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DMas Flies–Bennett Springs Staples

In order to fish for trout, we used to have to drive 2.5 hours to Bennett Springs State Park and Trout Hatchery.  Dustin and I spent many fantastic, albeit tiring, days at Bennett.  Our routine would consist of getting up around 230 or 300 so we could arrive in time for the horn.  We’d be… Read more »

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Numb Legs and Chilly Fish

While I studiously sat in lab last night, the boys went out to fish. (I’m not at all envious…)  They braved the cold and the wind to hook into some brownies on the Poudre.  Their dedication paid off as a few came to the net.  The Prince struck again, and the Lazy Boys were anything… Read more »

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DMas Flies–Takahashi’s Class

Dustin had the opportunity to learn from a master tier, Rick Takahashi, at one of our local fly shops, Anglers Roost.  This was a four session class with only two students.  Talk about some one on one.  Dustin learned new tricks and further honed his tying skills.  He hopes to take an intermediate class with… Read more »

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Pike on Saturday, Trout on Sunday

Each year the student chapter of AFS hosts a fishing derby at College Lake.  It’s a fantastic event that allows anglers to fish a private lake and have a chance at a huge pike.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate this year.  The conditions were definitely crappy, wet snow and frigid temps, but anglers still… Read more »

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Happy Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, I thought I would call attention to the members of the fishing industry that donate 1% of their profits back to the planet in a form of a donation to over 2400 environmental organizations worldwide.  There are so many outdoor companies that are members of 1%, so go check them… Read more »

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News & Notes

We’ve seen a few whitetail around town – really has Dustin wondering if he can get into some close to home. Midgeman and Dustin shared the river this week: Dustin really looks up to MM for his unmatched fishing skills and fantastic tying abilities.  The stars have still not faded in Dustin’s eyes.  He had… Read more »

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Gear Review–Columbia Omni Tech Rain Wear

Perhaps the proper title would be gear fail.  The rain gear definitely falls into the category, Gear We Don’t Love.  I’m having a hard time not pounding the keys for this post, because my frustration about the rain gear situation is quite high.  There really isn’t much to say about Columbia Omni Tech Rain Gear. … Read more »

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Gear Review– Summit RSX Eagle Hang-on Stand

Since our relocation, the blog has been short on hunting fodder.  In order to remedy that, I wanted to post about Dustin’s favorite new hunting accessory, his Summit RSX Eagle Hang-on Stand.  He used the heck out of this stand last year in multiple locations, and I can tell you he sure will miss it… Read more »

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Gear Review: Western Mountaineering Alpinlite

One gear decision came easy to us – our Western Mountaineering sleeping bags.  As noobs we had no idea what to buy, but the experts at Dynamic Earth did.  Their recommendations have not let us down.  When we asked about sleeping bags, their advice was quick and definite.  Don’t buy anything but Western.  Once we… Read more »

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Gear Review–Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

Backpacking 101 – this class taught by the local Sierra Club cost Dustin and I a lot of cash.  Backpacking equipment doesn’t come cheap, and decisions aren’t easy.  After all,  it is our lives we are playing with here.  Our first agonizing decision – the tent.  Hours searching the net, countless discussions with Brooke and… Read more »