“…and here’s the thing about fly fishing: more often than not, you’re gonna get your ass kicked. Usually it’s a result of being unprepared, impatient, inattentive, or not-quite-as-good-as-you-think at fooling trout. But sometimes you show up mentally prepared, vest bristling with all the right flies, informed and familiar with the water, and in the company of fishermen ranging from solid to (occasionally) spectacular. And still your ass receives a thorough kicking. If the scenery doesn’t do it, the river will: humility is inevitable.”

Fly fish through Sierra Nevada with Elias Carlson in the latest #FilsonLife: http://fil.sn/FlyFishSierra


Hi Guys,

The rain started very early this morning and everything looks so green!

Everything is growing very well, we still haven’t lost any of the seedlings and have even added sage, coriander, basil and tomatoes into the spare spaces.

There is a definite line that exists in aquaponics between running a system on seasol whilst waiting for fish to arrive, and the week or two after fish arrive and the system begins to be powered by waste and the nitrite/nitrate/ammonia cycle.

You can almost see the plants grow and count the new buds and shoots daily.

What will be the biggest learning curve for me in the Deep Water System, will be planting patterns, where things grow best in this system, what slows water flow such as the celery, and what plants need the most or least nutrients. This is really very exciting!

The little system is all mapped for us, we know what grows the best where and what we can get each year from the space we have, but this new system is completely different. And its fun, and we love the fact that we can share it all with all of you.

Thanks for following everyone, and welcome to our new followers!

April 27, 2014  Yakima River, WA

Spring on the Yakima…different every year.  Active rainbows this time of year will actively chase a number of fly patterns both on the surface and subsurface if allowed to swing.  Give it a try, indicators are not the only way to fish this river, break out one of those many light two handers and swing away!

photo Dave McCoy


Tennant Gets Slapped By A Fish


Fly fishing the Upper Owens River in the winter is fantastic.  It is stunningly beautiful.  Peaceful.  Quiet except for the occasional piercing sound of a hawk.  Clear and very cold this day.  Not another person to be seen.  The fishing went off.