Despite the lack of quality art education in our children’s schools, Sadie is developing her natural instincts as a budding artist. She has recognized something that she loves, and she is wanting to spend the effort to improve.
August 29th, 2013
Don’t ever forget the reason you started doing what you do. When you do forget (and you will, if you get enough attention), find that thing again and get to know it. Have a second honeymoon with the things you once loved.
My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him all good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
February 13th, 2013
While working on a new painting that has a lot of grays, I thought it would be a good idea to see how many grays I could create with just a few colors. Turns out, more than enough.
February 8th, 2013
June 20th, 2012
March 11th, 2012
March 9th, 2012
I love to make stuff. For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than making something with your own two hands. When I step back to take a look at whatever I’ve created, I revel in the fact that it didn’t come from some damn factory where the maker didn’t give a crap about who would actually consume it.
March 2nd, 2012
I’m sure you’ve seen a number of “Shit People Say” videos lately. Yeah, I know, that’s sooo last week, and you’re probably tired of them by now. That said, here are a few outdoor sports iterations of the popular internet meme.
January 27th, 2012
January 26th, 2012
When I’m tying flies, I’m always conscious of material colors. Sometimes it doesn’t really make a difference, but sometimes it does. Present a strange color (or size) to a pressured fish and they’ll likely bolt in the opposite direction. When I fish crayfish patterns, I typically have the best results with shades of green. But Read More
January 26th, 2012
time was just a hangover from the past with no present meaning
It’s been about a year since I’ve finished my first painting, and this is it. I’m posting this now as I’m reorganizing my office, and I’m trying to figure out where to hang it. It was done in acrylic on plywood (2′ x 4′), and painted over a few months during graduate school. I was Read More
November 26th, 2011
In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.
For a recent bonefishing trip to Andros Island, I took my Hudson’s Mud Bugger fly pattern and turned it into a bonefish fly. It was a total experiment, but it turned out to be an awesome fly. The only problem was that I didn’t tie enough of them. Well, unfortunately, I’m not heading off to Read More
November 18th, 2011
On the surface, a brown trout may not be that beautiful, but have you ever really examined one up close? They are a lot like snowflakes. As a whole, they’re very similar. Study a single fish for just a moment and you start to see the unique patterns and colors each fish possesses. Then compare Read More
November 17th, 2011
As a self-diagnosed hypomanic, I tend to get caught up in obsessions. Sometimes it’s work, sometimes it’s running, and sometimes it’s fly fishing. This summer my obsession was fly fishing for carp, and it was a good year. With over 150 carp landed this season, I’m still not terribly excited to see snow falling outside Read More
November 2nd, 2011
I’ve traveled in the mountains long enough to not be surprised by anything I witness while on an adventure. However, today, I was definitely startled for a few minutes. Today, I decided to fish Long Lake for some late season bookies, and to glimpse winter’s progress in the high country. I spent most of the Read More
October 23rd, 2011
OK, it’s not ten degrees outside, but winter will be here before you can say “Achooo!” Snow is now flying in the high country, and thoughts have turned to skiing and other winter activities. However, late in the season, the snow and the cold temps get old, and folks get “cabin fever” longing for warmer Read More
October 17th, 2011
My father-in-law just shared with me the most interesting cookbook I’ve ever seen. It’s not your grandmother’s cookbook, but it may have been your grandfather’s. Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices written by George Leonard Herter and Berthe E. Herter is well out of print (ninth edition was printed in 1964), but I Read More
October 12th, 2011
I stood upon the hills, when heaven’s wide arch Was glorious with the sun’s returning march, And woods were brightened, and soft gales Went forth to kiss the sun-clad vales… Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sunrise on the Hills (excerpt) Fly fishing and running are two of my favorite pastimes that give me good reason to stir Read More
October 11th, 2011
In one of the recent issues of a popular running magazine, one author wrote an article about his recent experience running a double-crossing of the Grand Canyon in a single day. It was a rather entertaining essay, and the author did a pretty good job of describing the difficulty. It brought back fond memories of Read More
October 9th, 2011
Today, I took a few hours to enjoy both of my favorite sports – running and fishing – at the same time. There are a few trails in the Glacier Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park that are some of my favorites, and the area just so happens to have a few great high Read More
October 2nd, 2011
Here’s a glimpse of a new fly I’m tinkering with. Swamp thing or carp fly? It’s a carp fly for some fairly aggressive carp I’ve been after and the water’s really off-color. I’m going for mouth feel. If you were a carp, would you eat it? It’s inspired by the leggy Gotchas I tied early Read More
September 24th, 2011
Recently, a few friends have asked me how they should start a running program. I originally posted a beginners running plan on thoos.com about five years ago, but thought this would be a good opportunity to dig it up and dust it off. So, friends, this is for you. Running is one of the best Read More
September 23rd, 2011
Running is probably definitely the greatest sport in the world. OK, I said it. Even if you don’t agree, you would have to agree it is certainly one of the most portable sports. All one needs is a pair of shoes (also optional for some) and a good attitude. Well, last week I had to Read More
September 23rd, 2011
You know you’re an urban fly fisher when a sign like this doesn’t slow you down. Actually, if I had seen the sign before I was walking back to the car, I probably would have gone upstream of the sewage treatment plant. So, if I come down with a nasty case of E. coli in Read More
September 2nd, 2011
Here are a few pencil sketches I made of various Colorado coldwater gamefish – Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat, Greenback Cutthroat, Brook Trout, and Mountain Whitefish. Originally, I wanted some art for my living room, but I was too cheap to buy it. I hadn’t drawn anything in years (like 20), and I Read More
September 1st, 2011
I have handed out quite a few of these flies over the past few months. So, I guess it’s time to share it with everyone else. This is, without a doubt, my “go to” pattern for carp. This fly was tied with carp in mind, but it works great for other species too – largemouth Read More
August 31st, 2011
If you want to see some Carp footage win its due with all the Tarpon, Trout and other highly targeted species, get over to The Drake Magazine page and VOTE for “Carpaholic”. Barry Renyold’s “Carpaholic” is up for People’s Choice Award in the 6th Annual Drake Flyfishing Video Awards Visit The Drake Magazine to watch Read More
August 31st, 2011
August 30th, 2011
There’s plenty enough time to sleep when you’re dead.
It’s been three months since our family vacation (and fly fishing trip) to Andros Island, Bahamas, and I’m feeling the need to preserve a few memories in paint. So, my latest painting project is a bonefish I caught on one of my guided days on Andros. On one particular day, my guide (Frankie Neymour) had Read More
August 29th, 2011
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
For some reason, I feel compelled to start blogging again. It’s been about three years since I’ve uttered more than a Facebook status update or a Tweet. Coincidentally, or not, three years ago I started graduate school, and I spent all of my free time thinking about project deadlines, mid-terms, finals, or the beer that Read More
August 29th, 2011