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JUNE 5, 2012

Ten & Two - The Angler's Journey Is Evolving

Filed under Miscellaneous @ 9:15 am

Spey Cast in the river photo

AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL PUBLICATION of six quarterly editions ranging from Argentina to Nova Scotia and points in between, we now know that many of you appreciate, indeed embrace, our vision of the fly-fishing journey.

To explore the fullness of this “meaning making activity” and the sights, sounds, tastes and joy along the way we must grow to a larger, more contoured platform that inspires, entertains and connects all of us. But, before introducing you to Ten & Two, The Angler’s Journey “2.0”, we need your help building the on-line cathedral. That’s why we are going to take some time off from our fishing trips (and writing about them), roll up our sleeves, and work with you to create a place where we can all meet and enrich our lives as we follow, and create our own angler’s journeys.

Ten & Two Cover PhotoOur digital magazine was only a waypoint on the trail to the water. How can we make the beautiful photographs and interesting stories more accessible and make it easier for you to become part of the journey? We have some ideas to be sure. Our online publication could beenjoyed on the various tablet computers where screen resolutions are getting better all the time, and where a tap or click can dive us into a photograph of gumbo only to find a video of the action in the New Orleans kitchen at the other end. Our magazine could be printed on high quality paper so it can be held, savored and left around that beach house or off-the-grid lodge where tablet com-puters shift to the bottom of the duffle. Beyond the magazine, moving at a quarterly pace does not seem fast enough for our high-speed, big-bandwidth society hungry for constantly updating websites and downloadable content that can be shared. And the Facebook/Twitter revolution has made us all understand that if we’re not connecting with our fishing soul mates online we may be missing the hatch. We might meet this challenge with an Angler’s Journey “club” that makes it easy to share stories, tips, photos, travel and product discounts, and provides exclusive opportunities to get offline and get together on the water. These are some of our thoughts, but we want to hear from you.

Fishing off boat photoSo, while we’re going to stop publishing the quarterly digital magazine for a period of time, we’re going to expand our social media presence, including our blog, email, Facebook and Twitter efforts. We want your input and we will be working to make it as easy as possible for you to provide it. This is your community and we want you to help shape it as part of the team. We look forward to your contribution as we start a discussion about the evolution of Ten & Two, The Angler’s Journey, for all of us. Everything is on the table and we hope you’re up to the challenge. The reward will be a place to come visit and linger—a place that not only reflects your tastes and values—but opens doors to fly-fishing journeys which provide orientation and meaning in all our lives.

We’ll be back to you soon with new information and some new Angler’s Journey material to experience. In the meantime, send your thoughts, questions and ideas in the comments section of this blog post.

We look forward to your ideas and, most of all, what we will create together.

Ten & Two Photo

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OCTOBER 7, 2011

Nova Scotia Journey

Filed under Trips @ 2:30 pm

TEN & TWO traveled to Nova Scotia for Atlantic salmon fishing on Cape Breton, the island off the northeast coast, with renowned author and outdoorsman Charles Gaines. It is the cradle of some of the world's most amazing fly fishing. The story of our experience on the island of Nova Scotia will be featured in our upcoming Winter issue. To give you a taste of what you'll see—here are some photos of our journey...

Nova Scotia Coastline Image

An incredible farmhouse on the coast near the Cabot Trail north of Margaree.

St. Mary Image

The St. Marie has had better days fishing off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Margaree River Valley Image

Margaree River Valley. Home to Atlantic salmon up to 30-lbs.
Incredible! It's like a trout stream up here.

Charles Gaines Fishing Image

Charles Gaines casts a Bomber dry fly to waiting salmon in The Forks Pool.

Moose Crossing Sign Image

You gotta love a sign like this!

Glenora Distillery Image

North America's only single malt whiskey distillery is on Cape Breton
Island, Nova Scotia. It's calledGlenora and it's the real deal.

Lighthouse Image

In 1734, the French first lit the Louisbourg lighthouse -
now the oldest lighthouse in all of Canada
.

Sunrise Image

Sunrise on the ragged coastline near Louisbourg,
Nova Scotia. One of the best sunrises I've ever seen!

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Salmon Fishing on Nova Scotia

Filed under Trips @ 3:35 pm

TEN & TWO is traveling to Nova Scotia for Atlantic salmon on Cape Breton, the island off the northeast coast. We fly into Halifax and then we'll meet our host for the first part of the trip - Charles Gaines. He wrote the book Pumping Iron in '74. It was made into a movie staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, before Arnold became Arnold. He's written novels, done TV, and countless magazine articles about fishing and hunting. Currently he lives half the year in Alabama hunting quail, and the other half in Nova Scotia looking for salmon. He'll take us to the world famous Margaree River where we'll stay at the Normaway Inn. We'll spend three days fishing for Atlantic salmon on the fly, and then head out to explore the rest of Cape Breton. Beyond the salmon fishing, there's a huge influence of Celtic Music, great food, the world famous Cabot Trail around the coastline, and the first single malt distillery in North America at Glenora. And that's just the start of it. Come with us on this journey as we look for salmon on the fly and get into the culture of Cape Breton. It promises to be another great story for TEN & TWO - The Angler's Journey.

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

The E-Zine Issue

Filed under Miscellaneous @ 10:20 am

The world of digital publishing has opened up any number of new opportunities to communicate. But then again, there are those (including me) who would say there’s way too much information out there and a lot of it is a total waste of time. But occasionally a new take on an idea appears. Such is the case this month.

The digital fly fishing magazine Blood Knot is online this month with an issue dedicated to profiling other digital fly fishing magazines. TEN & TWO is one of the magazines profiled.

Tarpon Dream Image

We chose to do something different with this opportunity. We’re going to run the same tarpon fly fishing story from two different perspectives. One in Blood Knot and the other in TEN & TWO. As we pondered the thought, it occurred to us that no two people see the same fishing trip the same way. A guide’s perspective can be entirely different than that of the client. Two friends can go fishing and each has their own private interpretation of the day. They might reach the same destination, but the path might be interpreted differently. Digital publishing allows us the opportunity to look at both sides.

Florida Fishing Boat Image

Too often businesses see their competition as “us against them”, and to be certain there are elements of that competitive environment that are proper and healthy, but just as often it becomes something else. In the best case, it’s not “us against them.” It’s us doing the very best we can, and teaming up with other magazines to combine the best of each to each other’s advantage has it’s place in the world. We can work together here and get something even better than what we have individually.

Thanks very much to Matt and the folks at Blood Knot for allowing us to take part in this portfolio. For us at TEN & TWO we hope you enjoy both issues as well as both our stories on tarpon fishing in Sanibel, Florida.

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MAY 11, 2011

New Zealand - Owen River Magic

Filed under Features @ 9:55 am

For the next issue, TEN & TWO is headed to New Zealand. This next issue will be out in less than a week. A lot of us may not get an opportunity to go after these huge trout, but we’ve got a chance to take part in this journey by joining Robert Tomes and David Lambroughton. The journalist, Robert Tomes, has traveled the world looking for fish and New Zealand is one of his favorite spots. David Lambroughton is a tremendous photographer who has turned his lens on New Zealand fishing since the early '80s.

Well before either of these characters evolved into their current forms, they actually ran into one another fly fishing in New Zealand. As Robert recently recalled “32 years ago I was just a kid bumming around the trout Mecca of Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand when I ran into one David Lambrougton and his friend and famous fly shop owner Pat Barnes (originator of the Royal Trude Fly pattern). This was David's first trip as it was mine. We struck up a conversation, and I ended up hanging out and fishing with them for a couple days in the area, and even catching a few fish. Now, three decades later we are putting out a New Zealandissue of TEN & TWO featuring my stories and David's spectacular photos. Small world indeed!”

Robert Tomes Youth Photo

Portrait of the author, Robert Tomes, as
a young New Zealand fly fisherman.

Robert will be taking us to the Owen River Lodge on the South Island. Full of Kiwi hospitality, this establishment represents some of the best lodging New Zealand has to offer.

Owen River Lodge Yard Image

The elegant view from the yard at Owen River Lodge.

New Zealand has some of the most unique birds in the world. Clay Stauffer will take us on a journey to see some of the best examples of these incredible birds.

Kea Bird Image

A New Zealand Kea is silhouetted by gathering clouds.

The Bistro at Amisfield Vineyards, near Queenstown, is famous for its internationally influenced New Zealand dining experiences. Robert will take us to the vineyard, and serve us up a sampling of incredible dishes.

Roasted Pear Image

Vanilla Panacotta with a Pinto roasted pear
is a highlight of the Amisfield menu.

Joanna Dudson Scott is one of New Zealand’s primer landscape painters. TEN & TWO explores a portion of her portfolio, and in the process learns a bit more about her creative passion for painting.

Joanna Dudson Scott Painting Image

"French Pass" by Joanna Dudson Scott

David Lambroughton goes hand in hand with New Zealand. His images of fly fishing New Zealand capture the spirit of the land and the immensity of the experience. The following photographs are only a small part of his body of work. These kinds of photographs help define the New Zealand experience.

David Lambroughton Image 1

The big river valleys of the South Island are open to everyone.

David Lambroughton Image 2

In New Zealand, the water is warm and the fish are fresh.

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APRIL 4, 2011

Yakima 5

Filed under Trips @ 11:38 am

Those of us who have been there know the words to this song by heart - fathers, sons, brothers and friends around a campfIre at night. Nothing like it in the whole wide world. By the campfire, you're free to be whoever you choose, and say whatever you choose to say. Most of the time, it's funny as heck, and chances are no one will remember it in the morning anyway. In his song "Lucky Day", Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Torn Waits said "son there's a lot of things in this world that you're gonna have absolutely no use for. And when you get blue and you've lost all your dreams, there's nothing like a campfire and a can of beans."

By dumb luck and sheer focus, I remained even keeled enough through this campfire meal to jot down comments directly as they became public. If you've ever sat through a campfire like this, you'll recognize these comments immediately as the random thoughts of peaceful minds having a lovely time of it. And we did.

Notes From A Campfire:

"I can't fmd my wine glass, but I think we can do some business here...
Of course you're tired, but we must carry on at all cost...
A Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction right there my friends...
I think I need to write some poetry here pretty quick...
Fat-bottom girls, you make the rockin' world go round...
It's making me lonesome, ornery and mean...
This tastes like nothing I've never had none of before...
Give me back my wig. Baby let your head go bald. Is it snowing or what?...
This tastes so very good I forgot it was January...
I don't know how we're gonna find room for this, but we will find a way...
Apple Betty for dessert? Eight tablespoons of butter? Why not?...
At least he can relax in the evening...
Suddenly it's 85 degrees on the Yakima in January. How did that happen?...
Get out the way old Dan Tucker-you're too late to get your supper...
You ought to see my baby cooking catfish and collard greens...
Wasn't he the guy who wrote...
50,000 watts out of Mexico - listening to the border radio...
Rock me baby like a southbound train. I smell apples and cinnamon and stuff like that...
Rock me momma like a wagon wheel. Rock me momma any way you feel...
I'm gnawing on it...she said...he said...
Shoulda known better...
Come on now, chicken dance for me baby...
Tell me now, have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?...
I want to see you do your best Dale Chihuly imitation right this second...
He said what?..."

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Fathers, sons, brothers and friends - a campfire on the Yakima River.

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The last drop of the Russell's Reserve Rye gets a toasting upside the fire.

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Portrait of a wine glass from hell.

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To a screaming background ZZ Top blues tune, Jim Garner plays a
perfectly tuned air crutch borrowed from a blissful Gary LaComa.
You had to be there to really appreciate this one.

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MARCH 31, 2011

Yakima 4

Filed under Trips @ 1:05 pm

It's my understanding that Native Americans have a saying that goes "white men build a big fire and sit far away. Indians build a small fire and sit close." There's something to that philosophy that goes beyond fires. We were a group of men whiter than the driven snow, and the fire was blazing somewhere close to Bessemer Converterdom.

Chances are some of your best fishing memories from years past revolve around campfires and friends. I have vivid memories of laughing till I fell out of a camp chair, and eating meals that could not be replicated in a five-star restaurant. Those are moments that simply transcend reality. All of us who dedicate ourselves to friends and fishing, know these fleeting encounters to be pure and true. Often enough, I remember clearly thinking if I were to die at this very moment, all things considered, it would be fair trade. This was one of those nights. A fair trade indeed.

The night's meal came courtesy of Reid Watson and his buddy, Josh Voltz. Reid has a thing for cooking in a cast iron Dutch oven, and thankfully the guy has it down to a science. He called it Yakiman Chili, and he managed to pull it off in the middle of all the chaos created by very loud music, and the noise of six other guys having a great time while acting like maniacal children riding a sugar fueled mindless rampage through camp. Had they been in the vicinity, wives and girlfriends most certainly would have left for home a very long time ago, while muttering something pathetic about the nature of men and their behavior around other men and campfires. Probably not worth going into here.

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Reid Watson going over the details of the recipe for Yakiman Chili.

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Bryan LaComa was in charge of cooking ribs for one or'the side dishes.

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Roasted chilies were an integral part of the Yakiman Chili dish.

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Briquettes were ready and the initial ingredients started to smolder.

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Josh Voltz and Reid Watson mix up a batch of Yakiman for their friends.

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Dueling cast iron Dutch ovens working on making
one of the best chili dishes in recent memory.

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MARCH 28, 2011

Yakima 3

Filed under Trips @ 11:10 am

The warm weather had pushed the CFS to upward of 3500 CFS. That's a lot of water for this time of year. Basically, it means drift boats and fishing tight to the bank. The fish are holding close, because that's what they do in high water. Bryan suggested using a San Juan Worm about two feet below a stonefly called a Pat's Stone. An indicator about four feet above the stone fly. Dead drifting the whole mess about six inches from the bank, which is a casting maneuver worth writing home about when the wind picks up.

We picked up some flies at Red's Fly Shop on the Yakima and immediately headed to camp and the aforementioned music, whiskey and food issues. Jim Garner brought the KFC and we ate like kings. No, that's the truth—KFC. Delicious after a couple of cocktails and a frontal lobotomy. We ate every crumb. The next morning we'd hit it hard.

The next morning was perfect. A slight mix of rain and snow. Perfect trout weather. What the heck, they gotta eat today as well, so they might as well eat a stone fly or a worm, and it might as well be ours. Needless to say, there was no one else fishing anywhere. I mentioned Bryan has a way with trout. Today was no different. For a while, every few minutes you'd hear him on the walkie-talkie yelling about someone in his boat having a fish on again. There really isn't any rocket science to this technique, but there is a huge science to understanding the whole gestalt of seasons, and flow, and trout, and mood, and opportunity and catching as opposed to fishing. He's a fishy kind of guy. That, and he understands the lifestyle and the mood of trout. You and I may have some work to do in that regard. Pretty simple. No one else hit much at all. Everyone in Bryan's boat got a boatload of fish. The biggest measured out around 20-something and the rest were smaller, but it's the fricking middle of winter and no one is supposed to be catching fish from the get go. Contrary to what most people think, it can be done. Ask Bryan. "Must be the season of the witch".

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Jim Garner strikes a Yakima River rainbow on a Pat's Stone Fly, which he had
running about four feet above a pink San Juan Worm.  Photo by Gary LaComa

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(Left) A typical pink San Juan Worm pattern used all winter long on the Yakima. (Right) A typical
Pat's Stone, which is usually run in tandem with a San Juan Worm.  Photos by Red's Fly Shop

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Bill Graham hits a fabulous rainbow also on the Pat's Stone pattern.

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Bryan LaComa nets a 20-inch rainbow and the celebration begins.

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Bill Graham, Jim Garner and Bryan LaComa strike a timeless flyfishing pose.

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A terrific Yakima winter rainbow goes home.

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MARCH 25, 2011

Yakima 2

Filed under Trips @ 10:55 am

The Yakima is a canary in the mine kind of river. I guess most rivers are these days, but the Yakima is a serious canary. It's a great trout stream, but it's just getting hit from so many different directions at the same time. Uptown lodges, mega homes, water diversions, farm fertilizer in the drainage, beer cans, campers, drunk college kids in rafts and over fishing. It's a pounding and it's not going to get any easier. Through it all, the river remains a true gem for trout fishermen who take the time to learn the ways of the river. There are way too many arrogant fly fishermen who think all they need do is stand in a river and fish jump in their waders, because of course they are God's gift to fly fishing. The Yakima will have her way with those people. But for those who take and invest their time, the river will give up some gifts and then some.

About 20 million years ago this whole area was covered in basaltic lava flows extending from the center of the state almost to the Pacific Ocean. At that time the river was a sluggish stream. A series of uplifting and warping events along the eastern slope of the developing Cascades Range increased the flow and the cutting ability of the river as it made its way through the basalt. Today, the river is a visual calendar of those events showing the basalt flows, the sedimentation and the erosive forces of nature that are exposed to fly fishermen every day. It's truly a beautiful place. Similar in many ways to the look of the Deschutes in Oregon, as well as the John Day and the classic Grande Ronde.

But to the point at hand, it was January 2011, and colder than a well-digger's ass outside. Not as cold as it could have been. We got lucky on a short break in the weather, so the snow had melted, but the brittle sting was still fresh in the air, and the visual mood of the place was best described as a lovely shade of Chechnyan Barf Gray. As it turned out, Ryan was unavoidably held up by business, but eight of us made it to camp at the BLM Lmuma Creek campsite on the Yakima River. In the middle of the winter, a pretty bleak scene, with the occasional sun break lasting maybe a few seconds. But hey, we had good food, firewood delivered by a friend in the area, music and a lot of whiskey. The mood was bright sunshine in camp. What's to worry about?

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Basalt cliffs rim the landscape about halfway down the canyon. Thousands of years ago,
this entire area had been covered by lava which quickly cooled and was uplifted by the rise of
what would eventually become the Cascade Range of mountains about 50 miles to the west.

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The entire length of the Yakima River Canyon is traced by a paved road
that runs between Ellensburg and Yakima, which makes for great bank fishing
in the summer. In high water, boats are the best bet.

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The entire group holds up for moment to talk fish and fishing.

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One person has to stay on the oars as another casts to the bank, because for all
intents and purposes, the boat is always moving when the water is this high.
Even a heavy anchor has trouble holding tight in this current.

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MARCH 23, 2011

Yakima

Filed under Trips @ 11:50 am

As springtime approaches, we're getting fired up to get back out on the rivers. In Washington, it's getting close to March Brown and Squala time. But as winter thinks about receding, it's worth one last look at a winter's fly-fishing trip.

Washington state's winter sucks. It rains and it's cold on the west slopes, and if you go east of the Cascade mountain range it's freezing and/or snowing or just generally the pits. Steelheaders love it, but then steelheaders aren't human. They're a subspecies of some sort. Better left to their own devices, deliriums and dementia. Winter's chill just won't let go. What can you do, but think about trout fishing, or just screw it and go fishing anyway?

Out of nowhere I got an email from a friend named Bryan LaComa, who suggested a bunch of us should go camping and winter fish the Yakima River in eastern Washington for 20 inch trout. Yeah, like that's even real this time of year. At best this is a foolish idea, and at worst it's worse. So many better things to do with your life, like...like...I figured I'd go just for the whiskey. I mean, if you simply can't wait for March Browns or Squalas in the spring, you might as well be flagrantly irresponsible in the winter, right? Some of these guys believed firmly that we'd actually catch fish. Bryan's the kind of guy who can catch fish in a bathtub full of dirty water and he was convinced. His buddy Ryan Smith, from Seattle's Avid Angler, is a guide and fly-shop owner in the area. He was sure we could do it. Me? Color me doing what I'm told, and in spite of a natural tendency toward Chicken Little, cautiously optimistic about the whole thing.

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A cold gray camp at the BLM Lmuma Creek campsite. There are a number of
organized sites along the length of the Yakima River Canyon. In a camp like this,
whiskey and good food are a baseline for emotional survival.

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Bryan LaComa and Bill Graham getting in the mood
and fighting off the effects of the prior night's festivities.

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All eight of us managed to find the put in and get the boats in the water.

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The river was running about 3500 CFS, which is high for this time of year,
so the fish would be holding tight to the bank.
  Photo by Gary LaComa

Winter's day on the Yakima. We got a break in the weather, so the temps
went to just above freezing and most of the snow had melted.
It's bleak outside and the sun tried, but refused to shine.

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MARCH 3, 2011

Dreaming For Spring

Filed under Miscellaneous @ 2:25 pm

Winter in Seattle Image

Shot this photo out the window of my car on the way downtown a while back, and it fits the mood perfectly.  Steelheaders are the only people in a good mood these days. Guys who fly fish for steelhead seek out this stuff.  They live to stand in rivers during weather that most people take out home loans to avoid. In the city, the trout mood is slushy at best. These days there’s nothing to do but hunker and remember what it was like last spring.  Pitchers and catchers just showed up in Arizona a couple days ago, so it can’t be that far away can it? All we can do is imagine at this point. We’re wading through the dog days of February and dreaming of spinner falls and midges by the millions. There’s gotta be a crack in winter’s chill. Sounds like an old Leonard Cohen lyric.

“Ring the bells that still can ring
 Forget your perfect offering
 There is a crack in everything
 That's how the light gets in.”

We need some light in here.  For instance right now.

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