Make EVERY Effort

Like water cutting into banks over time forming the character of a streams, so our character is formed over time. The difference? We can bring intentionality to how we are formed.

The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

One of my favorite Bible verses is Matthew 11:28-30.   28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my…
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ALTAR: More Than A Name

The question has been asked, “Why the name Altar Fly Fishing?”  Great question. Altars carried great significance in the Bible and for the people who experienced altars.   Altars were places: Where people offered a variety of sacrifices for a variety of reasons They represented and often created significant moments marking people’s lives (remember Abraham and Isaac, Elijah,…
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Make the First Cast Count

I have been blessed to have fished with several different guides in several different fishing situations: trout, steelhead, salmon, wading, drifting, high lakes, spring creeks and large rivers.  Many of the stories I remember and tell come from the guides and people I have fished with.   Stewart is a guide in Colorado that has been…
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Turning Over Rocks: Looking For Signs of Life and Possibility

Rivers and streams are full of life that often goes undetected.  Every day this ecosystem is alive with aquatic life from flies to fish (and much more).  As fly fishermen/women we are trying to solve the puzzle in our part of the stream on a specific day so we can present our best cast with…
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Confessing a “BLOW UP”

I could not believe that I did it again!  Coming upon a great hole on the stream that HAD to hold fish.  Eager to peer into the clear water I walked up to the spot beside the stream and BOOM…fish scattered everywhere.  I had committed one of the fly fishing cardinal sins…I had blown up a hole. …
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The Ultimate Mend: Reflections On God’s Grace at Easter

Mend!  Mend!  Mend!  I don’t know how many times I have heard those words from the fabulous river guides I have had on float trips.  They weren’t being mean, they were helping me, pointing out that my flies were not floating properly.  Either they were dragging in the current or my fly line was getting…
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After months of work, preparations, and prayer, the first Altar Fly Fishing retreat launched with meaning and impact.  This past weekend, 18 people (fisherman, guides, and chefs) hit the Driftless Region near Viroqua, WI to participate in a retreat titled DriftLESS Men: Navigating the Streams of Life.  Here are a few highlights from the trip: Each day…
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Registration Now Open: Altar Fly Fishing Montana October 10-12 The purpose of Altar Fly Fishing is to merge faith and fly fishing into a common stream.  Altar’s fishing trips seek to create intentional moments with God and others through teaching, reflection, prayer, creation and fly fishing that will lead to lasting change in your daily and weekly…
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Drift-LESS Men

Drift-LESS Men Navigating the Streams of Life with ConfidenceMay 17-19, 2019  |  Viroqua, WI Area REGISTER: The streams of life can be fast-paced with aggressive lifestyles, leaving many men fighting for footing to keep ourselves afloat. We often desire a deeper relationship with God and those closest to us, but have little capacity to invest more of ourselves. Many men…
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