Fall is Coming!

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The Salsa Blackborow has been pulled out of the garage for a scouting ride. I have had a great summer playing with the kids and working hard at the shop. Hunting season is just right around the corner and I am so excited!

I keep asking my kids, if and when do they want to go hunting? My son has said yes for sure, daughter said no. A drive to work one day this past week. A epiphany hit, and started to think. Has my son really thought what was hunting all about? He is a picky eater and I am sure he wont want to try squirrel? The first animal most likely he will be getting after this fall to get some experience. As I type this I look back to my first fall days of hunting with my father and uncle. I carried around a Ruger 10/22 with a banana clip or my uncles 410. I was afraid of big loud guns. To this day I just shoot a 270. Out in the woods we came up on a porcupine trying to get away from us. My uncle said we have to give it a sporting chance before shooting. No shooting animals in trees or sleeping. I am sure we were not going to eat it. Just wanted to give me the first chance of killing an animal to see and feel what it does to a human. A young teenager I have shot many birds and squirrels and didn’t eat all of them.

So back to my son on the question of, If you shoot it, will you eat it? I picked him up from school and was heading to his sisters school. I started the conversation of, dude hunting season is coming up. He said really? I really want to go with you. I replied its going to be great! Then I said. You know if you shoot a squirrel that you have to eat it? I instantly saw a the look on his face of, I did not think about that? I said you know hunting is just not all about killing animals. It’s a lot more! I told him we can go and he has to try the squirrels and we will prepare many different ways to find the way he likes. Trying not to be too hard but want him to understand what hunting is. Well I am super excited to get him out in the woods figuring out how to shoot and testing his human skills on feeding his belly. I have been wanting to try squirrel hot wings. Grill up some squirrel and toss them into a bucket of wing sauce.

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The Salsa and I have been getting along for years now and I kind of think it’s time for the new Salsa BlackBorow? Plan on really working the bike and hunting this year. The Flat River State Game area is right down the road from and its a easy bike ride to it. Scouting is on my brain. Trying to see just where it will give me that chance for a deer. I still see my uncles for first week of gun season. October is a busy month so I am not sure I will get many chances for that. Still shooting my bow for that practice. Today need to glue on some new fletches. All mine are old.

I am going to cut this post short and go for a wonderful fall ride in the game area.

more pics coming soon

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Clear Your Mind By Getting Lost

Most of us have jobs. Most of us have a family to provide for and need attention. Many of us still need to Get out and Get Lost. I watch and read certain blogs, youtube channels and Netflix for my adventure fix at home. It’s not enough. But it cost money and time, time is money. I have spoke at a few events about winter and summer overnight Bikepacking. One thing I really try to get across is that anyone is capable of this with a family or on a budget. Most of my trips are small, one overnight. Kiss my girlfriend goodnight and head out for 6-10 miles on my bike and find a spot to sleep. I usually have a campfire and eat a snack then get in my sleeping bag. I wake up start cooking breakfast or coffee and pack at the same time. I roll out and head home. You don’t have to do this major 2-3night trip to have fun and get a little adventure. I pack the same gear for a quick local overnight as I would pack for a week trip. Less food obviously. Gives you a great chance to get acquainted with your gear. If something fails to were you have to leave then you are not far from home or a vehicle. With doing small trips you get the confidence of a animal and feel you are capable of bigger trips.

I use this same approach with hunting and fishing. Living in Michigan I have a body of water not far. Pack your bike with some fishing gear and go for a few hours fishing. You don’t need a guide to get fish. Ask a buddy where would be a good spot to get your feet wet? A good chance a buddy will not give you the spot. That pisses me off majorly! I do have a river across the street from where I live (The Flat River). I did some research on what is in that river. I saw fishermen down there, and worked the fishing hard for 2 years. I would come home from work and have dinner with my girlfriend. Then head out for a 2 hour fishing adventure. I have a tough time deciding to go up north fishing because I have a river so close that I can do quick fishing trips. It’s tough to swallow catching no fish after spending a bunch of money for the trip. I still catch no fish sometimes but I just walk across the street and hang dry my waders for the next day. So don’t limit yourself to big expensive trips. Take all chances you can get to clear the mind with a mini adventure.

Don’t go out and get a job as a lumberjack. Go out and help clear a local trail. It is easy to find a local club that loves new volunteers for help maintaining a trail. Take your time and you might get to use a saw. Take a class and become certified as a chain saw guy. People will call you just for your skills to help clear trail. I have a local Trail here in town called The North Country Trail. So on Sundays I takes little walks along the trail and sometimes bring a axe and hand saw. It’s a great workout and lets you play with some fun adult toys. But remember to be safe and contact the local chapter of the trail for info on helping.

So what I am getting at is we all need some nature. We all need to get back to what our ancestors went thru before the city life. Everyone has a piece of nature close that we can use frequently. So Go Out and Get Lost!

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This pick is from today. It was a quick fishing for steelhead on a cold day. Getting my feet wet with using a spin rod and egg sacks. Now I am on to picking the kids up at school.

Unit 48 Idaho

Just got a call back from a wildlife biologists that works unit 48 in Idaho. He gave me some good insight on the land. I’m looking at a area that doesn’t see a lot of hunters but a lot of recreational use. I’m not sure to take it as a positive or a negative. One piece of info is hunt it early in the season, high altitude and snow comes around November. So far the information he gave me was a positive. Need to call on some units in Colorado, got a tip from a friend about some areas.

 I struggle with giving to much info on public land. While learning how to fly fish and where to. Dudes were dicks on helping me. They would give all sorts of techniques but where is a big no. Mostly fishing shop and fly shops, a place that makes money on me catching fish. I work at a bike shop and people ask me all the time where to ride? I’m happy to help them. A fly shop wants to keep the sweet spot to himself. When customers ask me where do I fish? I am damn happy to tell them where and the exact location and what to use. My idea is get them out and enjoying life to the fullest. None of my spots are blown up and not usable anymore. 

One spring day around 10 or so. I hit a spot I call the honey hole. Every cast I was catching a keeper size of smallmouth. Hearing people on land saying oh he caught another one. Seeing them getting frustrated with me catching awesome smallies and they were kind of catching fish. I’ve stayed in that spot for 2hours or so and began to get hungry. I watched a younger adult stroll over to me and ask me if I care if he fishes here? I said no and I’m getting bored of catching all the fish and need to eat. I told him to stand right in the exact location and cast right at the 2 rocks, let it swing for about 5-10 seconds and the strip in. Even gave him a few flies. I left to get a snack roamed around town to check on a few carp spots. I came back as the kid was leaving and asked how he did. He said it was a riot and he was done and satisfied for the day. He told me thanks and we parted ways. The honey hole is still there people know about it, I still fish it. It’s a river I or we don’t own spots or locations. I know I’m out of the norm on this but let’s all play nice and teach all to everyone. 

This was a smallmouth I caught almost every day of a week in the same spot with the same fly. I named that spot smallville. The day I didn’t catch it and I noticed some caddis being taken off the top I switched to a muddler style fly and caught my first steelhead.