Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing

I hope you can peruse and enjoy this series on ‘the ultimate guide to fly fishing’. You may think you know it all…but I bet that if you take a minute and stroll through the pages you will find that there is some very useful information. If nothing else then pass along this well done […] Read more »

My Dad

If you have been an avid follower of my blog then you know how important my father, Ivan Carmichael, was to me. I haven’t done much fishing in the past few months; partly due to a pretty crappy winter here in southern Indiana…and partly due to the fact that my dad has been fading away. […] Read more »

Pheasant Hunting the PQ Ranch with Jim Merten


While this is a fly fishing site, many of you who have followed for a while know that I have long been an upland bird hunter, pheasants to be very specific. Truth is that I find a large number of similarities between pheasant hunting-following a good bird dog…and chucking a streamer in search of a […] Read more »

A Day Afield for Pheasants at the PQ Ranch in Indiana


If I am lucky, each year I get to extend my pheasant season just a bit longer as the result of an invite from my good friends Jim Merten and Skip Hendricks. These two ‘Sportsmen’ along with a few other fellow conservationists have taken 450 acres of Indiana farmland and turned it into one amazing […] Read more »

Astoria – The Follow Up to Lewis and Clark

As you may know after reading my column here in The Journal for a while…I am an adventurists, a traveler and someone who loves to read and experience the history of our great nation-The United State of America. Before leaving on my most recent trip to Montana I purchased a copy of a book written […] Read more »

2016 Another Year

2016: Two Thousand Sixteen or Twenty-Sixteen; no matter how you say it, we have arrived at yet another year. Keep in mind that the kids entering high school this upcoming fall were born after Y2K! They don’t know what it is to actually be physically connected to a phone…in fact I am guessing that most […] Read more »