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Beers Across America

04/07/14

Beers Across America

A couple of beer geeks try microbreweries from across the country.

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Restoring the Big Wood

02/11/14

Restoring the Big Wood

The Big Wood River has been adopted as part of Trout Unlimited's Home Rivers Initiative.

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Top 10 Books by African American Authors

02/05/14

Top 10 Books by African American Authors

A rundown of the 10 Best Books by African American Authors in honor of Black History Month.

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Falling in Love with Loreto

12/17/13

Falling in Love with Loreto

  THEY SAY THAT TOWNS, just like people, have souls to them—at least the special ones do. And while scholars, theologists and bartenders the world over have long tried to settle arguments about how best to describe a human soul, understanding the soul of an exceptional town is a lot easier. These extraordinary spots, often tucked along coasts or nestled high up the mountains, simply feel special as soon as you set foot upon them. There’s just a different vibe, a sweeter kind of energy to them. Some places have just the right kind of magic. Loreto, Mexico, which overlooks the Sea of Cortez on Baja California Sur, has that special kind of feel—especially, it seems, for people who also love Sun Valley and its friendly Idaho confines. There has,...

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Three Reads: Great Fishing Books

09/30/13

Three Reads: Great Fishing Books

WHEN IT COMES TO GREAT FISHING WRITING, there appears to be a handful of key elements that the best writers carry in their literary tackle boxes. First and foremost, they all share a great passion for angling of various styles. Next, they are all able to connect with readers, to bring us along with them on their fishy adventures. Finally, they all write in words as gentle as summer breezes but as strong as perfect casts, words that stay with us as we hit the water or toss about at night dreaming of rivers or rising fish. It also seems to help if your last name begins with an “M”—or a “Hemingway.” Therefore, here are short reviews of three reads that folks with a passionate—or even just a passing—interest in angling should...

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A Summer of Fishing 2013

09/05/13

A Summer of Fishing 2013

 IF THERE'S A FLY FISHING HEAVEN, it must look an awful lot like South Central Idaho and the Northern Rockies. Since I’m lucky enough to call this region home—and to make part of my living writing about fly fishing—here’s a photographic rundown of a summer of angling around these watery parts with my two little fishing buddies, with friends and with the simple companionship of my Scott rod, Ross reel and beer-filled fanny pack. Clockwise: Silver Creek’s legendary brown drake hatch is the official kick-off for another summer of angling around Sun Valley; Jack and his buddies, Alex & Winston, show off a big brood stock rainbow he caught at Gaver’s Lagoon; Gaver’s Lagoon at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery is a popular,...

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Riding the Wood River Wave

08/12/13

Riding the Wood River Wave

The spirit of Margaret Mead is apparently alive and well in Bellevue, Idaho. The late anthropologist and acclaimed author is credited with saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Just such a small group, led by photographer Craig Wolfrom, called the Wood River Wave (WRW) is holding a fundraiser this Friday night at Mahoney’s Bar and Grill. The goal of the fundraiser is to help the WRW make Bellevue a safer and—quite frankly—a better place. The town of Bellevue—which almost became the state capitol during the mining days—sits on a bluff above the Big Wood River. Just beneath town, only a couple blocks from the bustle of Main...

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Sun Valley Cowboys Up

08/05/13

Sun Valley Cowboys Up

While people in big cities like Boston and Seattle might think that the only places cowboys actually exist anymore are Louis L’Amour novels and Clint Eastwood movies, the truth is, cowboys are alive and as well as can be expected. And they sure do know how to throw a party! The roughest, toughest cowboys out there compete in the Pro Bull Riders (PBR, not to be confused with the blue-ribbon winning beer of the same acronym) Touring Division. The national tour made its now annual stop at the Rodeo Grounds in Hailey a week ago Saturday night. In front of a packed and rocking crowd of all ages, the boys and bulls of Sun Valley PBR Classic put on one heck of a show, and showed that the cowboy spirit of the Old West is still alive and well in the Gem State. The cowboys came...

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Rastafar-Idaho

07/24/13

Rastafar-Idaho

If you love, like, or even have a mild crush on reggae music and you didn’t go to last Saturday’s Reggae in the Mountains World Jam at the Rodeo Grounds in Hailey, then you owe some serious penance to Jah, Bobby Marley and Danny Walton.      Despite an Idaho sun that was shinning as hot as it does in Jamaica, a hearty but small group of local reggae fans of all ages enjoyed some world-class music (And thanks to the acoustics of the Rodeo Grounds and the surrounding valley, dozens more camped out on lawns and parks from Woodside through Old Hailey to enjoy the tunes). While all the music during the seven-hour jam was top notch, the star of the show was Etana (here's her Facebook page). The Jamaican singer and rising star has a strong and...

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Idaho’s Largest (Canned) Trout Comes to Ketchum

07/08/13

Idaho’s Largest (Canned) Trout Comes to Ketchum

There’s an old saying that goes: Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime. While the intentions behind this saying are pretty solid, it’s outdated and, quite frankly, downright flawed. It doesn’t take into account catch-and-release regulations, the challenges of trying to stay healthy eating nothing but fish or the cost of good fishing tackle nowadays. It also doesn’t seem to notice that a hungry man doesn’t care about the finer points of casting a Thomas Buoyant or a Woolly Bugger. He just wants something to eat.  For 10 years now, when a person, or family, in Blaine County has been hungry—which happens much more than you’d ever think possible in our...

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About This Blog

Whether he’s being out-fished by his trash talking mother-in-law, guiding one of his young sons through the perils of manhood or finding inspiration from the people of the Wood River Valley, Mike McKenna’s award-winning writing is always sure to entertain. Pick up a copy of Mike's highly-acclaimed new book, Angling Around Sun Valley: A year-round fly fishing guide to South Central Idaho, at Silver Creek Outfitters.

Gone Fishing's awards include: Best Blog 2010 & 2011-Idaho Press Club and Best Fishing & Best Humor Blogs 2011-Outdoor Writers Association of America.

           

 

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