All Outfitters – One Stop Adventure Vaca Shop!

AllOutfitters


In our frenetic daily lives people want streamlined, organized, and easy to digest information right now, and at their fingertips. Consider the stats: 1 BILLION Google searches each day, and 41.6 MILLION searches an hour mean people have become used to finding the answer or resource they are searching for in a matter of seconds. We are spoiled in that way. Seriously, why waste time searching 15 sites? Imagine a website that acts as a search engine for outdoor hunting and adventure based trips?

Meet AllOutfitters.com. A comprehensive website launched in 2012 by two Midwestern brothers features the ultimate resource for hunting, fishing, wingshooting, and adventure outfitters. The complete resources of the website puts guides, lodges, and charters throughout North America literally at your fingertips, and would make Larry Csonka’s head spin.

AllOutfitters.com is the world’s largest online adventure directory featuring 15,000+ listings and counting, and doesn’t plan on stopping soon. The beauty of it is in the “social” aspect of it. All lodges/outfitters can have a listed profile, and just like Google, if you pay you will get “featured listing” status. Either way the connection to the information you need to make decisions is packaged up in front of you.

What I love the most is the ease of use, and often times websites miss the mark on simple, streamlined flow, and what users expect from their visit. Lately we have been shopping for a car, and sites like cars.com or vehix.com make the car shopping and research process a breeze. AllOutfitters takes this same concept in their easy browse and search functions called “Build A Trip”. Each trip selection that you choose based on sport and location will only display choices from your specific search and preferences of location and trip! You pick what you want, and the options come to you. How Google of them?! So whether you are wanting to knock down a Moose in ‘da Yukon, or slay some Marlin in the Caribbean while sipping a Landshark it’s all right here.

Results are presented with everything you need and all of their information listed (location, accomodations, methods, equipment, guides, seasons, limits, trip durations, prices, travel, weather, and what to bring). Also, they upload photo galleries as well as field reports which keep people up to date with anything they want, such as “check out this 50 inch muskie caught today, what a brute!”, or “limit of pheasant shot before 10 am” or maybe just to post daily fishing reports… whatever they want, and it’s all there.

AllOutfitters doesn’t plan on stopping with trips, all your field needs are addressed. Including a feature for “Gun Dog Breeders” to find your perfect companion when in the field! Check out AllOutfitters.com. Find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @AllOutfitters

Fly Fishing the Looking Glass

Eagle, MI

We had a great chance yesterday to get out and wet some line, doing some fly fishing for bass on the Looking Glass River.  The Looking Glass runs East to West before it slams into the Grand River in Portland, MI.  From DeWitt (20 mins. north of Lansing) the river runs clear (with hints of tea) on a gravel and boulder bottom.  This provides good pocket water fishing, and deep holes and downed logs make great bass habitat! Even though fly fishing in the Midwest often involves a roll cast, or “a chuck N duck” approach because of heavy vegetation, I was able to wade the river at no more than crotch deep levels (thank God it wasn’t cold) and open to a full cast with no hassle. 

 
My casting felt solid and I was able to find a great hidden stretch north of Eagle, MI surrounded on both sides by fields and high trees, so I had a true solitary feeling. Well not really, my dog Gus joined and I made a day of it, as he simply swam circles and sat in the water next to me. He literally was born for water.  For his first fly fishing trip he did great, and maybe can learn to sit on the bank next time.
I got into one smallie, but I lost her in the fight on my 4 weight trout rod (SAGE 4-piece).  My buddy Kris told me that the bass fight a little stronger, so I need to give them some leeway, and let ‘em run a bit.  We will definitely be back to this spot in the coming weeks and months.
~EJ
   

Fall Brookies in Wisconsin

"Roll Cast" - Artist David J. Rogers

A fantastic video outside of Muscoda, WI featuring small stream stalking of Brook Trout.  Midwestern Fly Fisherman should expect to hear more “slurps” on the surface as we head deeper into fall.  Doesn’t this make you want to wade into a cool northern stream, with fall colors exploding all around?

Tight Lines!

Nice Catch… Now Get The Shot

As trout and salmon fly fishing heats up here in Michigan, I think it’s important to discuss some ideas to capture that catch of a lifetime!  A picture will give you a hall pass from having to continue to lie, ahem, I mean stretch your stories of those glorious fish that didn’t make the lens…

A Yooper Brown!

Here is some tips:

Have a decent camera:  That “party boy” point-and-shoot from college won’t cut it anymore.  Get a camera with a good lens, focus settings, and a price tag more than $200 (Nikon or Canon will do the trick).

Get a decent case:
Like always, protection is key.  Try the Patagonia Stormfront backpack for those days on the river. Or a Lowepro Chest Harness for those less sketchy and exposed spots hiking or in shallow streams.

Use a tripod:  Stablize your shot but using a small tripod.  Go ahead and put the legs in the water! No tripod?  Lay on the bank and shoot out or up using a rock.

Get closer:  I mean really close.  Most shots are taken from 10 feet away.  Get closer to your subject, or have the fisherman hold the subject out closer toward the lens.

Auto focus:  Most digital camera’s nowadays have an auto focus feature.  So many people just point and shoot!  Hold down your shooting button halfway for about 2 seconds, then put the rest of the way down once the auto focus takes over.

Shoot from different angles:  Squat down or climb on a log.  Different shot angles can add depth and focus to your shot to make things more interesting.

A Westslope Cutty

Tight lines this fall!

EJ