22 episodes

Meaningful stories and conversations from the fringe of societal norms.

Permit To Think Mike Dawes

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Meaningful stories and conversations from the fringe of societal norms.

    AJ Sanders - Wyoming Angling Company

    AJ Sanders - Wyoming Angling Company

    In this episode I sit down with AJ Sanders. AJ grew up on the rolling plains of Iowa. He came to Jackson, Wyoming to ski for a season after graduating from St. John’s University in Minnesota in 1996. Like many, he has never left. Owing to a youth spent canoeing and fishing along the Minnesota/Canadian border, AJ began working as a paddling instructor for Rendezvous River Sports in 1997. In 1999 he transitioned into a drift boat as a fly fishing guide. Today he continues to share his passion for these watersheds in a drift boat as a guide, but is also the owner of Wyoming Angling Company, a veteran full service outfitter steeped in the history of JH. Winter brings him full circle, back to working where the water originates. AJ is a guide, trainer & examiner and a ski instructor at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Additionally he works as a heli-ski guide at Alaska Rendezvous Lodge in Valdez, Alaska.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Darren Calhoun - Wind River

    Darren Calhoun - Wind River

    In this episode I sit down with Darren Calhoun.  Darren was born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation.  His family is represented by both tribes as his mother was a part of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and his Father a part of the Eastern Shoshone.  Darren is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Darren started Wind River Canyon Whitewater & Fly Fishing with his father Melvin “Pete” Calhoun in 1992 and is currently operating his 30th season on the Wind River, one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the world.  Darren received a PHD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana in 2005.  It was around that time that I first met Darren and experienced the Wind River on the reservation.  I distinctly remember being shocked that Darren’s company would only put one trip on a section river a day and had done so since inception.  Looking back on the forward thinking, stewardship and conservation of the resource, it is truly remarkable.  The Wind River reservation and its inhabitants continue to battle for the resource today, as the history of the water rights, lack of change and balance create a very messy picture.  This story was highlighted in a film by Patagonia, in conjunction with Teton Gravity Research and Indifly.  In the film Darren reflects on the constant attack throughout the years on the water that is crucial to their way of life, culture and history.  The film lays out another forward thought, one in which there is hope that an outdoor based, sustainable recreational economy could flourish.  Darren is additionally the author of the book titled Fly Fishing the Wind River Canyon. Darren is the husband of and listens to very closely and always agrees with his wife Kristin Kirlin, and is the exceptionally proud dad of Riley and Jaylen Calhoun.  Without further adieu, please welcome Darren Calhoun to the show!

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Jeff Currier - 60 Countries, Over 430 species on the fly

    Jeff Currier - 60 Countries, Over 430 species on the fly

    In this episode I sit down with Jeff Currier. Jeff has fished in over sixty countries and has landed over 430 species on a fly rod, I think I need to say that again just so it resonates with people, 60 countries and 430 species on a fly rod. Unreal… Jeff was born in Massachusetts and grew up fly fishing throughout New England. After graduating from High School, his search for new fly fishing adventures led him to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Hal Hutchinson - Community Planning

    Hal Hutchinson - Community Planning

    In this episode I sit down with Hal Hutchinson. Hal originally hails from Denver CO. He headed east and attended Syracuse University and then went on to the University of Vermont where he received a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation. Hal has been involved in the world of community planning, land planning and land conservation for the past 30 years.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Shawn Combs - The Wizard of Rod

    Shawn Combs - The Wizard of Rod

    In this episode I sit down with Shawn Combs. Shawn is the Director of product design and development for fishing, hunting and dogs at the Orvis Company. He is also the lead designer for rods and reels. Shawn originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky where he grew up in the world of retail as his parents owned a specialty hunting and fishing shop. Shawn went to the University of Louisville where he graduated with a master's in mechanical engineering.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Justin Waayenberg- Adipose Boatworks

    Justin Waayenberg- Adipose Boatworks

    In this episode I sit down with Justin Waayenberg. Justin grew up in Caledonia, Michigan on a small farm and struggled to make it through high school. Justin joined the Army when he was just 17 years old as a Cavalry Scout. In 2008 he was deployed to Iraq. After returning from his deployment Justin moved to Montana in 2010 and left the Army in 2011. Justin took a job with Adipose Boatworks, which at the time was a new drift boat company that had been created based out of Helena, MT.

    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

kball1273 ,

A stand out amongst the others

A perfect blend of knowledge, intrigue, and hilarity. Keep up the great work M Dawes

CJTruluck ,


Fascinating stories! Really enjoy eavesdropping on the conversations among old friends. Good stuff Mike.

perry.scott ,

Interesting Stories and Amusing

Although I’ve never met Mike Dawes personally, the stories I’ve heard about him through the years border on being legendary. As a person who has an affection for Wyoming (especially Jackson Hole) I found these episodes to be highly interesting, uncommon, authentic, and very entertaining. I look forward to future episodes to come!

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