“I DIDN’T DO IT FOR THE MONEY”

“Tommy, if you catch a fish on a dry fly this year, I’ll buy you something special like a new video game as long as it’s under $20.00,” I offered Tom, my eleven year old son, before we left for on our annual Memorial Day camping trip to Birch Creek. My goal was to get Tom…

BADGER TENKARA

In the last few years, it seems like just about everyone has jumped aboard the Tenkara bandwagon. Tenkara seems to be everywhere in social media Facebook, Instagram, and numerous blogs. Some may argue that this is just a fad that will pass. No doubt, fads come and go, but what do you say about something…

THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY!

(Written by John Denver and revised by Andy Wayment) Well life in the wild is kinda laid back Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack It’s early to rise, early in the sack Thank God I’m a country boy Well a simple kinda life never did me no harm A raisin’ me…

TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

For those who have followed Upland Ways, you have probably come to realize that the Wayment Brothers love to bird hunt and fly fish.  For Shawn and I, bird hunting and fly fishing are really two sides of the same coin.  They are both crucial parts of our upland way of life.  We realize, however, that some of…

THE MAGIC WAND

I have this secret place that I love to fish.  I call it, “The Mini-Madison” because when I first fished there, it reminded me of my favorite river, the Madison, except instead of being “the fifty-mile riffle” like its namesake, this area is only 50 yards of excellent holding water containing exposed boulders, plunge pools, nice runs,…

ROB’S FISH

I have a friend named Rob Pincock that I have known through my church for quite some time now. I’ve always been impressed with his work ethic, his generosity, and how genuine he is. Rob is the kind of guy you can count on when in need. During the week of July 21 through 25,…

THE OLD YELLOW ROD

The family all sat around in the living room discussing numerous things including the preparations for my father’s funeral. Everyone’s emotions were so on the surface as we laughed and cried about our beloved Dad. Somehow the topic came up about how we would handle selling Dad’s things for my Mom. In tears I said…

WHEN IT’S RAINING AND WHEN IT AIN’T

Fifteen years ago Dad and I first fished Birch Creek together and we have loved it ever since. This past Memorial Day Weekend, Dad was supposed to go on our annual family camping trip to Birch Creek, but he passed away on March 31, 2014. To say I miss him does not even begin to…

SMOKE ON THE WIND by DOUG DEATS

I recently read my friend, Doug Deats’ book, Smoke on the Wind: Short Stories and Essays, on a cold, Saturday in February.  With the hunting season over and the fishing season not quite in full swing in Idaho, this book was a great way to spend a day and to feel that special connection to my beloved outdoors. For those of you…

REVIEW OF WILLIAM G. TAPPLY’S, SPORTSMAN’S LEGACY

Approximately, eight years ago, I first stumbled across William G. Tapply’s, Sportsmen’s Legacy, at my local library. From the cover, I could tell it was a memoire of a father and a son who spent time together in the outdoors. At the time, this seemed like the kind of book I’d be interested in as…

BIG LOST BOUNTIES

Author’s Note: This post originally was published on Upland Equations on May 19, 2013. This year, the fishing season started off slow for me.  Beginning in February, I fished numerous times without success.  On various occasions, I fished the Snake River not far from home, the South Fork, and the Henry’s Fork and did not move so…

A DAY TO REMEMBER

Author’s Note: This post first appeared on Upland Equations on May 28, 2013. This past Memorial Day Weekend, I had the opportunity to go camping with my family and some really good friends at one of my all-time favorite places, Birch Creek. Birch Creek is one of Idaho’s three sink streams that flow between majestic mountain ranges…