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The Moonshine Journal

How to Find a Great Fly-Fishing Guide

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How to Find a Great Fly-Fishing Guide

How to Find a Great Fly-Fishing Guide We could write a whole blog about why fishing guides are great. They’re one of the fastest ways for you to learn how to be a more effective angler. They can help you learn a new area, or simply make the most out of a quick trip. They can also just be a great time on the water. But, there’s also the other side of the coin—the bad fishing guide. It’s sad but true. There are simply some people who should not be fishing guides. Just ask a good fishing guide, and they’ll...

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Guide Dan Towsley Gives a Glimpse Into His Remote Wyoming Lifestyle

Guide Dan Towsley Gives a Glimpse Into His Remote Wyoming Lifestyle

There’s a saying from Goethe that’s a few hundred years old: “Haste not! Rest not!” It’s a motto that seems to have faded over time, particularly in our culture, and we’ve definitely lost the first part. We’re filled with haste, and it’s taken over our lives. At least, most of our lives.  There are a few people, like fly-fishing guide Dan Towsley, who seems to have this balance figured out a bit. As a guide during the summer and ranch manager during the winter in Wyoming’s remote Bighorn Mountains, he has plenty of time to himself. He’s busy guiding anglers...

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7 Conservation Organizations Worth Supporting

7 Conservation Organizations Worth Supporting

As anglers, we talk a lot about responsibility. And we should. We drive some of the highest usage and degradation of our waterways by our sheer numbers—there were more than 29 million fishing licenses sold in the U.S. in 2020 alone. That’s a lot of people making a lot of impact on lakes, rivers, and coastal regions.  But, maybe responsibility is the wrong word. Instead of thinking about our role to protect the places we fish as a chore, it’s about time we started thinking about it as a privilege. These remote (and not so remote) areas we wet a...

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How 5280 Became the Front Range’s Leading Outfitter

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How 5280 Became the Front Range’s Leading Outfitter

Moonshine Colorado Trip from Moonshine Rod Company on Vimeo. Jay Baichi has come a long way in the past ten years. As the owner of 5280 Angler, he’s built a roster of fly-fishing guides who cover waters across Colorado—both public and private. They’re helping clients land fish on the Colorado River, Dream Stream, Arkansas River, and dozens more. But, this formidable operation started from a small place.    “I started working with some people at a fly shop and it was a loose operation,” Jay told us. “All of us guides said, ‘We could do it better.’ They didn't really...

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Moving Forward: How Austin Rappuhn Found His Physical Therapy in Fly Tying

Moving Forward: How Austin Rappuhn Found His Physical Therapy in Fly Tying

Any experienced angler will tell that their experiences run much deeper than catching, or not catching fish. They’re out there for different reasons and some of those reasons are harder to pin down than others. They can really only be known by the angler. It may be positive or negative, but either way, time spent on the water is a great way of working these things out, moving forward. Author John Gierach puts it simply: "The solution to any problem—work, love, money, whatever—is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." Angler and outdoorsman...

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