Last year, I was invited by the folks at Orvis to participate in the Go Outside Festival at their tent. The event, which started in 2011, is aimed at representing all of the outdoor recreation activities available in the region. It has taken off, to say the least.
Recently, I met up with Heather Hutzler of Daytime Blue Ridge. It’s a live local show hosted by Heather and Natalie Faunce about entertainment and lifetstyle in Southwest Virginia. Let me say that again. Live. I’m okay with interviews and such, but they’ve historically been taped and edited. Never live. So when I got the […]
I just received a bottle of Loon Flow from Hareline Dubbin. It’s Loon’s newest offering in their UV Clear Fly Finish lineup. I just happened to be in the middle of an order that included zebra midges and thought I’d try it out on them. I typically use Clear Cure Goo Hydro for these little […]
Day 4… Up to this point, breakfast had consisted of bacon and eggs or breakfast bars. But as you may remember, the day before we were blessed with a nice pile of dungeness crabs. Yep, that’s right. Garry, who by the way got his start in the restaurant industry, made something I’d never experienced before. I’m […]
Day 3 of the Healing Towers trip began with the same terrifying motor wake-up. I was slightly more prepared this time. We made our way to the coffee maker as Garry continued his many tasks, moving around like a squirrel gathering nuts. After everything was set up, we threw out a couple crab pots, hopped in […]
The noise almost knocked me on the floor. I hadn’t jumped outta bed that bad since Iraq. You see, my bunk was directly under the anchor motor. You wanna talk about a loud noise… It was 5 something and Garry had already been setting things up for the morning. Did I mention he’s a machine?
It was a vision Garry Morfit had been obsessing over for some time. The Vietnam vet had served his country with honor, but he wanted to keep giving. After learning of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in 2006, he knew it was the gateway organization he would use for his vision. He started planning how […]
While I was at Walter Reed, I met all kinds of people. Some I lost touch with as we do in life, and some I continue to keep in contact with. Chances are, if they fly fish or hunt, I still see them. Such is the case with Ferris Butler. Ferris is a grunt like […]
This past weekend I went up to Northern Virginia to link up with my really good friend Ed Felker. We had planned an evening kayaking on the Potomac River and then a full day float with our friend William Heresniak of Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing. Ed is the man behind all the DDF logos, but […]
There are plenty of strike indicators out there. Some people like them, some people (purists) won’t be caught dead with them. I tend to not use them usually for several reasons. That being said, I fish for relaxation and the rush that comes from the moment you know there’s a fish to the moment you […]
In the days we first inhabited the New World, we learned how Native Americans practiced resourcefulness of their environments to the fullest. For instance, they would use a harvested deer for the meat, the deerskin for clothing, and the bones and antlers for tools. This was a great way of being resourceful, but also giving […]
A couple years ago, I heard about this event in our county called the Botetourt County Annual Fishing Carnival. The joint event is mainly coordinated by the Botetourt County Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. In a nutshell, the event consists of an afternoon of free fishing related […]