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Every year I look forward to the carp fishing tournament on blackfoot reservoir. Its the first time we all get together for some good camping, booze, great food, and semi decent fishing. I dont go to this thing because I love carp because I don’t, I love doing lots of shit and hanging out with […]


My life style has been ridiculous lately. I’ve packed Three trips of a life time into three short months. After New Zealand I spent a few weeks at home with family until I left for a trip to Ireland mostly to go to my good friends’ wedding. Eskil (Sweden), Elaine(Ireland) and I sailed together in […]

The West

Neil Chamberlin and I have just returned from an awesome trip floating and fly fishing one of the greatest rivers in the American West. Im generally vague when I write about where I have been exploring, to protect these special fisheries. I have put a lot of time in to learn about some of these special […]

Keep your fly in the water

I have returned from an amazing trip to Oregon where I fished two days with my good friends James Fraser and Mike Lasota. If you read my blog you will realize that James and I have fished all over together and initially met in New Zealand a few years ago. You can read about those […]

Fly fishing at its best

I have been loving this beautiful weather and this amazing place to call home. I have been exploring with a few friends and have found the fishing as good as it can be in september (our most productive month for dry fly fishing.) The fish are currently stacked up in pods in certain riffles, and […]

Go hard mate

Its only been a few days home here in Jackson Hole and already Im restless. I have just returned from three months living in a van in New Zealand chasing brown trout I have always dreamed about. Most people here are depressed from a long winter with no snow and no hobbies. My re introduction […]

“You have to follow the fishing Josh”

As I sit here in the international terminal in Auckland New Zealand writing about my last three months exploring this remote corner of the world, I find it hard to find the words. I have been unstuck in the world, and like a boat from its anchor, I began to drift. Life is a blast […]

Travels with Dane

Over the last week I have been chasing trout with my friend Dane from South Africa who I met at a gas station recently. We had a great time together and were able to tackle a few rivers and quietly make noise. Dane and I are like brothers and shared many good meals and got […]

Is this a dream?

I have returned from an awesome few days solo backpacking up a really cool river here in New Zealand. A friend dropped me off on the side of the road and said “Good Luck,” with no further hesitation I headed off to now-here, the trout didn’t stand a chance. I stuck my music in for […]

Martin Simpson

I met a guy on the river the other day. His name is Martin Simpson, a kiwi from New Zealand. Martin is a famous trout artist specializing in painting your fish of a lifetime. Every peculiar detail of your catch is included in his paintings. He is also a very keen fly fisherman and we […]

No footprints in the sand

For the last few days I’ve been hanging out with Tony Entwistle and our friend from Jackson Hole, Dennis Butcher. I have been a guides apprentice, and have been honing my skills as an international guide and angler, and have been shadowing Tony and Dennis while they fish. Im not fishing at the moment, and […]


An early start proved to be beneficial yesterday, as Bob and I had one of our most memorable days on the water together. We have been fishing very hard, putting in a lot of miles seeing incredible country, getting outside every day, but having limited fishing success. And no matter what anyone says the goal […]

Go ninja, go!

Bob Ciulla and I have been fishing every day mixed in with a bit of travel. The fishing is a little bit tougher than Bob remembers, his last visit being ten years ago. The other day we saw a massive brown trout feeding on the surface, and swinging below gorging himself on nymphs. I wanted […]

Fishing with Nick Clark

Bob Ciulla and I are loving life at the Clark residence. We are currently in Queenstown again, and have fished a day until the weather turned for the worst yesterday. Nick Clark is a great guide down here in Southland, and has been for 20 years. He knows these rivers very well and has offered […]

Heading down south

I fished with Tony Enwistle one last time before I went south to Queenstown to pick up my friend Bob Ciulla. Tony and I woke up at 5 am to go explore a place where he saw a 15 lb fish. I told him I didn’t want to cast at a fish that big. He said yes […]

One cast, one fish in a lifetime

When I got the offer to fish with Tony Entwistle and Peter Carty I said hell yes. Im sure there are so many people out there that wish they could push me aside and live in my shoes for a while doing all this traveling and dirt bag campervan lifestyle and fishing every day. Thats […]

Fishing Nunya creek with Tony Entwistle

I was lucky enough to fish with Tony a few years ago when I last visited New Zealand. Well I returned the favor when he visited Jackson Hole last year. The man is a machine. I watched him and our friend Dennis Butcher boat something like 70 fish. At one point I hiked Tony back […]

A Ragged Dance

In a week my good friend Bob Ciulla is coming to New Zealand to fish and explore with me for two weeks. Now Bob is a very keen fisherman and he has fished here around ten times and has a wealth of knowledge. I hunt Elk in the fall with Bob and cant wait to […]

For the love of life

Our journey has taken us to many incredible spots over the last two weeks. We drove up the west coast to see the retreating glaciers, we shot guns with the mayor, we stayed in a neat little cottage, we got our van stuck in sand and had to flag someone down in a rain and […]


    Over the last week me and my cousins Justin and Connor have been camping and exploring amazing areas all over southern New Zealand. My two cousins are new to fly fishing but are thoroughly enjoying themselves and furthermore picking up a thing or two from me and learning a new craft. Need less […]

Some type of way

Fishing in New Zealand requires a higher order of stream craft, more than any other type of fishing. And usually it helps to have a friend to take pictures and furthermore help spot fish while on the water. Well I dont have any friends. So I have to be resourceful and do everything on my […]

Arrival in New Zealand

Its always a long flight to New Zealand, and no matter how long or short your trip anywhere,  you learn to change your thoughts. Luckily I flew Air New Zealand, and they really took care of me. For dinner I had the choice of either chicken or beef and you know what? I ordered them […]

Memories of past trips to New Zealand

Im currently in the SLC airport during a five hour layover, waiting to hop onto my flight to LAX, and then ultimately a 13 hour red eye tonight starting at 11 PM all the way to Queenstown New Zealand. I cant wait to get back to New Zealand to start my three month fly fishing […]

Guides Trip 2014

Every year, after a long season of guiding, we are treated to a weekend of debauchery and over indulgence in beer, food, laughter and some much needed fishing. This year most of our a guides made it out including, Scott Smith, Trey Scharp, Tom Montgomery, Ben Brennan, Neil Chamberlin, Max Laprade, Jeff Currier, and myself. […]

First Tarpon on a beach in the middle of nowhere

Blah blah blah im on a deserted island with no chance of fly fishing success until I met a friend through the Whole Wide World of the internet. He says to me he says, walk this way go past the abandoned blah and scale the cliffs and keep going until you see the pelicans bait […]


The most beautiful time of year is here. Cooler temps and yellow foliage now grace our office views. The fishing has been amazing here in the mountains, I love this place we call home. I will fish every day until it snows so please visit once in a while to see what this place has […]

Mad to live

Our guide season is slowly coming to an end here in Jackson. The fishing is still outstanding. unfortunately the tourists are going home to their jobs, school, life in general. Being from a resort town like jackson the shoulder seasons bring a change of pace for those who live here. Although that shift can be […]

August always comes in with a blast

Jackson Hole is a lovely place to fly fish. Within an hours drive from the center of town lies multiple rivers, lakes, creeks, and endless opportunities to cast a fly at hungry trout. The snake river in Grand Teton National park is producing some of the best dry fly fishing around. Casting big foam grasshoppers, […]

Pigs in Paradise

As my 2014 guide season begins i’m restless. I have just come back from six months of travel. Sailing halfway across the world, island hopping alone, lonely, homeless, making friends, saying goodbye to brothers. 9 countries visited and many fish caught. The Caribbean is abeautiful place.  As life goes on it is important to maintain […]

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