Capturing the smile of a child with that first fish, the powerful runs of an eight foot sturgeon, the gentle slurp of a lumbering trout, or the snapping hookset of a bass fisherman...that is "America’s Outdoor Journal.®" To travel with top outdoor experts in fishing, hunting and other outdoor adventures while exploring majestic getaways and admiring breathtaking vistas...that is "America’s Outdoor Journal.®"
Gorgeous scenics add a distinctive flavor that is melded to fast paced action and informative segments. Some of the best talents in the outdoor business combine to translate this package into a credible program that continues to grow and appeal to audiences nationwide.
To our viewers, we offer award winning entertainment, helpful information, and detailed expert instruction. To our advertisers, we provide targeted access to an audience interested in outdoor sports and recreation through our unique multitiered marketing program designed to help sponsors move more product and gain more market share.
Western Sportfishing is hosted by Lee Horsley, one of the country's most influential hunting and fishing advocates and former star of TV's long-running series Matt Houston. Lee's passion for the outdoors will become evident, as he takes us with him to beautiful destinations. Timely tips and information about Lee's fishing destinations are woven throughout the show, providing viewers with everything needed to visit these destinations themselves. For the Outdoor Channel viewers who look forward to spending more time outdoors, they’ll find Western Sportfishing is just like being there in person.
Lee Horsley, is a stage, television, film actor and trained vocalist; as well as an avid outdoorsman specializing in horsemanship, rodeo, riflemanship and fishing. Born in Muleshoe, Texas and raised in Englewood, Colorado, he began his career at a young age singing in church and finding musical theatre in high school.
Lee’s training in his youth prepared him well for the stage. He toured nationally in “West Side Story,” “Damn Yankee’s,” “Oklahoma!,” “1776” and then at the request of noted composer, Jerry Herman, starred in “Mack and Mabel.”
He began his television career as detective Archie Goodwin in the 1981 NBC drama series Nero Wolfe, which led to six television series –Matt Houston, Paradise, Hawkeye, Bodies of Evidence, Wind on Water and recently, Benelli’s Dream Hunts. Rounding out his television career, he appeared in a few mini-series to include North and South: Book II and Crossings and countless made-for-television movies – Agatha Christie’s Thirteen at Dinner, Danielle Steels’ Palomino, Snowy River: The MacGregor Saga, Care and Handling of Roses, Home Song, Wild Women of Chastity Gulch; to name a few.
His film career includes Unlawful Passage, Nightmare Man, Dismembered and cult classic Sword and the Sorcerer.
Lee has been awarded with a People’s Choice Award and named “Best Actor” in a Television Movie by the Viewer’s Voice (advocates for quality television). He’s been inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and has a commemoration on The Walk of Western Stars.
In the history of fishing television, no other program has received such notoriety and acclaim as “Fishing the West.” From 1983 to 1995, over 300 episodes were produced in the Northwest and worldwide. Spectacular scenery, premiere angling act ion and detailed instructional segments helped to elevate the program t o a cult-like status among fishermen young and old. The Best of Fishing the West will capture this avid angling audience once again, supplemen ted by the interest of a growing resurgence among younger anglers.
Legendary Fisheries Will Captivate Audiences.
Intense curiosity exists among today’s anglers to understand “the way it used to be.” How have the rivers changed? How have the techniques changed? What can be learned from watching the successes of 10 years past?
Production Quality That Set The Standard
While most fishing and hunting television shows today are shot and edited in just days, a average Fishing the West episode took weeks of perseverance, luck and late nights. Larry and his multi-camera crew, who insisted on exceptional, trophy-caliber fish for every episode, would never quit until they got them. The Fishing the West cameras also never failed in capturing the pristine scenery, wildlife and culture of the areas they visited. It’s the primary reason viewers associate Fishing the West with quality and credibility.
The Best of Fishing the West will rebroadcast selected episodes in their original format with only minimal edits. To maximize appeal and viewership within the northwest, only the most exceptional shows filmed within the broadcast area will be aired. Viewers will enjoy seeing the Siletz, Columbia, Kenai, Hoh and many others classic fisheries in their glory days.
Since the year 1867 the YMCA has been offering a resident camp experience to America’s youth. There are a large variety of activities offered which can include Archery, Rock Climbing, Challenge Courses, Whitewater Rafting and Horseback ridding to name but a few. From children to youth to complete families, the YMCA camps are a refreshing and productive experience for people of all ages to benefit from in developing a love for the outdoors in a positive learning environment.
With 245 YMCA Resident Camps across the US, CAMP YMCA TV will take viewers to some of the most beautiful destinations to be found. One week the show will travel to destinations such as the Pacific Northwest at Camp Collins with challenge courses found in Old Growth trees. The next week the viewer will be able to tune in to find us visiting the High Deserts of Arizona with perhaps the following week taking us to a beautiful camp just outside the City of Manhattan, every camp a unique and amazing adventure, just a short drive from large metropolitan areas.
A land of wonder and remarkable stories, The Inside Passage is a cornucopia of programming possibilities. From enchanting unnamed creeks and rivers teeming with trout and salmon, the largest populations of whales in the world and volumes of outdoor opportunities to the most scenic and interesting backdrops on the planet, Alaska’s Inside Passage is a region of intrigue and beauty waiting to be captured in HD and shared with the world.
The Inside Passage starts at Ketchikan Alaska and reaches 500 miles northwest to Yakutat and is home to over 1,000 islands; 15,000 miles of shoreline; America’s largest national forest (Tongass); one national park/preserve; two national historical parks; two national monuments; 12 national wilderness areas; 15,000 bald eagles; 25,000 brown bear; the largest population of whales on the planet; 60 major glaciers; and hundreds, if not thousands of creeks, rivers and lakes. Click here to read more...
Some Of The Great Destinations We Visit
At the northern end of America's longest fjord, Haines shares a border with 20 million acres of protected wilderness. The heart of Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park is less than 25 miles by air from downtown Haines, and Canada's Kluane National Park and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park are just up the road. As you can imagine, opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless. And this is just part of what makes Haines the Alaska of your dreams!
Alaska's capital city, Juneau is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rainforest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and vibrant wildflowers. Early settlers included miners during Alaska's gold rush and Russian fur traders. The Tlingit and Haida Indians were the first settlers to our area. Native Alaska influence is prominent today in Juneau. Click here to read more...
The beautiful community of Ketchikan is situated along the shores of Alaska's Inside Passage within the heart of the sixteen million acre Tongass National Forest. Evergreen mountains rise out of the water, the lush green landscape nurtured by the abundant rainfall of our temperate rainforest environment. The community is comprised of three islands, Revillagigedo, Gravina and Pennock and transportation between them requires a boat or ferry ride across the Tongass Narrows. Click here to read more...
Petersburg is a town that still makes its living from the sea and is not a port of call for large cruise ships. Leave the crowds behind, and visit this thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage. Meet our hardworking and friendly people, and let us show you how to catch our abundant salmon and halibut, or show you some humpback whales! Click here to read more...
Come join us and explore our sea-side community. Sitka is thought to be the most beautiful of southeast Alaska cities. Nestled on the west side of Baranof Island, it is flanked on the east by majestic snow-capped mountains, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Our climate is mild, but we do get more than our fair share of "liquid sunshine"! Our most valuable natural resource is, without a doubt, the people of Sitka, who share a pride in their home and a love of life in all its small-town splendor! Click here to read more...
A place exists in Alaska where the past lives on, where the cries of "gold in the Yukon" still echo from steep canyon walls, where the sounds of barroom pianos and boomtown crowds ring out in the night. A place where the romance and excitement of yesteryear linger around every street corner, every bend in the trail. That place is Skagway. Click here to read more...
Travel to Wrangell, Alaska and have an Alaska vacation that you will never forget. Wrangell is Alaska's newest travel destination and offers a variety of activities: Alaska tours, Alaska adventures, Alaska fishing, Alaska wildlife, Alaska sightseeing, and much more. Click here to read more...