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If you have any sort of access to Spotify you’ll be able to enjoy this new playlist of loud, screaming music that is sure to get you and your co-pilots banging your heads so hard that you’ll likely stop worrying if you’re going to run out of gas before you make the next small town at dusk after a long day of enticing giant fish with tiny flies. It’s not for everyone, but for those that love the rabid intensity of metal, it’s a compilation sure to amp you up to eleven.

Listen to the playlist HERE.

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As anyone who’s worked in retail during the holidays can attest, it’s easy to forget the real message of the season when you’re neck deep in panicked shoppers looking for any shiny object to throw in a box and slap a holiday message on.

Luckily i was reminded of what joy the holidays can hold when i recently spent a few days with my family in ice cold Colorado. More or less holed up due to single digit temperatures, days were spent playing board games, taking turns cooking AMAZING meals, and occasionally venturing out to Bass Pro shop right around the corner to amass a small fly tying arsenal.

Originally the fly tying idea was my cure against “Cabin Fever”, setting up shop in the garage in an effort to keep myself busy and out of the way while cooking magic was going on inside. I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but eventually my mother (a great artist and incredibly creative person) ended up in the “Tie Shop” with my brother David (an amazing fly tier and steel header from Oregon) and i giving her first lesson in fly tying.

I’ve never seen anyone take to anything so quickly, she is a natural to put it mildly. The time spent with my brother and her was amazing on its own, but eventually David retired and it was just me giving what advice i could to my mom while engaging in random conversation. It was probably only an hour spent there with flies, alternately being tied by her and i, enjoying wine and beer respectively while supporting each other, but it felt like a blissful eternity. Conversations were those of adults that respect each others differences instead of the parent / child dynamic that tends to cause so much anxiety and heartache on both sides of the fence.

So remember that you have a lot more to offer than you think. Sometimes just sharing your knowledge is a gift, and sometimes just seeing it being embraced so whole heartedly and enthusiastically is a gift in itself.

You can not buy that feeling. Anywhere.

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Ipads, iPhones and the like are amazing, there is no doubt. It’s fair to say that 80% of this blog is somehow involved with these devices, whether it be shooting photos, editing them, or pushing forward various information via social media.

These electronic marvels can easily keep track of your appointments, remind you to pay pay your bills and entertain one in many different ways. They can not however take on wine, coffee, or marinara stains that add a wealth of character to their stapled spine. They also aren’t the best device to record “Two Wine Glass Illuminations” replete with meaningful runes and scribbles sketched in the margins while sitting on an abandoned tree stump after an excitable day of double digit trout.

For this exact reason i find that one of the most important things i can carry on my person is a notebook from www.fieldnotes.com and a decent pen. While every one else is trying to scout out an electrical socket just to record the last good thought they had, you can easily jot down memories of fish and flies without fear of having your world going black.

(Note: I’m definitely no Luddite, relying solely on ancient technology, but i feel it obligatory to mention that books also never run out of power. One of many good reasons to always have one on you along with the paper and pen.)

 

More incredible footage from the folks at Hooké. I can’t wait for the day that we cross paths, it’ll be amazing. These guys are the real deal and their laughter and obvious love of life makes me smile every time i watch this.