Monday, November 9, 2009

Utah Water Guardians - Donate Button is LIVE!

Utah Water Guardians DONATE button is now LIVE!!

"Donate for (Recreational) Access and Use Utah! Fund"

Your support keeps ALL our gained recreational rights preserved

For more information on what you can do to help please visit

Hey.. wanna help get the word out?.... post this on your blog! Pass the word!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Featured_ in Fly FIsh Journal

The guys over at Fly Fish Journal plugged me in the tailgate section. Very humbling.

The new high-gloss paper print magazine has set the bar high in print publications. Finally, something out there that resembles an experience rather than another boring 'how to". If you a fan of Frequency or the Ski Journal its a another must have on the coffee table.

Check it out and order your subscription now, you won't be disappointed. For an extra $10 buck buy yourself the "gift subscription" and get a t-shirt.

Thanks you

Monday, September 14, 2009

Korkers_new site


The guys over at Korkers are really turning it up a notch. Check out the new site. I was lucky enough to make it onto the opening page as an angler.

My good friend Corey Kruitbosh captured this great image on out trip to Arizona...and wallah, he produced another winner that landed him up font and center......But what else would we except form CK anyhow. ; )

Corey's photography can been seen here -->

If you didn't already know, Korkers is producing some great new innovative products. 2010 is no exception.

The new rubber called Kling-On is out. Its sticky as hell. The toe and heel have a different density than the middle of the sole. It's a perfect match for use and abuse.

They also have a new Boot out, called the Predator. It's a fixed sole boot with your choice of felt or their new Kling-On rubber. I've been fortune enough to test these boots with the new rubber. I've beat them up all over gnarly terrain and have walked some serious miles throughout the West. It was an honor to provide feedback, while abusing the prototype process. I must say, I'm very pleased with the end results.

If you haven't tried them yet, go check out the Predator at your local shop, you'll see.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Published This is Fly

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Published article in This is Fly issue #19, “Mini Monsters”

Check it out on, This is Fly -->

My buddy Nick Granato and I collaborated in a joint venture in search of the Mormon cricket. We chased these big bugs around this past summer and enjoyed a fantastic experience. I must say it was actually mind blowing. Thanks to all that supplied the information, without you guys this would have never been possible… you know who you are, we humbly appreciate the help.

Jesse over at Rainy’s flies was kind enough to supply the bugs for the trip. If you’re not familiar with their awesome innovative patterns, I’d suggest you take a look, you won’t be disappointed.

Rainy’s flies -->

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fiberglass rod and Small Streams


Nick and I hit a small local stream. We took some time to slow down a bit after the last few months of a ‘go, go, go’ mentality. We both looked forward to casting tiny rods to hungry fish.

It was a balmy mid 70’s with partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of a drizzle, a perfect day to fish. An old memory returned as I touched the rod case. I unsheathed the little yellow fiberglass rod as I thought about our distant brother Mark. This rod had traveled from Japan into my hands for a birthday gift what seems to be so long ago. From there a few memories over the last 4 years brought a smile to my face. Nick and I will usually swap a story of two and reminisce on the past.

We found some adult Green drakes, what a coincidence since the maiden voyage of this rod started with the same insect. This little rod seemed to be equipped with some good karma. We swapped turns after each landed fish as we made our way up steam.

Surprisingly there were a lot snakes out. One in particular was caught up in Nick’s fly-line. Nick was casting near a log jam when upon shooting the line forward a snake fell from the line onto hit boots. It somehow slithered on the line at that exact second. It scared the hell of us both, it was pretty funny. There were many snakes out that day, pone spot had over a half dozen.

The weather man was somehow right today as we did encounter a few brief rain drops. The sun would come out right after and this same scenario repeated itself during the day. The bugs sure liked it the weather, they stayed out right through the afternoon

It was a great day of tossing dry flies, talking story and catching snakes.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cutthroat and Me

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I've always enjoyed searching for Cutthroat Trout. Even when I was a small water rat these guys were my favorite. I suppose its the eagerness of the fish to take your fly at that age where the entertainment factor is a top priority. As I grew older I feel in love with the colors, the shape and the curious face they possessed... much different that the other trout. Then it happened, one day I realized the places they live are sensitive, precious and remote. It finally dawned on me, over the years my search brought me deeper and deeper into the backcountry. Then one day we found it. Here hidden amongst the bustling ATV trails sits that tiny slice of heaven I've always been searching for. On the beaten path BUT tucked out of the lime light sits a sanctuary.

Each Year I try to visit these old friends. It's also a place where the one we call "Yoda" loves so dearly. Each year we return to our master baring photographs of his old friends so he might gaze upon them as he once did. You see Yoda isn't as agile as he used to be and his memory, although still sharp as a tack, still faded in some small way.

This image is how I view these Colorado Cutthroat Trout. I know I might have post processed them a bit more than I should have [rookie here] I so think of them as powerful, mysterious, calm and curious.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Published_TROUT Magazine summer 2009

As I mentioned before, this month has treated me exceptionally kind... I know its bound to end but wow, another humbling moment. TROUT magazine [Trout Unlimited] ran three of my images.

Again I was shocked to see my fin shot grace the words of a fish icon, a fish defender. I'm really glad the fin images are getting used. I've tried to shoot these as I like the shapes, detail and fish they come from. I've
learned that all fins are not alike, some mimic others but the separation is in the small quite details. I have been working on more fin shots, when the time is right I'll post them up.

If your not receiving TROUT magazine its because your not a subscriber. If you've never seen it before its because the magazine is just one of the many benefits to donating to Trout Unlimited. This alone is worth it!Its also available for downloads, in PFD or e-zine

Check it out
LINK ---> Magazine
LINK ---> Site
LINK --->blog

The bottom angler image is of Ralphy AKA Nate Miller. Nate is a stick and then some. I've heard some folks say he is a myth, others say there is no such person BUT here "Ralphy" was seen wrangling hogs on the Teton River. Again, I climbed the rattler infested terrain and perched myself waiting for unsuspecting anglers. I wanted to capture a raw image, one that's NOT a set-up shot, not a barby [bar-b-q] shot, its unaltered real time fun.

Original Images [Ralphy's image went missing, all I can find is this tiny cropped shot]