Category Archives: Gear

Sleeping Warmly in the Backcountry

Big Agnes Yock 0 Sleeping Bag and AXL Air Pad I don’t discount the ingenuity and value of sleeping bags with integrated pads, but it’s also nice to have some insulation below your body and the Yock 0 traditional mummy … Continue reading

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Fishing the Backcountry? Big Agnes Tent Serves Well

If you haven’t been up in the high country, or far back on a trout stream this summer, you’re running out of time. Realize, some of the best fishing experiences aren’t found while riding down one of the major rivers … Continue reading

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Best Travel Dog Bowls

Got the new pup in February, right before the virus hit, which means I had good timing. Can’t go anywhere? What better than to hike with a new dog? Of course, getting a new dog meant getting all the accoutrements … Continue reading

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Fish Cheap-Ass Fly Reels

Hatch Gen 2 Finatic Fly Reel I grew up in an artist’s family, so when we spent on outdoor equipment it was all about the essentials and price point. I rarely got what I wanted, but I did get the … Continue reading

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Orvis DRIRELEASE Review: Maybe The Best Fly-Fishing Shirt You’ll Ever Own

Since I’m not playing the affiliate marketing game (right now) you can at once call me crazy and a guy who writes honest gear reviews. If you are not familiar with affiliate marketing, it’s a system in which one business … Continue reading

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Best Coffee For Fly Fishing: Early Riser Makes Its Case

You can find and buy good coffee almost anywhere these days, by the cup or the bag. Grocery store, retail coffee chain, online . . . caffein is everywhere and I’m a sucker for it, too. I prefer not to … Continue reading

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Best Offroad Tires for Hunting and Fishing

Summer is here and that means fall is quickly to come, and most of us will be out on the land fishing and hunting through it all. We may be restricted to our home waters and state borders—for the most … Continue reading

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Review: Loon Camo Drop Sinkers Get Down To Big Fish

I’m not sure how excited a guy or gal should be about split shot, but I think I’ve found my split-shot solution: Loon’s Camo Drops are made of tin, not lead (meaning they are non-toxic), they come in a variety … Continue reading

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Best Danner Hiking Boots for the Trail and the Street

I don’t like unboxing videos. And I don’t like reviews of products that simply announce their availability. That’s the easy way out. And I’ve done it when there’s no choice but to include products in a themed list of say, … Continue reading

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Fine Sticks for Sale

I am trying to make my life a little easier these days and part of that equation is handing off some of my gear so that I can make room to try some new items. Over the years I’ve accumulated … Continue reading

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