Arizona


Arizona Fly Fishing – Rest and Relaxation

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My wife reminded me the other day that we have about 7 more weeks till our sweet, little girl enters this beautiful world. In my mind, it registered that I have about 6 more weekends to cram in any last minute fishing or hunting trips before she shows up. So, I headed north with a […]

The Winchester 101 Field – Initial Thoughts

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It’s been a long time coming.  I have been looking at over/under shotguns for quite a long time, all the while, pinching pennies and biding my time. In that several year period, I had too much time to gawk, lust, fondle and sometimes even shoot different guns. I finally pulled the trigger (pun intended) on […]

Arizona Grouse Hunting

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I blame Randy Babb and Johnathan O’dell. Ever since hearing these two biologists talk about small game hunting and specifically grouse hunting in AZ, I’ve had the bug. So this past weekend while my wife was doing the baby shower thing, Jake and I headed up to the San Francisco Peaks to stretch our legs […]

Arizona Dove Season – Opening Day

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The sun rose this past Sunday on opening morning of dove season. Birds were flying at daybreak and I was ready with shotgun in hand. Saturday, the day before the season opened, I had received a phone call that my grandfather had passed away after a short battle with cancer. My grandpa had a passion […]

Arizona Fly Fishing – Exploration

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Arizona fly fishing is all about making the best of what you have. Stating the obvious, we don’t have as much water as some of our neighboring states. So, if you want to fly fish in Arizona, you better be willing to explore. There’s always that one piece of water that you’ve talked about exploring […]

Arizona Fly Fishing: White Mountain Small Stream

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A few weeks back, I found myself on a solo trek into the more remote reaches of a White Mountain creek. Brown trout were active and looking up for terrestrials and a #10 Hopper Juan brought multiple fish to the surface. The serenity of backcountry solitude is not easily duplicated, and I relished the opportunity […]

Rambling Review: Duluth Trading Company Armachillo Gear

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Rambling Review – Duluth Trading Company Armachillo Gear Why: It’s wicked hot here in Arizona. From late spring to early fall, Phoenix temps skyrocket into the triple digets, and 110° and higher is not uncommon. During this time, I am pointing the truck northward to try and find some willing trout to take a fly. Even […]

Rambling Review – Mountainsmith Phantom 40

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Rambling Review – Mountainsmith Phantom 40 Why: I absolutely love my Mountainsmith Day TLS. In my opinion, it is one of the most comfortable and versatile lumbar packs on the market. I use it on just about every day trip/fishing excursion and have found it to be perfect for what I need. Sometimes though, I’m looking to go […]