April 18, 2014: TGIF Link Round-Up

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april 18 tgif link round up

We scour the web for upland hunting and fly fishing content so that you don’t have to.  I hope you enjoy this week’s edition of the Feather and Fin Link Round-Up and as usual let us now your thoughts!

Upland and Turkey Hunting

Fly Fishing

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Texas Quail

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I was surfing the web today at lunch and discovered this little gem by Swampwreck.com that features some good ‘ol Northwest Texas quail hunting….enjoy.

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Upland Bird Hunting in Eastern Washington

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As a Western Washingtonian, born-and raised on the rainy side of the Cascade mountain range, Eastern Washington has always held a special allure for me. Over the years it’s become synonymous with adventure, a place to escape to. I have yet to tire of the gradual transition from granite to canyon-land, green to gold, as I-90 slides down the Eastern side of the mountains. My eyes still wander eagerly across the landscape looking for familiar outlines against the horizon: coyote, red-tailed hawk, mule deer, and if I’m lucky that dapper little fellow the American Kestrel. It’s country that’s a little wilder, a little freer. I think that’s what keeps me coming back.

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I’ve never been one to pass up an adventure. So when my brother-in-law Josh invited me to join his father Tom, and their lab Rosie on an upland bird hunt near the Columbia River Gorge, I was all-in. I’ll take any excuse to get outside with a camera, and I’ve never been bird hunting, so I was eager to see what all the fuss is about. The fact that we’d be camping out in Tom’s VW Eurovan was just an added bonus for this road-trip junkie.

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Watching a trained dog at work is an incredible thing. The intelligence, tenacity, and endurance Rosie displayed is something I won’t soon forget. It was clear she was in her element, completely absorbed in the hunt. During one short break I watched as she stretched out in the sand, muzzle flecked with blood from the lashes of a thousand branches, and one crotchety porcupine. Despite the wear and tear I swear she was smiling.

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Tom has taken Josh hunting since he was 12 years old. Their relationship is a joy to behold. At this point in their lives they’re more like best friends than father and son. It was an honor to be included in what is clearly a special time for them.

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After just one bird hunt, I think it’s safe to say I get it. The beauty of the landscape. The gradually mounting tension as your dog locks in on a scent. The sharp smell of gunpowder. Even if you don’t bag a bird, it’s a great excuse to spend time in the wild. And the rush of a big rooster exploding from the brush should probably be classified as some kind of drug. It’s electric.

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About the Author

Elias Carlson is a contributor to Filson Life. Elias is a 31 year old freelance photographer, graphic designer, and videographer from Seattle, Washington. He has a thing for mountains, road-trips, and his wife Theresa. He is easily distracted by moving water of any kind, especially the sort with fish in it. When he’s not outdoors with a camera, he makes some pretty great things, for some pretty great companies using nothing but his mind and a MacBook Pro. Follow Elias on Instagram or check out his portfolio for more of his adventures.

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Fly Fishing Gear List: Beginner

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PLEASE NOTE: Click on any of the links below to purchase an item

Apparel, Footwear, and Packs

Fishing Gear and Accessories

Other Gear and Essentials

Please check out our Pinterest Beginner Gear List for pictures, ideas, and more helpful information!

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Sunday Freestyle Fly Fishing Video Round-Up

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Welcome to a new edition of the Feather and Fin Sunday Video Round-Up. Spring is here! Spring is here! Spring is here! In honor of the long-awaited thaw and upcoming Connecticut season opener, we are “freestyling and profilin’” this week with a compilation of some of our favorite fly fishing videos. Enjoy this week’s selection and feel free to share anything you feel may be worthy of future round-ups in the comments section below.

I’ve shared this via our social channels, but I’d like to feature this again…love this short film. Friendship, fly fishing, film and a thirst for adventure, “Vermillion” looks to capture it all and blur the lines at Lees Ferry in Arizona’s Glen Canyon.

The Way It Began is one woman’s story (Kami Swingle) of her passion for fly fishing and the belief that she can have it all: outdoors and fashion, wilderness and cosmopolitan. Selected for the 2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival.

In the summer of 2013, the boys from Adipose Fly Fishing ventured north to a part of Alberta that few anglers have ever set foot in. What they found, was an over abundance of healthy Bull trout and Grayling.

Simms Shoot Out 2013 – “BENT”…very cool. “Rooster” seems like my kind of dude…would love to get out someday and see his crew at The Stonefly Inn.

Fat salmon flies, good friends, and monster browns in Big Sky Country…so jealous!

How could I not include the boys from Hooke? In this one, they are targeting brookies and rainbows in Quebec.

Produced for Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum, ID. This short features aerial footage using remote control helicopters…Me likey.

Amazing footage of the breathtaking Spatsizi Wilderness in British Columbia, Canada. The fly fishing is truly secondary in a pristine environment such as this.

Mending the Line is the extraordinary story of Frank Moore, a 90-year old WWII veteran and fly-fishing legend, returning to Normandy to fish the rivers he saw as a soldier. The feature film will release in Spring of 2014 and a tour cut will travel with the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4). I cannot wait to see this.

“Heads or Tails” by Todd Moen shot in Dillon, Montana – we’ve always liked his stuff.

Bluelining for brookies with the boys from Southern Culture on the Fly…without a doubt my favorite type of fly fishing.

Mid-summer fly fishing on the Oregon’s Deschutes River.

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