May 2, 2016

Decompression In A Trout Stream

Life can be a grind. I'm pretty lucky that my family & I have a pretty good living situation, but everyday stresses will still gradually accumulate to the point of implosion. We've all been there, and we all have our own personal outlets.

Fishing for trout in cool, clear, shaded stream is my mental exhaust valve, so in a relative spur of the moment decision, I hopped in the car after work on Friday and headed six hours north for some "alone time" in the mountains.

Epic fishing? No. Heck, thunderstorms even chased me off the water a bit early.
But so worth it. It had been far too long.

Spent six more hours in the car on Sunday, but absolutely no complaints.
Man, it feels good.

April 29, 2016

North Dakota State Baby!!!!

Badlands. Go Birds...

Not a fishing post, who cares.
I bet he catches fish with his bare hands and eats them raw.

April 28, 2016

An Angling-Neutral Blog

Are you a worm-dunker?  Perhaps a fly-fisherman who deep down knows you're really meant to thumb a baitcaster? Maybe even a "noodler" who struggles with your tenkara feelings in fear of being labeled by the mainstream?

Well fear not, Troutrageous! is (and will always be) an "Angler-Neutral" website. Anyone can read this blog regardless of angler identity or expression.

I know I'm risking boycott by at least 700,000 readers, but in light of recent events, I thought it was important to make this policy known.

C'mon America, instead of being polarizing, let's just grab a fishing pole.
Any one you feel like.

April 27, 2016

BASSCAR - Literally...

It's kinda funny when the term "BASSCAR" gets thrown around in reference to professional bass fishing. You know, those anglers with their clothing and boats all adorned in sponsorships, reminds folks of similarly decorated NASCAR cars and drivers.

Well, this weekend in Talladega, looks like the #4 Busch Chevrolet SS driven by Kevin Harvick is going true BASSCAR...and TROUTCAR as well!

One side Largemouth Bass, the other a Cutthroat Trout

It's actually part of a cool promotion "Trophy Can" that Busch is running...

"Consumers who find one of the 100,000 gold trophy cans randomly seeded in packs of Busch and Busch Light can capture a photo of themselves with the can and submit it online via They'll then be entered for a chance to win weekly premium prizes including GoPros, sonar systems, tackle boxes, fishing bobbers and more. Five lucky consumers will be awarded the grand prize: the fishing trip of a lifetime to one of four possible destinations to go fishing with professional bass fisherman, Kevin VanDam."

Sounds to me like it's time to put beer snobbery aside and go fishing for a Trophy Can!

More info HERE in the press release.

April 26, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - 2017 TenkaraBum Catskill Tenkara Weekend

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Been a bit since a Tenkara Tuesday post, but when you see something on Facebook that you just gotta share, just gotta share it, even if it is more than a year away...

And if you happen to be viewing this in a format where that little Facebook embed doesn't work so well...we're talking a TenkaraBum Tenkara Weekend in the Catskills in June 2017. BOOM! 

Certainly a lot more to come, but it's fitting that some sort of tenkara event returns to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. I think many of us that have been following tenkara for a while recall one of the first gatherings to receive any press in the US was also there back in 2009.  Oh, and so was the guy in the camo...

Screen grab, Tenkara in the Land of Little Rivers, p. 2

April 19, 2016

Book Review - Native To This Stream

Native To This Stream: Brief Writings About Fly-Fishing & the Great Outdoors is a collection of eleven previously published short stories, essays, and poems by Paul Weidknecht. It's a brief read, approximately 80 pages which only took me a little over a half hour to consume it cover to cover.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Many of the stories (literally) hit home; the author is from New Jersey, and his writing immediately took me back to my Mid-Atlantic fly fishing roots.

Two entries that were particularly enjoyable were The Native and Limestoned, both short stories. One about the "birth" of a fisherman, the other perhaps about the "re-birth." A little bit of humor, a little bit of raw emotion, and the backdrop of fly fishing, it's quite a feat to cram such robust tales within a few short pages.

I'm not going to lie, the handful of pages of poetry weren't my speed. I wouldn't say they detracted from the otherwise very satisfying experience, they merely served as bumpers in between stories. I've just never really been "into" poetry, that's my shortcoming, not the book's. They could be Robert Frost quality, they'd still go over my head.

Perhaps I enjoyed Native To This Stream so much because it reminded me of my favorite fly fishing book, Upriver & Downstream, also a collection of short stories. Small bites, easy to consume, sort of like a collection of blog posts. If you're looking for some light reading, or possibly an inexpensive gift to give to a fellow fly fisherman, I couldn't recommend it more.


The book featured in this product review was provided to me at no cost, but carries a suggested retail price of $7.99 (paperback) or $2.99 (Kindle). That said, anyone who has read a review here before knows that free product does not equal a positive review.

April 18, 2016

A Little Sunday Sink Tip Bass

Gonna post a fishing report here today, haven't done many of those lately, well...because I haven't been doing much fishing!

Really didn't go out for long on Sunday, about an hour and a half. Took Lilly to see the Jungle Book around noon (quite good BTW), and K.C. had a roller derby bout she had to leave for at 4:30, so it left a nice little window in between activities to wet a line.

Dink bass munching on a Clouser

Speaking of line, I fished with (gasp) my 6-weight rod and reel and not the tenkara setup for a change. I wanted to give the new Scientific Anglers Frequency sink-tip line I picked up to go chase shad & hybrid bass a test drive. Figure it'd work just fine for the largemouths in the pond near my house too.

Bass in the land of the sideways trees

As you can see above, I did catch a few bass. The first being the definition of dink bass, and the other more on the "medium" spectrum. The second bass did put a nice bend in the L.L. Bean Silver Ghost, and leapt out of the water a few times before coming to hand. Probably could have caught a mess of bluegill too, but I was fishing a Clouser minnow that was just a bit big for them to get a hold of, felt more than a few swipes in the shallows though.

I'm sorry that I didn't take more pictures, and the ones that I did are sort of on the sucky side. One of the fun things going around the internet these days is people freaking out if you hold a bass of any substance anyway except with two hands or vertically from the jaw, or happen to lay it in the grass next to your rod for scale.

No more than 10 degrees, bring your protractors

I get it, and I'm cool with it, but until perhaps I figure out a tripod solution, pictures of bass will probably be on the lame side. I don't even catch big bass, but I'd rather have bad pics than be virtually tarred and feathered by the internet fish handling police. Those folks are vicious.

In any event, hope you all got out fishing this past weekend, perhaps even more than an hour and a half. Seems like the weather is turning everywhere across the country (except maybe in parts of the Rockies), so time to stop tying and start fishing.