Why Fish, Part 1*

I have been fly fishing for just about 2 years, and within this particularly passionate world that means I am basically a beginner. Fortunately, I feel like a beginner, even in terms of understanding why I like to fish at all. Fishing is not an obviously fun thing to do: standing in a cold river, wearing practical but incredibly unflattering clothing, threading tiny pieces of nylon through tiny holes, tying lots of knots, rescuing snagged lines… Not to mention the

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What About Wyoming?

What do you think of when you think about Wyoming? Yellowstone, the Tetons, Jackson Hole, maybe the Wind Rivers? All of those exist in the western half of the state. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine the eastern side of Wyoming is nothing but a flat, icy blast of desolation. But what about the rest of that western half? Mountain biking (and camping) on Teton Pass is huge amounts of fun. The Tetons, Yellowstone and Wind Rivers are

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Fall camping in the Unitas

It’s finally desert season, right? Spring and fall are pretty much ideal in southern Utah: not too hot, not too cold. Maybe a puffy jacket at night, but probably you won’t need socks. Plus, the mountains are getting snow and rain, there is mud and the aspens have already turned. So, last weekend, we went to the mountains. The weather was grumpy with chilly temps, wind and clouds. But the sun felt glorious when it was around and there was

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Cows — Updated!

The West isn’t perfect, but life is full of trade-offs and I figure, at least when it comes to public land usage, that I win in the end. I don’t love that people go out on BLM land and shoot cans, signs, bottles, clay pigeons, etc., and then leave all the bullet, rifle and shotgun casings behind, along with the shredded detritus of what they shot. ATVs and other motorized noise-makers are not my favorite thing, especially if I am

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Southern Utah Trout Fishing

We have a history of exploring all of Southern Utah, but this time we were out looking for trout, which took us to even more new places. We had a few pointers from the internet and the fellas at Western Rivers, and we had our trusty, rather inaccurate but “field checked for accuracy” atlas. It’s been awhile since we visited Boulder, Utah, so we drove over Boulder Mountain (fall colors were off the hook!) and made our first stop at the Escalante

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