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Hayden Sammak

Hayden Sammak

Hayden Sammak is the co-host of the Bent podcast, an outdoor writer, and an audio engineer at MeatEater. A transplant from Pennsylvania, he grew up learning to hunt, fish, and forage on the East Coast before making his home in Bozeman, Montana. If he's not at work, you can find him in the mountains.

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Ep. 88: Tight Lines, Degenerate Anglers

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Ep. 88: Tight Lines, Degenerate Anglers

Grab some fine malt liquor and laugh along with Joe, Hayden, and the mighty Phil as the fellas bid a warm adieu to the podcast that made you feel the same kind of good as a Wendy’s Baconator the morning after getting the drunkest you’ve been since college. Connect with Joe, Hayden, and MeatEater...
Ep. 87: Grande Cheese Curd Nymphs

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Ep. 87: Grande Cheese Curd Nymphs

Today on the show we: ride our tuggies into the sunset with a final-ish episode. Connect with Joe, Hayden, and MeatEater Joe and Hayden on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop Bent Merch
Why We Love Spring Black Bear Hunting

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Why We Love Spring Black Bear Hunting

I watched the big cinnamon bear blow out about 300 yards from the two orange dots working their way up the mountain. “There goes that,” I said, peering at them through my spotter. I waved a white game bag back and forth overhead until those little orange dots seemed to take notice and began...
Ep. 86: Spanish Mackerel Pellet Heads

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Ep. 86: Spanish Mackerel Pellet Heads

This week, we celebrate opening day by tying every fly in the Wal-Mart trout starter pack on at the same time, ripping a spinner that could battle a salmon shark through the bridge hole, bumping a plastic hell bug in the last resort run, and turn a drinking straw into a limit catcher. Connect with...
Ep. 85: Pump Action Raccoon Streamers

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Ep. 85: Pump Action Raccoon Streamers

This week, we destroy the lives of old people in the name of great smallmouth fishing, purchase tying thread off a guy that likely stole it in an armed robbery, debate whether fish would rather have Uncle Ben’s or Rice-A-Roni jammed in their body cavities, and tell you why you should just buy...
Ep. 84: Bucktailing With My Carp Dealer

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Ep. 84: Bucktailing With My Carp Dealer

This week, we travel the globe in Jeff Bezos’ version of the Tuggy sandbox, explain the importance of casting to where the fish are, arm ourselves with knowledge to ward off a plague of smallmouth bass, and cast handmade swimbaits into branches just slightly out of reach. Connect with Joe, Hayden...
Ep. 83: Hickory-Smoked Parachute Pants

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Ep. 83: Hickory-Smoked Parachute Pants

This week on “Trout Vest Aficionado,” we shame a young man for his lack of clinch knot skills, pat Timmy on the back for a super duper shad, discuss the graphic violence in “Old Man And The Sea,” and smash big tunas with the butterfly effect. Connect with Joe, Hayden, and MeatEater Joe and Hayden...
Ep. 82: Ed’s Skin Mount Transporter

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Ep. 82: Ed’s Skin Mount Transporter

This week, we channel our inner Bob Vila to make everything from college loan payments to the finest spearing decoys, better taxidermy choices to weaponized brook trout, and an ice fishing miracle certain to help you lose more fish to unnecessary tangles. Connect with Joe, Hayden, and MeatEater Joe...
Ep. 81: Tequila Spot Burn Cream

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Ep. 81: Tequila Spot Burn Cream

This week, we boop the nose of a bait-stealing otter, tell you how to tie a little deer-hair cocktail umbrella that won’t impress anyone, help you choose knives or chains to deal with a buddy that blew up your honey hole, and spin the perfect mouse pattern for ruining someone’s wedding. Connect...
Ep. 80: Tip-Up, Mr. Mayor

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Ep. 80: Tip-Up, Mr. Mayor

This week, we set up our shanty in the red light district and go fishing for urban legends, discuss toxic fumes in a pop-up that aren’t just the usual farts, watch a victorious angling achievement get turned into public humiliation, and cast ballots for braid or fluorocarbon for beginners. Connect...