A lone female wolf in the Wallowa National Forest area.

A lone female wolf in the Wallowa National Forest area.

I’ll be giving the next talk for the Straub Environmental Center lecture series in Salem on Nov. 19 at 7p.m. The talk will focus on the past and future of wolf management in Oregon. The Statesman Journal did a small write-up previewing the talk. Check it out here: Howling at the Moon. Hope to see you at the lecture.

The new site is up and running, though not quite finished.

The new site is up and running, though not quite finished.

They tell you that having a child changes everything. While I’m  not sure that’s entirely true, I am sure that bringing George into the fold has resulted in a shift in our priorities and goals. With that, Mike and I have started a new project to celebrate and sometimes commiserate integrating a child into an outdoor-oriented lifestyle. Please check out raisinggus.com and let me know what you think. Are there topics you’d like to see explored? What’s been your experience with bringing your kids along for the adventure? I’m looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

There are a couple new personal and professional projects in the works, and we’ve been messing around with video a bit. This short piece came from a morning on the river. What do you think? Are you a fan of video storytelling? Audio? Still photos? Just words?

It’s been busy on the home front. Please look for more posts to come soon. In the meantime check out a quick update over at Tasty Takes.

It’s getting to be that time. Rivers are thawing, the ice is breaking up. Two days ago there was a small hatch. Yesterday a truck parked at the sign hole. Tying is getting a bit more frantic. Dreams are starting to take shape, and soon, with a bit of luck and a whole lot of planning, they may just look like reality.

On that note, Patagonia recently released its Spring 2014 Fly Fishing digital lookbook featuring amazing images from around the globe. Toward the end of the book is a short essay by Northwest fly fisherman and writer, Dylan Tomine. It’s pasted below (click on text below and scroll through images for original version). Check out more of Tomine’s writing and life at his website, located here.

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** this post originally appeared on Tasty Takes.

Back in June our friend Eliot from Greasy Beaks Fly Fishing left me a voice mail. It was pretty straightforward. “Hey, I think you should call this guy, his number is 555-555-5555. There might be a chance for you to go to Labrador to fish for trophy brook trout. I promise it’s on the up and up.” No other real details, just a name, a phone number and the hint of an epic. That was it.

Two months later I was tucked into the back of a seat of a de Havilland Beaver float plane with the writer John Gierach and Gray Ghost Production’s Carter Davidson. We were headed for interior Labrador and two weeks of nearly non-stop fish stalking. Above is the trailer for the video, North of Wild, that was born from the trip. The full film will premier in the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Full trip report to come soon.

Collared at Powell’s on Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 7, 2013.

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Collared at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis, Oregon, Oct. 8, 2013.

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CollaredCollared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country will be on shelves Oct. 1, and OSU Press has set up several events, including readings and signings to celebrate publication.

To start I’ll be at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne on Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm discussing the book and signing copies for the store. On Oct. 8, I’ll be reading from Collared at Grass Roots Books in Corvallis, Oregon. Then on Oct. 9, I’ll be taking part in an informal discussion of the book and topic during a brown bag lunch at the Valley Library on the Oregon State University campus. I’ll also be participating in a signing during the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association conference next week.

It would be wonderful to see you out there.

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More from Labrador at the second posting on the Orvis fly fishing blog.

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For an hour we moved up the river in that fashion. Come to a pocket, make a few casts, catch a few fish, and move up again. It got to the point where like Babe Ruth we were calling our spots and calling our fish. Twelve-incher top of the pocket left side. Just on the tongue of the white water, fourteen-incher.

Check out the field report on the RIO blog, here:

http://www.rioproducts.com/blog/labrador-dispatch-by-aimee-eaton/#more-2405

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