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Kevin is a passionate fishing guide and photographer who specializes in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

December 26, 2011

Antarctic season number 6.

With season number 6 behind me, I'm looking at all the amazing opportunities I've had over the years and all the images I've been sitting on for far too long. Many new and old images are available for viewing and purchase on my website
Have a looksie.

December 16, 2011

South Fork fly fishing with Josh Holloway on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 1

There’s a reason people come to the Southfork, Snake River for fly fishing. Even the famous ones can’t get enough.

December 4, 2011

Signs of Antarctica.

As if life at Mcmurdo station wasn't weird enough (artsy). Here's a taste of the things we're left to interpret yourself. The Glitter, Dreams and Urine Soaked pants containers are new additons to the station this season. Makes you wonder what happend over the winter. Hmmmm. It's all in good fun 8-

November 18, 2011

The Green River needs your help!!

The Green River Needs Your Help: A Letter from Kurt Finlayson Posted on 11/18/2011 by admin Angling Trade Magazine.
Hello Fishing Friends, Hopefully you have had a year full of fishing adventures and are taking advantage of the fantastic fall! Today, I am writing for your help in the support of trout and the beautiful places they live. Unfortunately, the “Million Pipeline” has reared its ugly head once again. This terrible project won’t die and has moved into a public comment period. My fishing buddy, Lance Egan, wrote a great piece about it on his FF blog and provides some details about this project. It affects the Green River in Utah and Wyoming by diverting water to the Colorado front range. This would be a devastating blow to the landscape of this beautiful area. I know for some of you this may be a long way from where you fish but it is a very special place that I hope you can help us save. Take a few minutes to learn about it and then make your opinion a part of the proceedings by following the instructions below. It is very easy and only takes a minute or two!!

To leave comments on

1. Go to
2. Go to Documents and Filings
3. Go to eComment Click on the orange “ecomment” box.

Next it will ask for your name and email address. Once given, you will receive an email with a link to the comment form.

The Docket # for the Flaming Gorge Pipeline is p-14263

If you are not sure what to say, you can review what others have said by looking here:

Enter the docket # p-14263 and hit “SUBMIT”.

Then look under any filing and hit the “FILE LIST” link and then hit the “XXXXX.TXT” link.

Open comment period runs until Dec. 17th, 2011 so do it NOW!

If we haven’t chatted for awhile, feel free to drop me a line and let me know how you are doing!

Catch ya’ later, Kurt

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October 16, 2011

Tricky little devils.

Bright and early, was the start to our morning. Abel and I headed straight to a "sure thing" for pheasants in our region. We needed to find out how many new moves these tricky little devils were going to bust out this season. As mentioned in a blog entry for some upland brothers over at mouthful of feathers had to say about ditch parrots.
"They've been going over their playbook and have been scrimmaging during off season."

Well, so have we. Abel even improvised today, and I watched him tunnel through 15 feet of (250 thread count) native grass so thick, I couldn't find him or the pheasant he was flushing. Needless to say, we limited.

Now, back to the playbook so we can perfect our second season playaction pass.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

July 31, 2011

First Carp

Jeff Judkins with his first taste of the Carp King. It didn't take Jeff long to put his fly fishing mastery to use of these difficult fish. Jeff was patient and precise. He made the cast and set the hook on several carp this day. Well done Amigo.

July 3, 2011

Big water success on the South Fork

Another AWESOME day of fishing with David and Jacob. This was year four of guiding the father and son duo. Every year is a magical one with these anglers, and this year was no different, even with the river being swollen to the gills. The South Fork is running at over 17,000 cfs, the visibility is about a foot deep and the fishes are having a hard time seeing anything that resembles food. But, our persistance paid off handsomely. 15 fish were landed and four were trout. One really nice 19" Brown Trout was landed by David. Nice work guys. See you next year.

June 6, 2011

CarpFest: Smithhammer takes CarpFest Crown

CarpFest: Smithhammer takes CarpFest Crown: "Bruce Smithhammer, CarpMeister Bruce Smitthammer, a fly fishing guide and freelance writer from Victor, Idaho, came from behind with sec..."

Prepping for a Key West visit

On a whim, heading to key west for some tarpon action. I hope! Capt Andrew Asher will be flying his new flats boat and we'll see what kind of adventure we can drum up. More in a few days. Stay tuned.

May 16, 2011

Save the Teton River. Let’s not forget!

Let’s not forget the recent past, that is still our possible future in Idaho.

The Lees Ferry weekend. Putting the hurt on......

A fine weekend spent with the old Lees ferry Crew. Representing are Capt. Brad Shallenberger, Capt. David Dunn, Capt. Tyson Warren, myself and Abel my dog. We rendezvoused back in the old stomping grounds on the mighty Colorado River. 

Fast and furious was this gathering. From the opening meeting with several already back, we cracked open another “road soda” to quench the desert thirst. That is what I came here for anyhow. A bit of warmth after having spent my winter in Antarctica and Greenland supporting science for the NSF was what this fella needed. And doing so with these troubled souls was in order. Bring it! By the end of our first five hours together I already knew I would be hurting and thirsty in the morning. 

And was I ever. I think the michelin man skid out on my tongue in my sleep. But the day brought sunshine       and        heat        and           thirst.             So, I cracked open a few more “sodas”  and got after it. During this time we managed to hook a few and even land some. It’s nice to be in familiar terrain and have the confidence to make an ass of yourself when the night comes around. But, that’s another story.........                                

May 15, 2011

Sharp Tailed Grouse with a honey turmeric glaze

Sharp Tailed Grouse with a honey turmeric glaze Stuffed with onion, garlic, coriander seed and cumin seed over a bed of wheat berries.

April 10, 2011

The Greenland Traverse is a success, so far!

The Greenland Inland Traverse GrIT was not looking good, as we reviewed the satellite imagery. In fact, not a single one of us thought that we could pull it off this year. So, what are we doing? This is a National Science Foundation funded project ran by Polar Field Services PFS, in conjunction with Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab CRREL to traverse via Case Tractors nearly 45, 000 gallons of fuel and supplies 750 miles across the Greenland icecap to Summit science station. The idea is to cut down the cost and emissions from the old method of flying the supplies to the station on military LC-130 Herc’s. My part in the deal is as a field safety mountaineer. I work with four others to drive the first 65 miles and establish a route though the many crevasse fields.

You can see the imagery in one of these photos from an area of about 5 square miles. What we had to do here was drive a Pisten Bully, a tracked vehicle, in a zig-zag formation between the crevasses and find the edges of them and make sure they’re a minimum of 75 feet apart. We call this area the Needle, since we have to essentially “thread the needle”

To pass the time, I brought a copy of The Flyfish Journal with me.

A panoramic shot from my iPhone and stitched together with the AutoStitch App.

This was an awesome storm with wind speeds well over 40 knots and gusts to 50 knots, which lasted about 16 hours. Here we’re trying to secure the tents a bit better.

You can see the zig-zig tracks back to our final camp, well from here.

This was one of the science projects that tested the durability of a “Airbeam” building which utilizes air inflated tubes for the structure rather than metal or wood. It didn’t fair so well as you can see.

Now we’ll hope for the best as the tractors get ready for their departure and a 1.5 month expedition.

Good luck boys.