Howler Dispatch: 2016 Privateers Wet and Wild

Posted on August 17, 2016


Four straight days of 12-plus hour drives landed us in Bend, Oregon. Upon arrival, we headed over to one of Bend’s many local breweries to decompress and plan our next move.

The following days were filled with trips along the scenic highway to get peeks at Mt. Bachelor’s peak, paddle boarding in Devil’s Lake, and fishing tiny streams for brookies just outside of the town of Sisters with new friends. Luckily a hot tip steered us towards Crater Lake before we had to depart for Outdoor Retailer convention in SLC. What an amazing spot!

During the week of OR we made plans to head to Dutch John and meet up with Howler Ambassador Colby Crossland and last year’s Howler Privateer, Drew Ruff. And after one last breakfast with our crew at the local diner, we did just that.

Drew greeted us at Dripping Springs Campground with elk and venison tacos - what an awesome start. Together we made our way to Colby Crossland's bonfire party. Colby set us up to go out fishing the next day with the infamous Thomas Flemons of Diablo Paddlesports, and boy was he out there tearing it up. After a great day on the water, we met up at Colby’s to pay our thanks and say our goodbyes, then hit the road with Drew destined for his family's place outside Steamboat, CO.

We arrived at the Ruff household shortly after sundown and admired their view. On to creek patrol in search of anything that would take a fly, then we headed up into the thick stuff to shoot some skeet and swap some stories. 

These last two weeks have been incredible to say the least as we continue to get spoiled with good times and even better people. The next leg includes the Casting for a Cure competition, Montana, and Wyoming until we start making our way back to the east coast.