Phil Marsteller’s Amazon

by Dan Simmons – You’ve read in this column for many years the stories of fishing on the Amazon River of Brazil. This is the story of a legend, my close friend and lodge owner, Phil Marsteller, a true force of nature. I first met Phil at a Safari Club International (SCI) convention while working … Read more

Ron Cross Explores the Amazon at Phil Marstellers Rio Negro Lodge

My fishing pal, Ron Cross, a Pro Bass Circuit fisherman from Pahrump, Nevada, and I just returned from a marvelous adventure to Brazil’s Amazon basin. Not only did we explore the Amazon River’s greatest tributary, the Rio Negro, we searched its backwaters and bushwhacked our way into lagoons seeking the magnificent Peacock Bass. This while … Read more

Return to the Amazon

by Dan Simmons – In the Wake of Roosevelt and Walking in the Tracks of the Jaguar This all started when I received a call from my friend Phil Marsteller. He owned and operated Amazon Tours Lodge, which was the original and premium Peacock Bass fishing destination on the Amazon’s Rio Negro River. Phil was … Read more

The Tuna Bite is On

by Dan Simmons –  Our recent experiences with Covid have caused many disruptions in public events and travel. Outdoor Conventions and banquets are no exception, but the conventions and banquets are back and scheduled for 2022. I look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones this year. I’ve just returned from another … Read more

Going to Places Less Hunted

by Dan Simmons –  Our recent experiences with Covid have caused many disruptions in public events and travel. Outdoor Conventions and banquets are no exception, but the conventions and banquets are back and scheduled for 2022. I look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones this year. The hunting season has begun … Read more

It’s Time to Get Ready

by Dan Simmons –  Our recent experiences with Covid have caused many disruptions in public events and travel. Outdoor Conventions and banquets are no exception, but the conventions and banquets are back and scheduled for 2022. I look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones this year. You have a hunting tag, … Read more

Southern Nevada Weekend Freshwater Fishing Adventures

by Dan Simmons –  Our recent experiences with Covid have caused many disruptions in public events and travel. Outdoor Conventions and banquets are no exception, but the conventions and banquets are back and scheduled for 2022. I look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones this year. I’m often asked by newcomers … Read more

A Fish Story (Sharing the legacy)

Are you looking for a day trip; a weekend family vacation or a “bonding” opportunity?  Introduce a friend, the kids in the family, or the kids in someone else’s family to a first-time experience they will never forget. The half-day fishing boats along the California coast are an excellent way to introduce them to deep-water … Read more

It’s Time to Plan for the Hunting Season

by Dan Simmons –  Our recent experiences with Covid have caused many disruptions in public events and travel. Outdoor Conventions and banquets are no exception, but the conventions and banquets are back and scheduled for 2022. I look forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones this year. As the COVID season is … Read more

Success in 21 and Dreams of 22

by Dan Simmons – It’s that time of year again.  Most big game seasons have come to an end and fishing has slowed.  We may have overindulged around the holiday table; I’m guilty.   While digesting, I thought back on a better-than-expected Covid year. The lockdown and social isolation were bad, but hunting, fishing, and outdoor … Read more