There’s something about road trips for me. Maybe it’s my love of exploring new areas of the country and having plenty of time to listen to music that are enough to make me crave these experiences and get restless when it’s been a couple of weeks without one.
Last week I had the opportunity to go to Argentine Patagonia but opted instead to drive to Montana. (Seriously.) The reason was twofold: work on projects with a frequent collaborator, and get dialed behind the sticks on my raft.
All missions were accomplished beyond expectations. Got two days in on the Madison, and I have to say, rowing my raft on such an incredible river gave me a surge of excitement that was difficult to harness. Meanwhile, new projects emerged that I still can’t believe I am involved in.
As a bonus, I attended a talk in downtown Bozeman by world-renowned climber and mountaineer Conrad Anker. He gave a talk on climate change and gave me some perspective that is important to my own work in teaching about ecological justice and climate change. I also enjoyed a couple of conversations with Conrad — hopefully more on the way.
For me, every road trip seems to have a soundtrack emerge organically. Some highlights from this trip:
Widespead Panic — always a staple since my first Montana road trip several years ago
Hiss Golden Messenger — “Brother, Do You Know the Road” on repeat
The Sierra Club is calling for quick and easy action to make your voice heard in supporting protections of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We have to keep up the fight against this public lands grab.
From backcountry bull trout to grand slam pursuits in Costa Rica to battles with bluewater beasts in California, filmmaker Gilbert Rowley has been behind the camera for a number of impressive fly fishing films in recent years. In an episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast, Rowley discusses recent films and destination filmmaking.
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With the tax bill, Congress snuck in an attack on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now they are looking at a similar sneak attack on the treasured Tongass National Forest.
This unique ecosystem is nicknamed the “last salmon forest” and is home to beautiful lush rain forest, wild steelhead and salmon, and many animals. Deregulating the area would open it up to logging and other destruction that would be catastrophic.
After much anticipation, America’s Favorite Flies is now available.
This book is quite the accomplishment. After years of work, John Bryan and Rob Carter have brought together more than 200 anglers who have shared their favorite flies in a gorgeous 656 page book that is rich with images and testimonials about why each fly is a favorite. Contributors include everyone from President Jimmy Carter to Yvon Chouinard to yours truly. It’s certainly an honor to be part of this book, and as icing on the cake, the book benefits the James River Association and the Native Fish Society.
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The golden dorado of Tsimane in Bolivia attract anglers from all over the globe. In this episode of The Venturing Angler Podcast – sponsored by Nautilus Reels – Marcelo Pérez of Untamed Angling discusses jungle fly fishing for golden dorado at Tsimane.