Opinion: Reason to Believe

  Scott Willoughby is The Denver Post’s new outdoors editor. Evidently, covering quagmires of the day—climate change, access issues, energy development, et cetera—have stymied his cake-walk visions of weekly fishing excursions, honing his sporting clay skills, and spending more time outdoors. It’s something we can empathize with… for we, too, believe it’s time to go…


National Parks in Peril

  America houses upwards of 394 National Parks—from Alcatraz Island to Zion. And Saturday marks the beginning of National Park Week (April 16-24). According to the National Park Service, this year’s focus is “Healthy Parks, Healthy People,” highlighting connections between human and environmental health “and the vital role America’s national parks play in both.” This…


Anatomy of a Shitshow

sheening v. 1. the terms “sheened” and “sheening” connote partying, questionable decision-making and public humiliation. —The New York Times Wetsville, WA—The loop of fly line hung just below my reel, pinched between my index finger and thumb. The line straightened against the eyelets of my rod and the spool on my reel gave line. One turn. Two…


Patagonia to Purchase Seaside NJ

NEW JERSEY—Patagonia Inc. recently pledged $2.3 million toward the purchase of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, as part of its Communities for Cultural Eternity initiative. “We’ve selected Seaside because we strongly believe it’s one of the final frontiers of contemporary Americana teetering on the brink of its last 15-minutes,” says company founder, Yvon Chouinard.


Opinion: Hook-And-Bullets

  Classic “hook-and-bullet” titles such as Field & Stream have graced magazine racks for more than a hundred years, successfully cultivating readerships in the million+ range. Author David Petersen explores the wrinkled genre, operating along what he points to as a “triad of how-to, where-to and product hype.” Although The Drake does not make the…


Kill Bill: Vol. HB 309

  BUTTE—When it comes to stripping stream access rights, flyfishers—generally a peaceful group—come ready to collectively throwdown. Earlier this week more than 350 Montanans swarmed the Senate Agriculture Livestock and Irrigation Committee hearing in opposition to HB 309. The bill, carried by Rep. Jeff Welborn, R-Dillon, would allow landowners to block public access to waterways diverted for…