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Boulder Boat Works And Scientific Anglers News

Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot with Boulder Boat Works and Scientific Anglers

In mid-September, we were honored to be invited to provide boats and oarsmen for a photo shoot with the marketing department from Scientific Anglers. Photographer extraordinaire, Tim Romano called the shots on the Upper Colorado River, while coordinating three boats, a bunch of fishy goofballs and some cooperative trout. Under bright blue, Indian Summer skies we smiled for the camera each time we floated past Tim. We would float around a bend and there he was, up to his chest in the water with his camera half submerged. We would float a little farther and there he was again, perched on a rock out cropping, high above the river. When you see an ad for Scientific Anglers in 2015, look for the beautiful Boulder Boat Works drift boats in the background!

Tim Romano and Brad Befus

Tim Romano working his magic with angling ace Brad Befus

Upper Colorado Photo Session

Trout charmer, Allie Marriott helping a trout smile for the underwater camera

Coming Soon…
Trout Unlimited Edition BBW Pro Guide Drift Boat

Boulder Boat Works is very proud to be teaming-up with Trout Unlimited to offer all the best features available in the world’s greatest driftboat. Not only will these BBW clients end up with an incredibly unique boat, they will be helping coldwater fish and their habitats. If you are considering a BBW boat in 2015, ask us about the TU Edition.

For more information, call or email Steve at: 303-678-0055

Used Driftboat Sale


Used Driftboat SaleGoing Once, Going Twice, SOLD!
Used BBW CRT Drift Boat For Sale

We see only a few used BBW boats come up for sale each year… and they sell fast. This one came available as its owner has moved to the salt water and didn’t want it to sit unused. Lucky for you!! This opportunity is even more rare, in that it is a Convertible River Taxi. We began selling the CRT just 4.5 years ago, so there have been very few used CRT’s available.

2013 CRT High Side – 15’ 10” length
Includes used BBW galvy trailer, oars, cover, and anchor (all in great shape)
Price: $9,700 (msrp $13,974) – SOLD!


That’s what I heard my son, Wyatt, yell every time we floated this year. And it was. Who knew that fish like water? Rivers up and down the Rockies had plenty of cold, clear water. The fishing started great and has held strong. While we are hoping for another river trip (or two) this year, we will also spend some time over the next couple months following bird dogs, elk and deer. And of course, we are still building the World’s Greatest Drift Boats Monday through Friday!

Wyatt and Lefty

Wyatt and his dog Lefty on the Upper Gunnison River in August

Michele with Gunnison Brown

Wyatt’s mom Michele (and Lefty) admires a pretty Gunnison River Brown

Breaking Shop Dog News… Meet Gus!

Say hello to our newest shop dog, Gus. Gus joined our crew a few months back. While he hardly seems to notice the other shop dogs (Lefty, Ruger, Percy and Fair), he does show lightning fast response to dog treats.  With Walrus (on land) type agility, Gus can put a smile on anyone’s face when he “sort of” runs to greet you.  Stop in and say hi to Gus and the rest of our shop dogs anytime.  Beers shared at 4:30pm daily.

Shop Dog Gus 1

Shop Dog Gus 2

Check out all of our drift boats on our website:

America’s #1 selling polymer drift boat – Made in USA

Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business

email: • phone: 303-678-0055
802 B South Sherman St., Longmont, CO 80501

Custom Handguns Introduced

The Brown Bear (BOND ARMS)

The Brown Bear (BOND ARMS)

The Brown Bear and Big Bear models will be in stores in the coming weeks

GRANBURY, TX, October 15, 2014—For the first time ever, Californians will be able to purchase the unique, Derringer-style Bond Arms pistols from a local dealer. Re-tooled versions of the company’s popular USA Defender, Big Bear and Brown Bear models were designed specifically to be sold in California. The handguns are now shipping and will be available in stores, such as Turner’s Outdoorsman, in the coming weeks.

“California has a robust outdoor market and we’ve worked very hard to have our products available in this state,” says Bond Arms president Gordon Bond. “We’ve been receiving requests from people in California for years, and now they’ll finally be able to experience a Bond firearm. Right now two models, the Big Bear and Brown Bear, are available, but we’re in the process of getting approval for our signature, interchangeable barrels as well.”


The Big Bear (BOND ARMS)

The Big Bear (BOND ARMS)

Both models have a .45 Colt cartridge and have an MSRP of $524, which includes a holster. The two guns are similar, but have their own distinct style, with the Brown Bear sporting an engraved California bear on the wood grip, and the Big Bear featuring a black, rubberized grip and galvanized gray barrel.

Bond Arms has become very well known in the outdoor industry for modifying the classic Derringer-style handguns with improved technology and craftsmanship.

Social Media:
Twitter: @GordonBondArms

Avedon & Colby Launch Signature Line of Performance Field Wear

Avedon and Colby

(Madison, WI) After 30-plus years designing and supervising the manufacturing of over 500 individual styles of distinctive garments and accessories for iconic brands like Willis & Geiger, Orvis,

Beretta, Woolrich and Eddie Bauer, Burt Avedon and Susan Colby have launched a new line of high?performance field wear under their own label: Avedon & Colby. The first garment in the new collection is their Signature Field Shirt, which was introduced on Kickstarter® (search “field shirt” on Kickstarter) and online on October 1st, 2014.

Burt Avedon, a WW II Navy fighter pilot, former Top Gun instructor and president of Willis & Geiger from 1978 until 1999, was inspired to launch the Avedon & Colby Signature Collection on his 90th birthday. “I figured there was no time left to waste, so Susan and I pulled out the stops to get our ideas down on paper and into production”, Avedon explained. “Then somebody asked me ‘Why start at 90?’ and I replied ‘Why the hell not?’ ”

Designed with the philosophy “function not fashion”, the new field shirt incorporates 19 distinct performance features: some “signature” features they developed over the past 40+ years – and two new innovations never seen in a field shirt before.

“Our objective was to create the most comfortable, most functional field shirt you’ll ever wear,” Avedon continued. “So, when it came to quality and attention to detail, we spared nothing. From our

100 percent cotton long?staple bush poplin – in historic “tea?dyed” British Tan – to quality details only found on fine?tailored shirts, we’re confident our Signature Field Shirt will live up to the standards of those who require the very best – and then some.”

Avedon concluded, “Susan and I are very excited to be back to designing premium performance garments for ourselves once again – the way we did together in the early Willis & Geiger days.”

The new Signature Field Shirt is available on Kickstarter until October 31 (search “field shirt”), and can also be pre?ordered on the Avedon & Colby website: The shirt will retail for $179.

About Avedon & Colby

Burt Avedon: After a distinguished career as a Navy fighter pilot serving in combat during both World War II and Korea – and later as a test pilot, Top Gun instructor and a bush pilot in Africa — Burt purchased Willis & Geiger in 1978. Founded in 1902, Willis & Geiger was the major creditor to the original Abercrombie & Fitch when it went into bankruptcy in 1977?78. Armed with a Navy?financed Harvard MBA and three years’ experience as a professional hunter in British East Africa, Burt set about to revive the bankrupt company by re?introducing improved and entirely new versions of many of the iconic Willis & Geiger styles that had so capably outfitted adventurers and explorers like Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and others. When Land’s End closed

Willis & Geiger in 1999 during a company?wide downsizing, Burt and Susan launched their design and consulting firm, Avedon & Colby, to create premium performance wear and accessories for leading outdoor and lifestyle brands.

Susan Colby: Susan joined Burt at Willis & Geiger in 1986 with an art degree from Smith College following a successful career as first an art teacher, then as a member of Westinghouse’s Design Center, Associated Merchandising Corporation, and finally at Paul Stuart/NYC as a designer and buyer.

Together, Burt and Susan designed garments and accessories for Willis & Geiger that blended the classic good taste of a bygone era of wilderness exploration with high?performance features never before seen by outdoor enthusiasts. They continued this tradition after the close of Willis & Geiger, designing premium performance clothing and accessories for leading outdoor and lifestyle brands like Orvis, Beretta, Woolrich, King Ranch, Kevin’s and Eddie Bauer.


Atlas-Mike: A Leader In Fishing Scents

Scent grouping

The Good Sense In Using Scents

By Trey Carskadon

2014 has provided some compelling challenges for freshwater anglers. Scarce water has drawn down a number of popular reservoirs and pulled dozens of rivers and streams to a trickle. There’s pluses and minuses in dealing with these challenges.  Certainly, less water confines fish to smaller areas but it often results in warmer water which profoundly affects the bite on salmonids (salmon, steelhead and trout) but can excite the bite in warmwater species like bass, bluegill and other panfish.

In all cases, you’ll likely have to be more stealthy and pay even closer attention to the fine details.  That means longer casts with lighter line and work to keep your gear further away from the boat.  Certainly, fluorocarbon leaders are one of the many details that pay dividends but one that’s often overlooked and should be used even when conditions are optimum are scent products.

Over the years, scents have been misunderstood. They’re popular in northern California, the northwest and into Alaska but receive surprisingly little use in other parts of the country.  This is due in large part to them being oversold as some kind of magic in a bottle. “Just put this stuff on and stand-back.”

Still, scents are as essential to fishing success as sharp hooks, matched rods and reels and selecting the right bait or lure. Outstanding results are the product of doing lots of things right consistently.

At the very least, scents mask potentially offensive human odors. Ideally, they cause fish to commit to the bait more aggressively than not using scents.  That is, timid biters become aggressive biters.

Bass for example, respond exceptionally well to scents.  Look at the popularity of scented worms to confirm that.  Crawdad scents, baitfish and nightcrawler are all excellent choices.  Understanding what the forage is in the area and duplicating the profile and look (color) of the bait while applying the appropriate scent is a strong strategy.  Having fished numerous plastic worm types, there’s no doubt that a dab of scent results in bass staying with the bait longer than plastics fished without scent.

Salmon, steelhead and trout are suckers for scent too.

Salmon, Chinook salmon especially, have a large olfactory nerve and acute sense of smell. Appealing to that sense and using sardine, herring or even garlic scent delivers a significant advantage to the angler than those who choose to forego the use of scent products. The same is true for steelhead and trout.  Shrimp oil has been a longtime favorite for steelhead and nightcrawler and minnow scents have been winners for trout.

Garlic scents have come on strong for a number of fish species this past decade.  From bass to salmon, guides and recreational anglers have taken to using garlic based scents on plugs and baits.

Atlas-Mike’s has been a world leader in the development of scent products for fishing. Mike’s scent oils are legendary and have been used far and wide by steelhead and salmon anglers for eons. Mike’s Lunker Lotions and UV scents have come on strong in recent years adding even more horsepower to these tried-and-true scent products.

Atlas-Mike’s, also the makers of dozens of different salmon eggs used for fishing, has taken these scents to new levels with tested amino acids, colors and UV enhancements that make their scents even more effective than ever.

But Mike’s would be the first to admit…they are not the silver bullet in fishing.  Scents are an essential detail that shouldn’t be overlooked and will help in convincing fish that your offering is the one to bite.

And that is the good sense in the use of scents.

(920) 563-2046

Dad’s Jerky: Great Taste In Three Easy Steps

Located in Lake Isabella, Dad’s jerky offers delicious products ranging from traditional jerky to dried fruit and nuts.

The art of intense flavor for the do-it-yourselfer

Perfect, intense flavor, that’s all you want. Dad’s began in the home kitchen, went on to processing thousands of pounds of whole muscle beef a month and back to teaching others to make the “perfect batch.” Our commitment is to help you achieve perfection and that’s a promise.

Effective experience, ingredients and equipment

Processing meat and developing the perfect marinade has put us in front of many people. There is always one question: “How do I…”Our sole mission is to help you to process the perfect batch with free advice and great supplies.

We know by public response we have the perfect flavor Injector.

Dad’s is running our ad this month because we know we’re all going into the “roasting months.” Inject that big hunk of meat with some intense flavor, fill the house with intense aroma and wait for that intensely wonderful feast! It’s our goal to help you do that.

We focus by keeping it simple. Whether you buy equipment and want to know how to use it, need a recipe or have a return, we guarantee that we will make you happy. With our satisfaction guarantee and customer service, you can’t lose.

Contact: or call 1-866-905-3759.

The Cedars Lodge: Southeast Alaska Getaway

Photos courtesy of The Cedars Lodge 

Cedars Lodge

Located on Ketchikan’s historic waterfront, The Cedars Lodge offers the best that Southeast Alaska has to offer: luxury accommodations, seasoned guides, top-of-the-line processing equipment to ensure the highest quality for your catch, and exceptional customer service.

The Cedars Lodge seeks out Ketchikan’s finest independent guides and puts them to work for you! Saltwater trips routinely target multiple salmon species, halibut and bottom fish each day. Our freshwater fishing excursions will take you to remote local lakes and rivers, some of which are only fished a few times each year, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Combination guided saltwater fishing and guided freshwater flyouts are also available for the ultimate Alaskan fishing vacation.
Carter and Jess
Choose from deluxe waterfront suites, a mountain view studio with in-room Jacuzzi tub or one of our elegantly appointed standard rooms. All rooms have cable television, telephone, large private bathrooms and plenty of sitting space. One trip to The Cedars Lodge and we’re sure you’ll be anxious to come back
and visit us again!
Ryder fly fishing cropped
Cedars promo


Alien Gear Holsters Introduces The “Cloak Tuck 2.0”


Hayden, Idaho – Alien Gear Holsters recently announced the launch of their newest product, the “Cloak Tuck 2.0”. This PATENT PENDING, Neoprene Composite Holster is Alien Gear Holsters’ most comfortable and stable holster yet. This inside the waistband (IWB) hybrid holster features a lightweight design with a soft neoprene body-side layer that forms perfectly to your hip and provides more comfort than you’ve ever felt in a holster.

President Thomas Tedder explains, “The secret to its improved stability and sturdiness is the inner ABS polymer core. It readily flexes with your body, but won’t sag down with the weight of a h andgun (even the heavy ones).”



This new material is completely waterproof, so concealed carry handgun owners never have to worry about corrosive sweat reaching their pistol. It also includes a fully swappable handgun shell for versatility. The “Cloak Tuck 2.0” holster comes equipped with Alien Gear Holsters’ standard nylon clips, design ed for 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch belts, or steel clips that fit belts up to 1 3/4 inches. For enhanced conceal-ability nylon “C” clips and “J” clips are also available as add-on items.

The MSRP for the “Cloak Tuck 2.0” is $35.88 and is now available at



About Alien Gear Holsters

Founded in 2013, Alien Gear Holsters manufactures premium, incredibly comfortable holsters for concealed carry. Alien Gear

Holsters are the most comfortable holsters on the planet. Any planet. For more information about Alien Gear Holsters, visit

To learn more, please contact:

Tedder Industries

827 W. Prairie Ave, Hayden, ID 83835

Office: (206) 215-2046

Fax: (208) 545-6903

Mike’s Brite-N-Tight: Herring Brines Made Easy

Brite-N-Tight Image


When I saw the Atlas-Mike’s ad headline: “Unscrew The Cap. Pour It On (Trust Me It Gets Much Easier From Here),”  I have to admit it made me smile.

For some, brining bait involves multiple steps and strict adherence to very specific criteria like non-iodized sea salt, distilled water, proper proportions of each and a dash of this-and-that as a bite enhancer.  For others, the brine may start with a few inches of warm water in a 6-pack cooler, some heaping handfuls of noniodized salt and a drop or two of anise. The brine is left to sit for 8 hours so everything dissolves properly as the chlorine dissipates, then distilled water is added, herring and ice.

Brining herring is an imperfect science but several companies are working to take the guesswork out with results that are nothing short of stunning.

Mike’s Brite-N-Tight is one of those products.  And, as the ad says, it’s easy. I cut at least 1,000 herring a season and have experimented with brine solutions for 30 years.  Brite-N-Tight does everything I need it to do. Before I go to sleep, I take my 6-pack cooler, put an ice pack in the bottom of it, a 1-gallon Ziploc in the cooler and on top of the ice pack, pour the Brite-N-Tight in, put my frozen herring in the solution, seal it and go to bed. When I wake up my bait’s perfect and ready-to-fish! It takes a couple minutes – maybe.


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And as the name implies, Brite-N-Tight brightens the bait so it has maximum flash, the scales stay put which further enhances the flash, and the baits “tighten” up so they fish more effectively and don’t tear on the hook.

Over the past couple years of fishing Bright-N-Tight I’ve experimented with adding scents, just a little, to my brine and tried different colors – there are four to choose from, blue, red, green and chartreuse, as well as a “natural.”

King salmon are scent sensitive so not only masking human odors but adding some attraction is a plus and an often overlooked detail. Garlic has become a favorite scent for me, but friends of mine use herring, anise or sardine – all with excellent results.

And if you wrap your plugs, these brines work wonders. Just put your fillets in the brine at the beginning of the day and go from there.

Bottom line, the days of briny guesswork and multiple steps are over.  Success is as easy as opening a bottle and pouring it into a Ziploc.

Clear Creek Sports Club: A NorCal Hunting Tradition Since 1986



Family run since 1986, Clear Creek Sports Club is a 1,400-acre wildlife oasis near Rolling Hills Casino. Two hours from Sacramento, Brad and Evangelina Henman have created a hunters and anglers dreamscape for pursuit of pheasant, sporting clays, pigs, deer, turkey, waterfowl and a 65-acre trophy trout lake to boot!! All you would ever need is here.

The Henman family raises and is famous for their fast-flying pheasants. Anyone who has hunted private pheasant clubs knows that one of the biggest concerns is getting the birds to flush. By growing a medium-sized bird and feeding them a protein-rich diet, Clear Creek has created a challenging and prolific pheasant strain that many say, “Fly like wild birds!!”

With the casino near Clear Creek, the family can enjoy all the activities and fun of vacation for everyone.

Henman states, “We offer the complete outdoor opportunity.” As part of their programming, Clear Creek provides corporate outings and sporting clay shoots. For hunting dog owners, Clear Creek provides field trials and hunt tests.

In 2010, the Master National Hunt Test took place at Clear Creek, drawing the largest crowds that the event had ever seen.

Offering day trips as well as membership packages, you owe it to yourself and your hunting partners to look into Clear Creek Sports Club.


P.O. Box 658 • Chico, CA 95927 (530) 520-4034

Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve: Great Mother Lode Shooting Opportunities


Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve has been in operation since 1962. We release thousands of game birds each year. We are situated on 1,500 acres of valley and rolling hills.

Our preserve features upland game birds (pheasants, chukar, valley quail) and waterfowl (flighted mallard ducks and Canadian honker geese), which makes Camanche Hills one of the most diversified hunting preserves in California.

We also have three 10-station sporting clay courses, four 5-stands, grouse bunkers, and a trap-and-skeet range. We have held several large sporting clay events, such as the California State Shoots, 7-Zone Championships (13 Western states), Ducks Unlimited shoots, and we have hosted the Western Regional Sporting Clay championship.

The clubhouse has a restaurant, which is open every day except Tuesday during the hunting season and open Friday to Sunday in the off-hunting season. The hunting preserve operates its season from October 1 of each year to March 15, and sporting clays are open year-round. We often do corporate events – sporting clay or hunting – in the clubhouse.

The clubhouse is beautiful and overlooks the lake. We have seating for 75 inside as well as a 60-by-26-foot shade/rain structure on the back lawn to accommodate large events. There is also a large built-in barbecue structure. We have even had a few evening weddings on the back lawn.; (209) 763-5270