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Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

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Trip Reports

Trip Reports

Chasing Mule Deer in Idaho 2019

Having struck out on mule deer two years in a row in Washington, I tried neighboring Idaho to continue my climb up the mule deer learning curve for 2019.

Chasing gold in the high country

An August adventure backpacking into some alpine lakes with my wife to chase Cutthroat and Golden Trout. The mystical Goldens were again full of surprises.

Golden trout adventure in the Cascades

Washington stocks the elusive golden trout in certain remote, hard-to-reach high lakes throughout the Cascades. I set out this weekend to find one.

2015 Brooks Range Caribou Hunt

A packraft hunt in the Arctic at the onset of winter. The caribou action was slow, but there was still plenty of adventure to be had.

2014 Caribou Hunt - Dad's account

This is the account by Dave (Troutnut's dad) of the caribou hunt described elsewhere by Jason, with photos.

2014 Alaska Range Caribou Hunt with Dad

This year my dad accompanied me on my annual caribou hunt, and we found more adventure than intended.

We both kept journals during the trip. Anyone interested can read the story from Dad's perspective, too.

2012 Alaska Range Caribou Hunt

I backpacked several miles off the Denali Highway in the heart of the Alaska Range, searching for a bull caribou during the peak of the area's scenic majesty.

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