At lunch I took a quick hike in the woods. I didn't find any morels, but I did find some mushrooms. They weren't there last week! That bit of rain we got spurred them to pop, it seems. Pheasant back mushrooms, also known as Dryad's Saddle, are one of the most common mushrooms I stumble… Read more...





Spring is my favorite time of year: winter is over, green things are starting to grow, and being outdoors isn’t quite so uncomfortable.

I couldn’t capture a picture of the turkey I saw (it saw me first) but I found a few snapshots of spring in the West Michigan woods.

Last year’s berries and flowers, worse for the wear. Sassafras and black raspberry lie dormant but are still striking in their bright green and purple hues.


As of last night, the elusive menorah appears to be standing in front of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing. No matter the perspective on the issue, I think we can all agree that the lawn is a better place for a religious symbol than next to an open dumpster. It's heartening to know… Read more...

There was a time, not to long ago, that I was fishing three or for times a week. If you're looking for a house, test driving cars, super busy at work, and scoring a documentary short about fly fishing, getting out to fish that often is simply not possible– especially when you only have one… Read more...



We got to Michigan at 2am and I found myself asleep a half hour later. A short while later at 5am my phone starting ringing, which was very confusing to me. It took a moment for me to remember why I set the alarm, but once I remembered I was out the door. After a… Read more...

[caption id="attachment_1447" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Personal best 14" brown trout[/caption] I've been doing a lot of fishing lately. Trying to get in as much as possible before it gets super cold out. Not that I won't still go fishing, but I probably won't get out as often when it's 20°F outside. In Michigan for the annual… Read more...

The Rogue River, through Rockford to itsmouth at the Grand River (our journey)This post is tremendously overdue.Although many details have faded due to the time elapsed (it's been almost two weeks since our trip to Michigan!) I feel obligated to record at least part of the story. As I mentioned recently, things have been pretty… Read more...

The Rogue River at SunriseWe were heading to Michigan this weekend, and there was no way I wasn't going to be fishing in this incredible weather. After about a hundred texts, I had two partners, a location, and a quarry: trout. My friends Rob and Mark and I were going to fish the Rogue River… Read more...

Pure Michigan!In Michigan for the weekend, I had to get my obligatory Michigan fishing in. Saturday morning I waded the Thornapple River near Grand Rapids, but got completely skunked (and very very cold). It was beautiful, but I wasn't able to find any fish. I decided to hit up another river on Sunday, hopefully I'd… Read more...