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Cool Stuff: New Blogger Themes!

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Wow, talk about unexpected...

Blogger as a blogging platform has kind of been on the wane. And with the way Google has a history of pulling the plug on products somewhat abruptly, it wouldn't have surprised me if they announced on Monday that they were sunsetting Blogger at some point in the not too distant future.


Instead, for the first time in quite a few years, they announced that they've released 4 new native Blogger themes for people to give their blogs a nice little (mobile-friendly) face lift. Talk about overdue.

Introducing: Contempo, Soho, Emporio, & Notable.


The new themes can be found in your blog dashboard, and can be easily customized with Blogger's simple to use WYSIWYG tools. Honestly, as I've tried other 3rd party themes over the years, and found the biggest issue to be the fact that customization usually required some bit of coding to get it how I wanted it to look, or afterward still wouldn't care to load pages particularly quickly. This immed…

The #KICKPLASTIC Fly Box

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What?  Yep.
This email graphic popped into the inbox yesterday from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA). Thought it was pretty interesting, and really something I never gave much thought to when reaching for one of those little plastic cups to hold the dozen flies I planned on buying at a fly shop. Seems like a no-brainer for retailers to make the switch, can't imagine their customers would mind much. Would you?


Recycled Paper Fly Boxes, Now at AFFTA

Today is the day! Recycled paper fly boxes are now available at http://shop.affta.org/! Choose from three different sizes to best suit your shop's needs: 2"x2"x2" (dry flies and nymphs), 3"x3"x2" (bigger dry flies and nymphs, bass bugs, and smaller saltwater flies), and 6"x3"x2" (big stuff like tarpon and billfish flies, plus a few leader packs and spools of tippet).

It's estimated the fly-fishing industry adds about 3.5 million plastic containers annually to the enviro…

Alternative Fly Box

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Saw this pretty cool fly storage/organization solution on Nick Cobler's Instagram over the weekend, and he allowed me to share it here. 

If you've spent all winter tying flies, I think this is a pretty awesome way to manage your backstock, while also selecting a few of the divided plastic cups to use as a "grab and go" mixed stock fly box.

While it's really a travel tote for organizing craft beads called the JamPac, seems like a killer solution to get your flies sorted and under control. Plus, the black case screams, "Put fishing stickers on me!" 
This storage solution including the 20 storage cups, can be found on Amazon (of course) for $20, with Prime shipping.

The 5 Best Tenkara Rods?

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There's a blog post out there that's been circulating for a little bit longer than a year with a very similar title to this one that I don't really care for. It's not so much the rods or companies that are recognized, it's the article's questionable evaluation of them, including calling them "American Made." Since that post seems to have good SEO qualities, it never quite fades into oblivion, resurfacing on social media every few months.

Rearing its head yet again on the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Facebook pagelast week, I decided to turn the tables and ask the group members what they think the five best tenkara rods are. You know, real feedback from real tenkara anglers. A few models (not exactly five) were mentioned, which I'll highlight below.

I would like to note that it appeared as if many people replied with a lean towards value or "beginner" rods. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just thought that context may be he…

Video: A Valley Creek Skunk

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Looks like my old Pennsylvania fishing (& blogging) buddy "Steven Lee" is back to creating outdoors content again. You may remember the name from prior blogs such as The Eastern Fly, The Flyfishing Bowhunter, and The Silent Pursuit.
Over the weekend he put together this video short on my old stomping grounds, Valley Creek. As you may be able to tell by the title, you won't see too many fish come to hand, but the video is still a good watch and man... all those familiar runs and holes make me really miss Valley...

Oh, and looks like a week or so ago he also did a vlog on The Fly Fishing Show up in North Jersey... Totally missed this one.

If you're interested in more from Steven you can check out his blog (warning, not just fishing) HERE, or his outdoors-themed YouTube channel HERE.

Guided Getaway

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Wow, can finally exhale. The last month or two has been a total blur. When you're employed in sports, major events like "The Big Game," create a lot of extra work in the weeks that lead up - in other words, working day and night rather than enjoying life and writing silly blog posts. But with an epic 25 point comeback in the rearview, let's talk fishing...


I know I could sure use an escape right about now. How about North to Alaska? That certainly sounds fun. Fortunately, friend-of-the-blog Paul Vertrees is hosting the FIRST EVER professionally guided tenkara trip to Alaska! According to Paul, here's the skinny:

Sunday, June 11, 2017 through Saturday, June 17, 2017



"Our guide service, Royal Gorge Anglers in Cañon City, has partnered with Intricate Bay Lodge on Lake Iliamna, Alaska, to offer a six-day, six-night lodge-based tenkara experience in the Lake Iliamna area.  This region is famous for its trophy arctic grayling and rainbow trout during June each year.…

Tenkara Tuesday - Tenkara In Focus Episode 4

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Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

You're probably aware by now, but just in case you're not, the latest episode of Tenkara In Focus has just been released! I've only skimmed it so far (going to settle in tonight with the old Chromecast and the big screen) but looks like there's plenty to see...

I'm looking forward to taking in all the sights and sounds, the guys at Discover Tenkara always do a phenomenal job with these videos!


For Sale: New T-Shirt, Old T-Shirt, Random Gear...

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Time to make like a carnival barker because the deals in the T! Storehave never been hotter!
Just wanted to bring a few additions to your attention today...let's make a deal!

First off, Tenkara Angler swag was added to the store over the weekend in the form of tees and stickers. I had several people ask about Tenkara Angler t-shirts & hats at the Tenkara Jam, so we decided to move forward with a new, limited run "Tamo T-Shirt" in collaboration with the guys at Six Waters Co. They did a great job on the design, don't you think?


The super-soft tee comes in every color of the rainbow, given your rainbow is monochromatic heather blue. The first print run was limited, but at the time of posting, all sizes were still available, and I'll toss in some free TA stickers as well. The tees fit relatively true to size, my XL fits fine (I'm 6', about 210).

So in with the new...and out with the old...

The ever popular Troutrageous! Tenkara Sasquatch tees are now on …

The New Tenkara-Fisher

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In a prior post about the 10 Colors Tenkara forum, it was mentioned that the new site was the heir apparent (in terms of forums) to the Tenkara-Fisher forum, which was compromised by hackers and recently shuttered.

Well, I'm happy to also note that most of the standalone content that was featured on the old Tenkara-Fisher forum has been migrated to a standalone blog by the same name found HERE.


For those of you familiar with the old T-F forum and the writing of Adam Trahan, the new site will feel very familiar. For those that aren't, or simply hadn't visited the old Tenkara-Fisher in quite some time, it's definitely worth a visit. There's a tremendous amount of content & insight that can be found, particularly in the interviews with about two dozen tenkara contemporaries, both from the U.S. and abroad.

One of the more recent posts was a great re-discovery; a look inside the development of a wooden fly box entitled, "My Kebari Box." A gorgeous photo of…