I almost never pack water when going out on a fishing adventure, unless I absolutely have to. Be that a couple of hours out on my local trout creek or a multi-night wilderness backpacking trip. I feel there's simply no reason to lug the extra weight if the water I’m fishing is relatively clean.
Instead, I choose to bring tablets, filter straws, or most frequently, bottles with filter straws like the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier. While these items DO get the job done, most just don't work well enough in my opinion. It takes an incredible amount of energy to suck just a tiny bit of water through the filter — never quite quenching your thirst if you're craving a couple of gulps of water.
If you're the type of angler/hunter/camper that likes the idea of being able to boil water without relying on any fuel, go on extended fishing or hunting trips where the weight of fuel is an issue to carry, or just like the smell of wood smoke, the Ghillie Kettle might be for you.
I started using one last fall. It’s basically a double-walled boiler with a chimney and is remarkably simple in its operation. It does the same thing any other backpacking stove does, only you don't need to carry any fuel. You just use small sticks, dried grass or any other combustibles that might be lying around to boil water.
I spend a lot of time fishing and hunting in the backcountry, and I'm not just talking about places where the cell phone doesn't work, I'm talking about jungles in South America, and the Russian taiga, and well past the sight of shore on the open oceans. So satellite communication has become increasingly important in my travels. The margin for error when it comes to ease of use and reliability is practically non-existent, in my mind, so it's important to use something you trust, because in some cases, somebody's life might depend on it.
Last week's caption contest was certainly one of the stranger photos we've used for a caption contest and it prompted some even stranger captions.
After a bit of deliberation we've decided to award the Columbia Tidewater Watch to Joe Geurts for his caption: "This is how you Tie One On." Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get your watch sent out immediately.
I took my first Tecnu bath of the season last night. Yup, you heard me right - a Tecnu bath.
As we all know - fishing at times forces you to come in contact with poison oak and ivy. If you're like me, wet-wading small streams in the heat of summer is a must. With this wonderful right of summer comes some unpleasantries. Namely an itchy, oozing rash that lasts for weeks. I am almost guaranteed to get a nasty case of ivy at least once a summer simply by wet wading a few select streams near my house.