Waiting out the storm

Local experience translates into clout
Photo: Chris Hunt

It was one of those hopeful moments, laced with a touch of experience from years of watching Rocky Mountain skies and trying to decide whether it would be wise to wave a 9-foot lightning rod around with a potential thunderstorm building on the horizon.

“I, uh, think it’s going to go north of us,” I said, waving my arms off to the west and pushing them to the right like a local TV meteorologist. Only my greenscreen was the Beaverheads and Centennials as they poked into stormy skies off in the distance “We might get a little spray, but I think we’re gonna to be OK.”

An array of blades

The basics of cutting tools: Pocket knives, fixed blades, hatchets, axes, machetes, saws and more
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

With my truck unloaded after a weekend camping trip, I decided to pilfer through storage spaces in the Tacoma and maybe pare down my daily supplies.

Taking inventory led to a couple of determinations. First, that I felt comfortable with the assortment of “might need it” items I had stowed away. Second, that among that assortment was a lot of sharp, pointy things. Tucked away throughout the Toyota were various knives and cutting tools — eight in total.

Bled dry

An iconic western river bears witness to climate change
The North Platte River (photo: Chris Madson).

I guess you could say the upper North Platte River in southern Wyoming is my home stream. It’s an easy couple of hours from the house, a river my family has long embraced as a refuge from the heat of the high plains in July and August, a place we fish in the summer and I hunt in the fall, a thread of emerald and sapphire in a landscape of gray and tan.

Review: Redington TRACE fly rod

Redington's successor to its incredibly popular Hydrogen series aims to do it all
Photo: Chad Shmukler

Redington recently announced the discontinuation of their popular Hydrogen rod series, which has long been one of the brand’s most popular rods. Few companies, though, are willing to stand pat with their lineups these days, especially where fly rods are concerned.

Trump administration set to green-light Pebble Mine

The once-dead mine, which threatens to destroy the world's largest and most pristine salmon fishery, is nearing approval
Subsistence salmon fishing in a native Yupik village in Alaska (photo: Pat Clayton).

Since taking office in 2017, Donald Trump and his administration have made a mockery of the EPA and U.S. environmental policy. Trump has appointed industry toadies such as disgraced former EPA head Scott Pruit and current EPA administrator and former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.