Fall Fly Fishing
September 29, 2011, 12:56 pm
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While fall means the start of alot of things we love around here, one of the things we love the most is fall time brook trout fishing. And we figured what better way to get ready and inspired then some vintage fly imagery. This set of images comes courtesy of the classic publication, Trout Fisherman’s Digest by David Richey originally published in 1976.


If you want to see more, the rest of the collection is located here.

Poler Vibes
September 22, 2011, 7:22 pm
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The fine folks at Poler have been up to some good things for sometime now. First it was there excellent t-shirts and hats, then they stepped it up with The Man Tent and the appropriately titled Two Man Tent. I am  looking forward to whatever comes next from these guys. Anyways awhile ago I won a little contest via their blog and as the lucky winner I had this nice t-shirt and hat show up at my house a few weeks ago.

Both t-shirt and hat are of supreme quality, I cant say enough good things, and I can’t get enough camp vibes either. If you are not yet familiar with these dudes or there blog  I suggest you acquaint yourself. Thanks again Poler for the great stuff.

Charles Leander Weed
September 19, 2011, 8:04 pm
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Yosemite Valley from Mariposa Trail, Cleveland Museum of Art

Charles Leander Weed, an American photographer from upstate NY, was best known for being the first person to document what is now Yosemite National Park in photographs. In the summer of 1859 he traveled to Yosemite with James Hutchings, an entrepreneur and early promoter of Yosemite Valley. On this trip Weed captured the first images of Yosemite, which were exhibited in San Franciso and published in a book called Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California.

Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California, 1865. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Charles Leander Weed went on to travel and photograph Hong Kong, Hawaii, and the Far East. He did however return to Yosemite again to take photos with a friend and fellow photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge, who went on to develop a technique to use cameras to capture a moving image.

Eadweard Muybridge, photographed by Charles Leander Weed. 1872 in the Grant Mariposa Grove at Yosemite.

Stalking Trout
September 13, 2011, 8:35 pm
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While most anglers in the area still have their attention turned to wide rivers and smallmouth action, this weekend I had brook trout on the mind, and so I headed to a small stream in the mountains to stalk them. However this time of year catching brook trout can prove difficult. With water levels at their lowest, mountain streams are reduced to trickles, and brook trout become easily spooked and pretty skeptical of the fly no matter how well presented to them.

With water this low at times these fish find themselves stuck in small pools of water waiting for the next heavy rain to fill the steam beds and allow them to be freed. Approaching these pools as quietly as possible, slightly hunched over, one barely casts their line rather you gently place your fly in the current hoping you are lucky enough to convince one or two of them to get out of their cool holes for a meal.

Yeah, the fish might be small, but its always a good excuse to get out into the mountains for a bit.

September 7, 2011, 7:45 pm
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A bit over two years ago we posted here  about Lou Ureneck’s journey to build a cabin in rural Maine which he documented on a blog through the NY Times website. The construction of the cabin and the subsequent blog wrapped up sometime last year and now the full story of his experience has be read in a book he wrote appropriately called Cabin.

The cabin itself turned out beautiful however obviously there is a bit more to the story then simply the building of a cabin, like the opportunity to the reconnect with his brother, which he hints at in his final post on the times blog when he says, “It has been a gift to me in my 50’s to have spent a year with my brother in the woods, creating a space that we can return to, year after year, for fishing, talking or planning the next project.” I look forward to reading the book. For more up to date reports from the cabin deep in the wilds of Maine check out Lou’s blog here.

Sticking to the Union
September 6, 2011, 8:24 am
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Hope you had a good labor day, the ceremonial end of summer. However in the midst of beers and grilled meats maybe you thought a little about the contribution of laborers in this country…or just about how good your beer tastes.