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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Gear Up for Bird Hunting

Gearing up for bird hunting! Orvis.com After a pretty slow start to my archery season that included some unseasonably warm weather, I decided to take a few days in the third week of October and switch gears.  Leaving my tree stand in late October isn’t easy and it takes a pretty attractive plan “B” to …

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2020 Walleye Season

The 2020 walleye season was one for the books. Not because of the fishing, but rather because of the seriously abbreviated season. Due to a worrying display of gross governmental overreach, the Michigan boating and fishing season, which usually kicks off at the beginning of April, was banned. Boating (with a motor?!?) and fishing with …

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Pro Tip – Bow Sights

Here’s a simple tip for a highly effective and simple to use rear sight for archery. Years ago while trying to decide on the best way to wring the utmost accuracy from my compound bows, and after watching friends struggle with a variety of solutions. I came up with a simple, trouble free method.  I …

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Steelhead on the Fly

Cold weather didn’t delay the Spring steelhead fishery for the 2020 season, but the Coronavirus did.  Most recreational fishing and all commercial fishing (guiding) was shut down through the peak of the steelhead run, throughout the Great Lakes region, and presumably throughout the rest of the world.  I was fortunate to plan a few trips …

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.350 Legend

A cartridge with a lot of buzz in the industry that seems to fit my needs for a medium sized, light and compact carbine.   Match Grade Machine in Utah has been my go to supplier for Custom barrels for my T/C Encore rifles (and pistols), for some time now, (Matchgrademachine.com). Their quality and consistency is …

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Alaska, Just One of the Last Frontiers

“There are great wild places all over the globe. Far more than the climate change panic-ers, animal rights nuts and radical political ecological activists would have you believe. Alaska is incredibly vast and wild, almost beyond comprehension. It has to be seen to be understood.  Understanding the vastness and primal wildness of Alaska is life-changing, …

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