Welcome to Basin & Range Outdoors

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Basin & Range Outdoors was created to share the adventures experienced by two brothers in the American West. From the highest alpine terrains to the lowest sonoran deserts we will chronicle the pain and triumph that accompanies all of our outdoor pursuits.

There will be no high-fence hunts, no fly fishing lodges, no streamside caviar and wine breaks. Instead, you can expect cold nights sleeping in the dirt, flat tires on old trucks, and big dreams realized on small budgets. With Basin & Range Outdoors you will find useful reviews of hunting and fly fishing products, techniques, locations, and a general review of our outdoor expeditions on public land.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another Adventure on the Guadalupe River

I caught a lot of averaged size trout on small flies this last weekend.  I was dredging so deep with my flies that I caught both a catfish and a carp.  Dissappointed that I didn't break the 20" mark but enjoyed myself none the less.  If you can avoid the tubers Sattler, TX is a nice place to wet a fly.

Monday, March 26, 2012

You Know What's Fly...?

"Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip."
                                                    John Gierach

A very true statement by Gierach... Irrelevant to the topic at hand but thoughtful insight and partially the reason most of my fishing pursuits are spent alone.  My fly fishing idiot-ness is best left without an audience.

My last trip to the upper reaches of the Guadalupe River tailwater were spent doing more casting than catching but improved to some degree after some entomological research (fancy terms for flipping over submerged rocks to see what bugs reside there).  I didn't make any startling discoveries or insights into the meaning of "matching the hatch".  It was pretty obvious by the fluttering caddis flies dancing on the water and the occasional swell from a fish eating said flies that caddis were staple of this river's trout.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

For the Spring Turkey Hunters...

I'm not a big turkey hunter but after watching this video I might change that.  Well done Miller Mathews!!

Keep an eye out for updates from Tate Bare and Rich McMahon's spring turkey hunt in Eastern Washington.

Miller Mathews Spring Turkey 2011 from Clayton Miller on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Thank You Dec...

Just had to thank Dec Hogan for signing my copy of his renowned book “A Passion for Steelhead”.  Dec was a hero to my brother and I in our early years chasing steelhead on the Skagit, Sauk, Stilliguamish, and Skyomish Rivers where he was making a name for himself as a premier spey caster and steelhead guide.  We still talk about running into him at the small fly shop in Mt. Vernon (Skagit Anglers) when we were in High School.  Keep an eye out for the 3rd printing of his book coming out in August 2012.  

Thursday, March 8, 2012