About Me


Hi, my name’s Julian, and I started this website back in 2004 to share my passion for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, camping and the Great Outdoors.

I live in Colorado, where there are abundant opportunities to explore nature and embark on new outdoor adventures every month of the year.

This site has grown considerably over the years, and the sport of kayaking has grown along with it. Today paddling encompasses more than just kayaking and canoeing, it includes wave surfing, stand up paddling, and other niche sports. Many anglers now use yaks as fishing platforms, and competitive kayaking is a growing, vibrant sport of its own.

I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through this website over the years, and I get emails every week from paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to share their experiences and paddlesport adventures. I’ve heard from folks in Russia, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, and many other countries around the world. And they all share a passion for getting out there, spending time with family and friends, and experiencing all that life has to offer.

So thanks for stopping by and have a look around. This site is updated regularly with new articles and information, tips and tricks, product reviews and more. I write much of the content myself, but I also have some volunteers who contribute to the site, and we post items from guest bloggers and writers as well.

I hope you enjoy your visit here at the Kayaking Journal, and please come back when you get the chance. And if you’d like to drop me an email, you can use the contact form and I’d love to hear from you.


Julian Thompson

Other Contributors

trapperRudd John “Trapper” Rudd

Address: Cutthroat Anglers Silverthorne, Colorado and Naples, FL Phone: 970–262–2878 Website: www.fishcolorado.com Email: jrudd2004@comcast.net

Bio: Trapper will fish anywhere, anytime, with anyone. Finding pity for land-lubbers, Trap spreads the lore of fly fishing to the masses both through his shop and during his extensive International travels. Self admitted, he would be happy lost at sea on a dingy as long as he had a fly rod and handful of flies.

Trapper is often seen on many Television and Cable flyfishing programs guiding friends and celebrities. Trap is also a regular feature on the Master Outdoorsman on ClearChannel radio. Trap has contributed to numerous books, articles and features and is also an “Editor at Large” for Flyfish America Magazine. We like to call it “Editor Livin’ Large”. Trapper was just featured on “Legends of Rod and Reel” airing on “The Outdoor Channel” in 2008.

Affiliations: Trapper is on the G.Loomis VIP fishing team and sponsored by numerous angling companies. Fishing Location/Species: If it has gills and swims…Trap has caught it!

steveKean Steve Kean

Address: North Truro, MA Phone: 508–561–7102 Website: www.capecodfishingexpeditions.com Email: steve@capecodfishingexpeditions.com

Bio: Each fishing expedition is custom designed to fit your skill level and fishing goals. I will interview you first and ask you how much experience you have, your physical ability, and most importantly your vision of the perfect charter.

Only kayakers with intermediate or better experience are allowed on a kayak expedition. You must be very comfortable with a sit on top kayak. Kayaking the flats is generally pretty easy. Much of the paddling is done with the current and there is not much fishing done from the kayak. The kayaks are used mainly for transportation. Kayak fishing in the ocean is for experienced kayakers only. The water is deep, the current is strong, there are many boats and the fish are big.

During your Cape Cod Fishing and Cape Cod Fly Fishing charter, you will fish prime locations all along the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Monomoy Flats and Cape Cod Bay. These are some of the best locations in the world to Fly Fish for Striped Bass and Bluefish from the shore and on the crystal clear flats. The Cape Cod area features seemingly endless sandy beaches with plenty of moving water, points, bowls, sluiceways, tidal rivers and flats to choose from. All of the clear surrounding waters are rich with life. Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary is located only 3 miles offshore.

Jerry DarkesjerryDarkes

Address: Strongsville, OH Phone: 440–781–3906 Website: www.acs-thefishdog.blogspot.com Email: jdacs55@aol.com

Bio: Jerry Darkes is a fly tackle sales rep, instructor/guide, and writer based in northern OH. He has over 4 decades of fly fishing experience in both fresh and saltwater and is recognized as an expert on Great Lakes steelhead and warm water fly fishing. He is also a member of the Scott Fly Rod Pro Staff.

Darkes has been featured in several books and video/DVD productions about Great Lakes fly fishing and has authored numerous articles about the region. He is also a well-known fly tyer and has created a series of Guide Patterns instructional fly tying DVDs focusing on Great Lakes steelhead and other gamefish.

Affiliations: Patagonia, Scott Fly Rods, Scientific Anglers, Nautilus Reels, Eumer Tube Fly Components, Daiichi Hooks, Pacific Fly Group, William and Joseph. Fishing Location/Species: Based in northern OH and travel the Great Lakes region.  Favorite fish is the one the end of my line.

kenmorrowKen Morrow

Address: Hinesville, GA Phone: 417–766–3003 Website: www.kenmorrow.net Email: ken@kenmorrow.net

Bio: Ken Morrow is a Certified Adaptive Fly Fishing Practitioner and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Angler Educator who serves as the President of the Adaptive Fly Fishing Institute, Inc. With over three decades of fly fishing and paddling experience, Ken specializes in fly fishing instruction and opportunities for people with a variety of disabilities. The adaptive sports philosophy of helping participants to achieve the highest level of independent function they can without compromising their safety drives Ken’s approach. He has been featured on TV and in print from ESPN’s Sportscenter to Florida Sportsman Magazine, and is a Contributing Editor at Florida Fly Fishing Magazine. Look for Ken’s first book in 2012, The Adaptive Fly Fishing Handbook.

Affiliations: Peak Pro Fly Tying Team, Hexagraph Fly Rods, HaberVision, Temple Fork Outfitters. Fishing Location/Species: In-shore saltwater flats, beach, and backcountry fly fishing (Florida); fly fishing for trout (Rocky Mountains, Ozarks); and fly fishing for bass in streams (Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, and Florida).

coryrouthCory “Ruthless” Routh

Company:Ruthless Outdoor Adventures Address: Knotts Island, NC Phone: 757–403–0743 Website: www.ruthlessfishing.com Email: ruthlessfishing@gmail.com

Bio: Cory “Ruthless” Routh is a true pioneer of the sport of Kayak Fishing. He has over 15 years of Kayak Fishing experience. Ruthless has kayak fished in water from Texas to New York, and even on the North Shore of Hawaii. He has been guiding in Virginia for 6-years and his company Ruthless Fishing is the longest running kayak fishing guide service there. Cory is also an outdoor writer and author. His very popular book “Kayak Fishing: The Complete Guide” is considered the bible of kayak fishing. Cory is very active with Heroes On the Water and Project Healing Waters, these orginazations use kayak fishing and flyfishing to help wounded warriors. He is currently pursuing a certification with the Adaptive Fly Fishing Institute to teach wounded warriors how to flyfish.

Affiliations:Werner Paddles Athlete, Temple Fork Outfitters Advisory Staff, Mountain Khakis Ambassador. Yak Attack Gear Prostaff. Fishing Location/Species: From Panfish to Pelagics.

bonefishwhispererCordell Baum Jr.

Company:Bonefish Whisperer Address: Miami, FL Phone: 786–499–9004 Website: www.bonefishwhisperer.com Email: cordell@bonefishwhisperer.com

Bio: I own and opperate BonefishWhisperer, the #1 paddle fishing guide business in South Florida and I personally hold every paddle fishing record for bones, permit, redfish and GRAND SLAMS in Florida. We fish the west side of BISCAYNE BAY and URBAN MIAMI as well as the EVERGLADES.

Affiliations: Freedomhawk and Finatic Agling Art & Apparel Fishing Location/Species: I specialize in chasing BONEFISH on the fly.

michaelfrankMichael Frank

Address: Columbia, SC Phone: 803–673–0238 Website: www.franksflyarts.com Email: urbanfisher@earthlink.net

Bio: My name is Michael Frank, and I am a school teacher and owner and lead guide of Frank’s Fly Arts guide service in Columbia, SC. Frank’s Fly Arts came about as a result of my desire to combine my teaching skills and my passion for fly fishing and the aquatic environment. I now offer fly tying instruction, fly fishing summer camps, and some of the most unique guided fly fishing trips in the Southeast where you can catch trout, smallmouth, largemouth, and striped bass all in the same trip!

Affiliations: Temple Forks Outfitters Fly Rods, Jim Teeny Fly Lines, Spirit River – Pro fly tyer and Homewaters Clothing Fishing Location/Species: Pond, and Lake Fly Fishing in the South Carolina Midlands region fishing for striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and trout.

derrickHarperDerrick Harper

Address: Bite Me Belize, Unit #533 San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America Phone: 011–501–628–1338 International; 1-480-264-1300 USA / Canada Website: www.BiteMeBelize.com Email: belizefishing@gmail.com

Bio:Set among the backdrop of swaying palms in the tropical breeze, the sound of waves gently lapping at the soft sand shoreline. Bite Me Belize Fishing Adventures is enabling avid anglers to experience the joys of fishing the gin-clear flats of Belize. Enjoy the serenity of paddling this pristine tropical paradise as you meander your way through the vast variety of coves, bays, and lagoons fishing for Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit.

Relax and rejuvenate for the next day’s adventures in one of a selection of lodging choices from practical to luxurious. Fishing in Belize has never been more affordable than with a Bite Me Belize Fishing. With over twenty-five years of saltwater fishing experience we ensure an adventure that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Affiliations: Elkhorn Fly Rods & Reels; Maui Jim Fishing Location/Species:Ambergris Caye, Belize – Targeted Species: Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit

About Julian Thompson

5b01f5332e506e323531e6a43cda71ee?s=90&d=mm&r=gJulian Thompson is a kayaking expert that has been kayak fishing for over 12 years. He prides himself on his knowledge of lures and trolling motors. He lives in Newark with his two kids and spends weekends on the lake in his favorite Hobbie Outback.