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

Happy New Year!

Wishing all a Happy New Year with new hopes and plans of adventures, travel, with good friends and family. We either move forward or slide back. I certainly don’t want another 2021 and I’ve already a positive outlook for 2022. I’m back with the first newspaper column and a refreshed website(

The Art of the Hunt

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 feel fortunate that I’ve … Read more

The Legends of the Lake

by Dan Simmons – Nevada has always been the land of legends, mysteries, and adventures. When it comes to fishing it’s no different, as I discovered at Pyramid Lake, a short distance north of Reno, Nevada. I found the glory hole for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. They are abundant with reports of twenty pounders being landed. … Read more

Sailfishing at its Best

by Dan Simmons – “Sailfish,” was the cry that brought the fisherman and crew alive. “Where?” “There, following the boat.” “Get ready,” the guide instructed, as I snapped on the fishing belt. It took the bait and I waited, as the fish ran stripping line. “Now,” came the command to put the reel in gear. … Read more

One Tough Grandma

by Dan Simmons – Violet Simmons finally drew a California Sheep tag in Northern, Nevada and allowed me to accompany her as camp cook. It all started twenty-three years ago; that’s when she first started applying for the coveted tag.  You can imagine, then, that she was a little excited when she got the news … Read more

Tradition Lives on a Georgia Plantation Hunt

by Dan Simmons – Stump holes, tangles, and briar patches It was an afternoon of dogs coursing and pointing, hunters shooting and occasionally a bird falling.  I’ve done a fair bit of dove, western quail, and pheasant hunting, but these coveys of Bobwhite Quail bust from the bush at warp speed and thunder in all … Read more

The Halibut That Caught Me

The Halibut

by Dan Simmons – There are few things I like more than bottom fishing off the coast of Alaska and British Columbia, Canada. You never know what you’ll bring up.  It might be a red snapper, cod, halibut, or salmon; they all find it hard to pass up a slice of herring suspended a few … Read more

The Longstreet Posse – A Family Affair

by Dan Simmons – The opening day of dove season was one of the best I’ve seen in years.  The population’s numbers are up, small pools of rainwater were still available and the weather cooperated. This year’s trip really started last June in the High Sierras, while at Andy Oldfield’s Boulder Lodge, on June Lake.  … Read more

Big Fish, Blue Water

The Big Fish

by Dan Simmons – This is a story of a really big fish, travel and luck, as are all good fish stories.  It begins in the small fishing village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, an easy four-hour flight from Houston, Texas. I was there to visit friends, get caught up on some writing, and … Read more