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07/24/13

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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 While the intentions behind this saying are pretty solid, it’s outdated and, quite frankly, downright flawed.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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Catching Silver Creek’s Brown Drake Hatch

06/24/13

Catching Silver Creek’s Brown Drake Hatch

The country is covered with famous fly fishing hatches, especially here in “God’s  Country” (or at least “God’s Fly Fishing Country”), the rugged and beloved Northwest.       Massive aquatic insect hatches are scattered across the region, from the green drakes and salmonflies on the legendary Henry’s Fork of the Snake to the stoneflies of Oregon’s Deschutes River or the monstrous salmonflies that alight each June across the waters of Southwest Montana. And while these all draw anglers from far and wide, it’s tough to argue that any hatch is as unique and special as the brown drake on Silver Creek (check out SIlver Creek Outfitter's short, very cool video about the brown drake hatch)....

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Living Roofs

05/15/13

Living Roofs

Although the concept has long been popular, especially in urban areas, for some strange reason rooftop gardens usually seem like a rather odd idea to most mountain town folks.  After all, people lucky enough to live in breathtaking valleys like the Big Wood’s will ask: who needs a garden on the roof when you’re surrounded by Mother Nature’s garden blooming across the top of the world? It’s a good question. But it turns out there are a few very good answers. For rooftop or “living roofs” not only enhance the natural surroundings, they help buildings become more energy efficient and don’t cost much to install or maintain. Basically, it’s beginning to look like roof top gardens are about to catch on in ski towns like...

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Top 10 Sun Valley Rainy Day Activities

04/16/13

Top 10 Sun Valley Rainy Day Activities

While Sun Valley is famous for its ample outdoor recreational options for the whole family, there’s also plenty to do when the weather forces the search for fun indoors. So here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Rainy Day activities for Sun Valley. 1) Go Bowling! The old school Bowling Alley and Game Room at the Sun Valley Lodge offers a fun step back in time. The lanes are open daily from 4 to 10pm. For more information click here or call 208-622-2191. 2) Go for a Swim! When it’s too cold rainy to swim outdoors, there are plenty of options for indoor or heated pool swimming. The Wood River YMCA has two large pools and Sun Valley Resort offers three pools, including the famous, outdoor heated Lodge Pool, which includes cocktail service for patrons. Zenergy at...

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Skier Profile: Wing Tai Barrymore

03/25/13

Skier Profile: Wing Tai Barrymore

IN SOME WAYS, Wing Tai Barrymore is a bit of a contradiction. You see his first name, which pays homage to his mother’s Hawaiian heritage (Tai) and his great grandmother’s maiden name (Winger), means “Forever Peaceful” in Chinese. But “peaceful” is the last thing most people think when they watch Wing Tai doing a double alley-oops high above a halfpipe or rocketing off a set of rails. The 20-year-old Wood River High graduate is well spoken and has a deep, mellow voice that sounds more along the lines of his name. But it’s Wing Tai’s need for speed—especially when he’s on skis—that speaks to his true spirit and his impressive ancestry. Wing Tai’s grandfather is the late, great ski filmmaker Dick...

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Five Stages of a Fisherman's Life

03/18/13

Five Stages of a Fisherman's Life

While winters in Sun Valley are famous for skiing, there’s also a growing following for its more watery pursuits. Fly fishing during the winter in Sun Valley can be downright spectacular.  That’s why it’s becoming more common to hear folks après skiing at places like Grumpy's, the Mule Shoe or The Pioneer talking about pulling winter “double headers:” fly fishing on the Big Wood River and skiing (alpine, Nordic or snowboarding) on the same glorious day in the heart of Idaho. Of course, some folks think it’s crazy to fish when it’s freezing out. And while it certainly isn’t for everyone, for those of us with a passion for angling and alpine sports, there’s no better place to cast and carve turns on the same...

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For the Birds: Persian Chukar Hunters find Paradise in Idaho

02/20/13

For the Birds: Persian Chukar Hunters find Paradise in Idaho

It just so happens that besides being home to America’s original destination ski resort and being world famous for fly fishing, whitewater rafting, blue football turf and potatoes, Idaho has another claim to fame when it comes to its great outdoors. “The best chukar hunting in the world happens right here in Idaho,” said Drew Wahlin, and he’d know. Drew is the president of non-profit Idaho Chukar Foundation. Drew’s in Ketchum this week to help promote the presentation of “Persian Chukar Hunting” by Dr. Afshin Mofid, a Boise resident who originally hails from Iran. Dr. Mofid grew up in Persia hunting chukars in their native lands. After moving to Idaho 20 years ago, the former professional ballet dancer was thrilled to find incredible...

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Be Well, Fish On!

01/16/13

Be Well, Fish On!

Kenny Connolly knows a thing or two about winning battles. When he was just 27, the former Challis resident was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which is so exceptionally rare for someone his age to get that, statically speaking, he had a better chance of getting hit by lightening. “Once you hear the word cancer,” Kenny said reflecting back to when he found out, “you don’t really hear anything else.” But Kenny, like all cancer survivors, is a fighter. Instead of complaining about the struggles of surgery, chemotherapy and regular trips to an oncologist 140 miles away, he stubbornly held on to a positive attitude. “You can’t just give up. You can’t think like that,” he said. “It’s a crazy situation,...

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Vision Quest

01/03/13

Vision Quest

Most people strolling down Sun Valley Road, may not know who Jack Bariteau is beyond being another friendly, familiar face in Ketchum. But if any of these folks have been wandering down the most famous street in the Wood River Valley since the mid-nineties, they certainly know about Jack Bariteau’s work—and they’re more than likely thankful for it. Jack Bariteau has long been considered a visionary for his work in the development field and some of the best examples of his efforts can be found smack dab in the heart of America’s original destination ski resort. Originally from California, Bariteau has spent 35 years making a name for himself as a developer who could handle every phase of a project; from finding to designing and building and then...

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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. Order a copy of Mike's highly-acclaimed book, "Angling Around Sun Valley: A year-round fly fishing guide to South Central Idaho" from Silver Creek Outfitters.

Gone Fishing's awards include: "Best Blog" 2010 & 2011 by the Idaho Press Club, "Best Web-only Article" of 2011 by the Outdoor Writers Association of California and "Best Fishing" & "Best Humor" blogs of 2012 by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

           

"Angling Around Sun Valley" was selected as the "Best Book" of 2013 by Northwest Outdoor Writers Association!

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