Smelt Dip Netting on the Cowlitz River

 Posted by on February 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Feb 072016
 
Smelt Dip Netting on the Cowlitz River

                      A few friends and I went to the Cowlitz River near Castle Rock, WA yesterday to try our hand at catching smelt. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife set a one-day (actually 7AM to 1PM) season for dip netting for smelt. I’ve been […]

Oct 312015
 
First Pacific NW Chanterelle Mushroom Harvest!

  I’ve been interested in mushroom hunting for a long time but haven’t acted on it until now. Fall, as all good NW fishermen know, is prime time for salmon fishing and everything else is secondary. But I finally decided to learn mushrooming this fall. Many mushroom experts recommend that newbies start with the Pacific NW chanterelle, […]

Trout Fishing at Leech Lake, WA

 Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 11:57 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Jul 012015
 
Trout Fishing at Leech Lake, WA

The heat wave in Western WA over the past couple of weeks has put a damper on trout fishing in the lowlands so many fishermen are looking to the hills for cooler waters. Leech Lake near Mt. Rainier, a high altitude flyfishing only lake, is one of my favorite lakes because of the scenery, prolific […]

Jun 152015
 
Epic Views and Day on Mt. St. Helen's Climb June 2015

Few words can adequately describe my ascent of Mt. St. Helen’s this weekend. Grandeur? The missing north end of the mountain and growing dome in the crater convey the powerful destruction and renewal of nature. Gratefulness? The heart-pumping hours of effort it took to scale this mountain makes me grateful that I still have a […]

Early Spring is Blooming in Seattle

 Posted by on February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am  Outdoors, Photos  No Responses »
Feb 222015
 
Early Spring is Blooming in Seattle

While much of the Northeastern and Midwestern US has been bombarded with snow and ice storms, we’ve had a very mild winter in the Seattle area this season. The highs have been in the 50s and even 60s off and on for the past couple of weeks. The sun–long forgotten by most Seattleites during the winter–has […]

Jumbo Rainbow Trout at Beaver Lake

 Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Nov 132014
 
Jumbo Rainbow Trout at Beaver Lake

  My 5 wt. Redington fly rod  got quite the workout last week after Beaver Lake received several truckloads of jumbo trout. Except when fishing in British Columbia lakes, my  rod seldom gets severely tested and bent over by a rainbow trout. But these fat Beaver Lake trout, averaging 3 pounds each, can easily snap […]

Redmond Watershed Preserve Hike

 Posted by on October 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Oct 142014
 
Redmond Watershed Preserve Hike

Here are some photos from my hike in the Redmond Watershed Preserve the other day with my daughter and her friends. There’s a decent network of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians although we saw mostly trail runners that day. All the trails are wide, level, and well maintained and great for small kids. […]