Two years have now officially passed since my first blog post.

It’s been a great ride so far, and I consider myself fortunate to have the modest audience I do. I’m also fortunate to have met–in real life–a couple dozen people I’ve connected with through the blog and social media circles, including other writers, photographers, industry players and good folks who just love to fish and hunt.

I don’t have any sort of giveaway to commemorate the occasion. What I do have is a list of other outdoor writers that I read and admire greatly. While this doesn’t cover every blog or writer I read, these are the ones I drop in on most frequently.

40 Rivers to Freedom – Alex Cerveniak just recently moved back to his native Michigan from central NY and has taken his writing with him. I’ve enjoyed his stream and field reports, opinion pieces and photography for a while now, but he’s found a really strong stride since returning home.

Fishing Jones – There are people who say they travel everywhere with a fly rod, and then there’s Pete McDonald who catches bass out of an airport pond before he heads for security check-in. He’s got a knack for packing a lot into a short post and also just published a beautiful book of essays and photography with Tosh Brown.

Mouthful of Feathers – I can’t help but wish I lived out west with a bird dog and a few bird-hunting comrades when I read the shorts that these six guys write. The stories are unflinching and well crafted. The imagery is as big as the country they turn their dogs loose on.

Fat Guy Fly Fishing – The trio of Alex Landeen, Aaron Dennett and Kyle Deneen dish up healthy portions of snarky opinion, fat bass pics and epic reports from events like Carp Slam and Wrinkleneck 22. You’re just going to have to see for yourself.

LO FI FLY – Probably my favorite recent find. The Unicorn Wrangler fishes with good buds in Canadian big fish locales and posts solid pics, video and write-ups. Plus he dredges up some ill (yea, I said ill) old-skool (and new-skool) lo-fi photos and videos that have nothing to do with fishing or the outdoors, and has singlehandedly made cussing a formal element of creative writing. Dig it.

Mysteries Internal – Erin Block is translating solitude and a life lived simply into a beautiful, ongoing conversation between herself and the world around her. Her stories and anecdotes about fishing and life move with an ease and poesy that remind me of why I was so drawn to writing in the first place: it forces you to slow down and pay attention.

Arizona Wanderings – Ben Smith spends a lot of time outdoors, and not just in Arizona. He fly fishes small Arizona and Adirondack mountain streams and big Alaskan and PacNW rivers. He hunts javelina and mule deer with a recurve. He hunts birds. He ties a mean hopper pattern. And he puts up great reports from his wandering.

fishbeer – Reading Matt Dunn’s blog is like skiing a new mountain in the dark. One moment you’ll be bombing along, adrenaline wide open and hollering, and the next you’ll be flat on your back spitting out bark and your fronts. His mind works in ways I wish mine would, and his writing is in lock-step.

Hunt Ducks, Hook Fish – Pete Thrubis is another dude that spends a lot of time outdoors, and has been known to park his truck with duck/bass boat in-tow in the parking lot at work. His no-frills, Michigan blue-collar voice tells a great story regardless of season, quarry or success. And his appreciation for that time outdoors always carries some good perspective.

The Fiberglass Manifesto – I know this one might go without saying, but I’m saying it. While TFM is a site that explores the Glass Lifestyle, Cameron has established a mainstream daily resource for new gear reviews, industry news, and promoting the sport of fly fishing as a whole. While I may not tune-in to every custom rod build report, I do look forward to fishing some glass in the near future.

Bonefish on the Brain – I’m not sure how he does it, but Bjorn Stromsness drops a post every day about his beloved bonefish or places to fish for his beloved bonefish or small island shacks he dreams of inhabiting so he could chase his beloved bonefish full-time. I’m just about convinced that I need to find some salt soon.

The Outdooress – Rebecca Garlock has been a tad busy, what with starting the Outdoor Blogger Network, running around the Oregon countryside for salmon and chasing browns on River X with yours truly. Thankfully, I have her word that she’s about to play some serious catch-up on her stable of stories. I’m looking forward to some more humor and big fish pics.



Filed under In the woods, On the water


  1. Congrats on two years! Enjoy your site a ton, and look forward to the next two.


  2. I taken some time today, to go back through and read some of your earliest posts. The ones I missed, having just shown up this year. And — your poetry redeemed this day for me. Thank you for that, Matt…for your writing. It’s never skimmable…

  3. Congrats and a big thanks. Very kind of you to put me up there with those quality sites. One of these days we need to hook up and hit one of those Adirondack creeks together.


  4. Congratulations, Matt! =) I am looking forward to more!

  5. Thanks Matt. Glad to know who my reader is.

  6. NightCrawler

    Keep up the good work. I enjoy your positive and insightful posts. Fish on!

  7. Congrats on the milestone. I enjoy reading your posts. Your shout-out means a lot to me. Thank you.

    • fishingpoet

      My pleasure Pete. You’re getting into some of my favorite seasonal posts on your blog…waterfowling. I’ll be getting into some bowhunting soon.
      Change does a body good.

  8. As it has literally been my job to stay abreast of everything going on the world of fly fishing for the past couple years, I can say with utmost certainty that the average fly fishing blog is to a McDonald’s cheeseburger as fishing poet is to a five star resort’s prime rib.

    Since I do most of my blog reading via RSS, I don’t leave very many comments out there, but wanted to let you know that you’re a very gifted writer, a pleasure to fish and camp with, and have an open invitation to come fish northern Michigan whenever you want. Just get here, I’ll take care of the rest.

    Keep on keeping on, and thanks for the shout out above. I’m still burned out, but starting to want to write for the sake of writing again.

    • fishingpoet

      Thank you Alex. I’m not sure about prime rib, but I dig the analogy and appreciate you saying as much. Glad you’re settling in enough to get back to writing for you. Like I said, I can see it happening already.
      You can count on a visitor (or two) from NY. Definitely.

  9. Mucho Respeck on the milestone that is an enormous amount of work. Thank you for the good words and including us with such respectable company. I agree with the prime rib thing….i guess that makes us a turd sandwich.

    • fishingpoet

      Yea man. It was like you guys just rolled up out front, punched the bouncer and walked in. Glad I found it.
      Turd is the new awesome…like sick, nasty, bad or retarded.
      Thanks for checking in, U-Dub.

  10. nice list, i also follow your blog. congrats…

  11. Way to go Matt! Keep up the great work.

  12. Congrats dude. And thanks for the shout.

  13. Congrats on your anniversary. Thanks for recommending Mouthful of Feathers. Looks like a great read so far.

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