flawlessly on my outing. The flask, which I threw in my chest pack, did not spill a drop of precious bourbon while wading. And when I wanted a sip to keep my spirits lifted the flask delivered its tasty contents with no drips.

The final verdict on the Classic Flask from Stanley, well lets just say it gets is that it gets a seal of approval from The Wildwood. (For whatever that is worth)


An Orvis Holiday
December 15, 2010, 7:42 am
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If you are still looking for gifts this year, perhaps consulting these vintage Orvis catalogs might be of help.

These catalog covers are just a few from a great collection of scanned pages from old Orvis catalogs found here.

Happy Holidays from WildWood.

A Sportsman’s Wilderness

The Sportsman’s Wilderness is a collection of selected articles and images from the magazine The American Sportsman, an outdoor publication that was printed in the 1970’s. The book provides a look into the world of the “sportsman” from this generation.

The stories in the book, “convey the almost mystical exhilaration that can be experienced in the wilderness, and emotion well and fully understood by mountain men and Indians who gazed into the mist hovering above white water. It is an emotion akin to the Indian’s spiritual visions, and one forgotten by, or unknown to, people caught up in getting and spending, or in bracing themselves against urban tensions.” –Excerpt from the introduction by Robert Elman.

Robert Elman goes on in the introduction to describe the nature of outdoor sports writing at the time,:”For several years a quiet revolution has been taking shape in writing about hunting, fishing, wilderness camping, packing-in by foot or horse, canoeing, and allied outdoor activities. Experts in these pursuits have been turning away from simplistic “how-to” articles on baiting hooks or leading ducks, and conducting far more instructive, incisive explorations of the wild world in which sportsmen and their quarry exist.

The rest of the images can be found here.

December 8, 2010, 8:55 pm
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Moormans River
December 7, 2010, 8:01 pm
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This past weekend I was able to get out and do some early winter fly fishing on the headwaters of the Moormans River. The section I fished is a less than idylic setting but because it is stocked a few times a year by the local Trout Unlimited chapter you are sure to catch some beautiful rainbows.

The water was frigid and the fish happy to entertain these peach colored woolly buggers I was throwing them. Even though the fish were biting the cold got to me and I took off after just a few hours knowing there would be more days of winter trout fishing ahead.