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Roger Goeschel found the love of his life when he met Jane. Not only was she smart and beautiful, but she shared many of the same interests and Roger. He remembers her fondly.


Jim and Martha Schwartz own the Poor Fish Ranch in western Idaho. It is an oasis in the middle of and Idaho countryside. Hospitality, creativity, passion, and fish now fill a property that was once a wasteland of weeds and cheat grass. Music (In order of appearance): "Etude" by Ondrosik "Rotisserie Graveyard" by Doctor Turtle "J'ai toujours prefere le gris" by Monplaisir "Even When We Fall" by Phillip Weigl


On October 19, 2008, Anthony Eastman DeChandt passed away at the young age of 67. he was known by hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts by the name Tony Dean. Tony's career spaned over 25 years including radio, written word, television, and seminar presentations.  To remember Tony on this 9th anniversary of his death, we talked with three people who know him well.  Here is a nice write-up about Tony Dean in the Capital Journal.   Music (in order of appearance): "Keith" - Huma Huma "Balti" - Blue Dot Sessions "Front Porch Sitter" - Audionautix "That Kid in the Forth Grade who Really Liked the Denver Broncos" - Chris Zabriskie "The Voyage" - Audionautix


Mike Stracco was a reverse-retired angler spending summers in Alaska, and winters travelling the world to chase fish. His laid-back nomadic lifestyle was flipped upside down after a small pup picked the scruffy guy in camp to hang out with. Music:   "First Day" - Huma Huma   "Nevada City" - Huma Huma   "North" - Silent Partner   "Even When We Fall" by Phillip Weigl


Michael Stracco was featured in "A dog named Fish" episode of the Fish Stories podcast. He told this story about working in Alaska that exemplify the dangers of working in the last frontier.


Doug "Duke" Seiner is a lifelong angler from Mitchell South Dakota.   He's also my dad.  He is one of those dads who goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has a good experience.  You know, the kind of dad who would create/host outdoor events, make trophies, take you out of school early to go hunting fishing and sometimes (albeit unknowingly) embarrass you in front of a crowd.  Another thing he has always been good at is telling stories. Fish Stories is about family, friends, and the anglers we care about. At the end of the day, that’s a lot of what fishing is to my dad.  Music (In order of Appearance): Puzzle Pieces - Lee Rosevere RSPN - Blank and Klatt  Siesta - Jahzzar Cold Funk - Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100499 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ "Fargo" - Riot


Dan Frasier has a genesis story that is a bit different from most. His mother, Joyce, was the person primarily responsible for teaching him how to fish, and feeding his fishing curiosity as a youngster. This story is about Joyce and the impact she has had on the Frasier family fishing traditions. Joyce grew up fishing with her grandfather, and has always had fishing in her life. She fell in love with the sport at an early age and has been at it ever since. After Dan began fly fishing, he took Joyce under his wing and taught her the ropes. That has become her new passion. She loves fishing with her children and her grandchildren, and she loves fishing on her own. Most of all...she loves sharing her stories and her experiences with the ones she cares about. Music (in order of appearance): "Tonto" - Silent Partner "Chances" - Silent Partner "Sugar Pines" - Wes Hutchinson "Someone's in the Kitchen" - Ella Frasier "Bittersweet" - Silent partner


DeWitt Clinton Booth, or “D.C.” as he insisted on?being called, came to South Dakota in 1899 to become the youngest hatchery superintendent in the country. What he created has become the gem of a community, and an archive of fisheries knowledge.  His legacies lives on through an ever-expanding fisheries archive, active youth activities, 150,000+ visitors each year, and fish production/stocking within South Dakota and beyond.  Visit the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives online to learn more about planning your next visit or to contribute to their very important work.    Music (in order of appearance):  "Featherlight" - Lee Rosevere "Water in the creek (Instrumental Version)" - Josh Woodward "Going Home" - Lee Rosevere


Casey Weismantel is the Director of the Aberdeen CVB, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. He told one of his earliest fishing memories, one that has helped shape his outdoor perspective and passion. Music (In order of appearance): "Swamp Stomp" - Silent Partner "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "We Were Once Kings" - Silent Partner


This is the story about Duane Hjelm's (pronounced Jelm) first win on the National Walleye Tour, fishing a lake he had never fished before pre-fishing for six days prior. Duane is from Ft. Pierre, S.D. and has aspirations for being a better angler in the future. He tells a great story about his early career success.


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