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“Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else.” ~ Walt Whitman (src)



Fishing and Grilling in 100F Heat (And How to Make it Better)


Brown trout captured in submerged hand net

I want to lead with saying I had an excellent Independence Day weekend. On the holiday itself I grilled enough meat and (sweet) potatoes to satiate 400% of the party size actually being served. But, the leftovers have been serving me well and in fact I just finished working through a plate of shrimp and pork ribs before moving over to write this post.

Podcast Convinced Me to Ditch Guns, Start With Bow Hunting in 2021


Single .223 cartridge sitting on shelf

Note: anyone immersed in firearm hunting or any other branch of recreational shooting might roll their eyes into the back of their heads as they read the same things they've heard from 1000 other new firearm seekers and owners since early 2020. And after considering this, I briefly considered canning the post. But, if part of the point of this blog is to document my journey and learning experiences as a student of these hobbies (and it is), then witholding posts to protect the sensibilities of angry/ belligerent readers who are (possibly far) more experienced than I on these topics doesn't seem to make much sense to me. So let the warning be sounded: this post depicts not-so-graphic content of an amateur complaining about finding guns and ammo during the present supply shortage.

Great Podcast Episode to Improve Your Fly Casting


Payette River Middle Fork

As I continue to seek out resources to utilize in the pursuit of improving my fly casting, I came across one I thought would be worthwhile to discuss here: an April 2021 episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast titled Seven Deadly Sins of Fly Casting, with Josh Nugent

Fly Casting Lessons - Are They Worth It?


Fly rod resting on fly-fishing book resting on wooden desktop

Previously I made a post about the progress of my "self-study" in fly casting. As of several weeks ago, I had not been out on the water in over three months; my residency was going to vest at the beginning of March and I thought it would be best to wait until I had access to more enticing prices before purchasing a 2021 fishing license. In the meantime I continued to do some research on 22lr bolt action rifles (which may be the topic of a different post) and I also investigated the possibility of scheduling some private fly casting lessons to get direct feedback from a professional on what adjustments I need to make to improve my casting results for this coming season. I sent some emails out to the fly shops and schools in my area, and for various reasons elected to schedule with Idaho Angler's "Fly Fishing University: Private Lesson" offering.

Turkey, Eggnog and Egg Custard on Pellet Grill (Carnivore-based Thanksgiving)


Thanksgiving meal

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Yesterday I achieved satisfying results (for a first attempt) with a sausage-stuffed-bacon-wrapped whole turkey, as well as carnivore-based eggnog and egg custard, all prepared in some capacity on my Camp Chef SW with <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">Bear Mountain Hickory pellets</a> (limited experience granted, my favorite pellets so far).</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->