a rifle for high places

A rifle for the high places

Am I a gun nut? I don’t know.  Non-hunters or shooters would say I was, but they almost never get anything right when comes to guns, shooting or hunting.  I do admit to having a bit of an obsession with great gear, lightweight gear, great design and construction in any gear, whether it be designed for shooting, …

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Five fly-fishing rods with a tape measure showing length


I’m a fly fisherman. I’ve been a fly fisherman for over 45 years. As such, I gravitate towards that tradition. Years ago, when I first discovered Tenkara fly fishing, I was perhaps, a little dismissive, a bit amused, but in general, not overly intrigued. Why would I consider wasting my time on this goofy, less …

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Torso of main in turquoise shirt wearing Simms waders

Simms G3 Guide waders and boots

If you’re a serious and avid fly-fisher, you’ll likely know the name Simms – Simmsfishing.com.  You’ll also likely know that wader quality matters, because you’ve also probably had waders that didn’t live up to your expectations if you’ve been at it for a while. I’ve been fly-fishing, and wading in lakes and rivers long enough to …

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Raptor bow and arrow placed on a boulder

Raptor from Simon’s Bow Company

A modern interpretation of the traditional Asian Horse bow.  What are horse bows you ask? Well, it’s a broad term that generally covers many different types and sub-styles of bows that were common in Eastern Europe and Asia. If we can for this discussion, we’ll exclude various bow styles from Native American tribes, many of …

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Muck Boot Company Artic Ice knee-high boot and the ankle high Outscape Chelsea waterproof slip on shoe

Muck Boots Product Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying out two new products from the Muck Boot Company. The Artic Ice knee-high boot and the ankle high Outscape Chelsea waterproof slip on shoe.  Two very worthy products.  Muck is well known for their high quality neoprene barn and hunting boots.  Muck has been a top provider of …

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hand hold fish

South Fork Trout Fishing

Something told me we were in for a whale of a day of fishing, as we readied the drift-boat near the ramp of the Snake River in eastern Idaho. Across the pavement crawled a salmonfly the size of a chubby, winged golf tee. One creepy-crawly insect was followed by another and another. They flitted about, …

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Mirage Reel

The Reel Deal – Orvis Mirage

Fishing reels come in many different styles, types and sizes. They’re available in just about any color, price point and quality level. Whether for casting, spinning, trolling, deep sea fishing or fly-fishing, there is a dizzying selection, and features, proper application and costs can be tough to figure out. High price points used to be …

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OregunSmithing Carbon Fiber Stock for Howa Mini Action

A Major Upgrade for Howa Mini

For anyone that has read this column before, you may recall our review of the Howa 1500 Mini-action bolt gun in 6.5 Grendel.  It’s a great rifle in its relatively low price point.  Metalwork is good, as is accuracy.  Overall it’s a great value, it’s a great design and it’s a light handy gun. About …

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Orvis Mission Switch Rod

Orvis Mission Switch Rod

Product review Spring steel-heading is a lifelong passion that I look forward to as much as any other fishing or hunting activity.  For steelhead, fly-fishing is my tonic and I guess I’ve tried just about every sub-category in fly-fishing in order to catch steelhead.  From Alaska, the pacific Northwest and all around the Great Lakes …

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