Some really awesome video from Freshwaters Illustrated about our beloved Southern Appalachian brook trout.  They’ve got some other neat films on their Vimeo page as well.  The hellbender one has some really cool underwater footage of the animal.

I had the privilege to come across one while wading a stream a few years back – they are very cool, blend in really well with their environment – most folks have no idea two foot long salamanders exist in North Georgia, but they do!


The Fly Fishing Film Tour will be back at Orvis in Baton Rouge in 2015.  Alex and the gang will be hosting the event Friday February 27th at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.  I’m not sure if ticket sales have started, but the date has been posted and I believe tickets will only be available through the store this year – so stop by the store for more details.  You can watch trailers for some of the F3T lineup here:

2015 F3T

Baton Rouge beer aficionados and animal lovers take notice, Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo have an event coming up that I think you’ll be interested in. It’s called Brew at the Zoo and below are the details:


“October 10, 2014, 6pm to 10pm

Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo is hosting its first annual Brew at the Zoo on Friday, October 10. As summer temperatures wane and the leaves begin to change colors, guests (21 and older only) are invited to the Zoo for an evening of food, beer, music and more. Come and sample dozens of craft beers as you stroll past the Zoo’s wildlife, or show off your “safari chic” style while listening to the sounds of West Without.


You can click any of the pictures for more details and to register for the event. My wife and I are really looking forward to this and are hoping some of our friends get signed up as well, it should be a really fun time. Who doesn’t want to sample a bunch of beers while walking around the zoo at night? I’ve enjoyed the banner ads I’ve seen on Facebook as well:



LA Scenario


“Louisiana is drowning, quickly.

In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.  And it’s going to get worse, even quicker.”

It’s worth taking a look at what the future holds for coastal Louisiana, even if it ruins your day.  I try not to think about how different our coast will look in 50 years, but I know it will be drastic – even if we fully implement CPRA’s Master Plan.  It is truly a bleak situation.