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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween to everyone. And remember, should you be the unfortunate soul to have raisins, Mary Janes, or pennies placed in your Trick or Treat bag, practice catch & release.

'Enjoy the Fight' Fishing Brace

Stumbled across this fishing item today. Not sure how large the market is for this sort of fishing brace, but unlike a lot of fishing gizmos I respect the fact that this actually appears to solve a legitimate problem.


http://enjoythefight.com/Enjoy_the_Fight_brace.html

Gear Review - William Joseph Amp Pack

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I've been looking to get away from wearing a fishing vest for a while now. I like my vest, however I've found it to present some challenges in both very hot and very cold weather. In hot weather, the additional garment just makes me hotter. In cold weather, the extra layer is fine, but I usually already have two or three layers on, and the fit is not optimal. So after doing some research (& a trip to Cabela's), I decided to jump into chest packs with the William Joseph Amp pack. I recently took it out on Valley Creek for an afternoon of fly fishing, and thought it to be review worthy. Enjoy.

Overview: The William Joseph Amp pack is a nice paradox. One one side, it's a small chest pack that ideally accommodates only the basic essentials. On the flip side, it utilizes some really high-tech features that make it anything but minimalistic.

The real draw to this bag is the unique magnetic No Zip closure system on the main compartment and smaller front pocket. …

Fly Fishing in the Daily News

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Nice little article in the Philadelphia Daily News about fall fly fishing.

No fancy fishing here; the natives are restless
By GARY THOMPSON
Philadelphia Daily News

I'm fly fishing the first weekend in October at one of my favorite Pocono spots, and I'm going to pack it in early because my arm is tired.

Not from casting, which usually wears me out and sends me home, but from catching. I've just spent five minutes wrestling with an ornery smallmouth bass that keeps running back into the deep water every time he gets close enough to see me.

When I finally bring him to shore and release him, he gives me an angry look and goes back to the business of eating as much as he can in advance of the approaching winter.

I caught and released maybe a dozen fish that day, mostly rainbow trout, and this had nothing to do with expertise or preparation. I'd brought the wrong fly box and fished with out-sized streamers designed for saltwater quarry.

No matter. No cast was too bad, no fly …

Back Again!

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Phillies 10, Dodgers 4 - National League Champions!
World Series, here we come (again)!

Back from Bermuda

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K.C., Lilly, & I spent last week in Bermuda. It was our first real family vacation, so we were really excited. We took a cruise on the Norwegian Majesty, which docked for about 3.5 days in St. George's.

The weather wasn't the most cooperative - only one day of rain, but lots of clouds. Despite having my light tackle fishing trip canceled due to high winds, we did do a lot of activities, including a day at the beach.

Day 1 - Arrival & aforementioned beach day at Tobacco Bay


Day 2 - Lots of running around ~ Royal Naval Dockyard, a stop in Hamilton, and RAIN!



Day 3 - Tour of the Crystal Caves and Bermuda National Aquarium & Zoo. Dusk hike out to Fort St. Catherine


Day 4 - Carriage ride around St. George's & Departure


Although not the biggest and grandest of boats, the Majesty served it purpose of restaurant & hotel. Lilly was especially enthusiastic about the onboard "Kid's Camp" and also picked up a neat new trick at dinner.

Giveaway over at Ben G.'s

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Free is good. And over at Ben G. Outdoors, there's currently a giveway with some nice prizes, especially for those of you who enjoy hunting. Some of the items up for grabs are listed below.
The giveaway runs from Monday, October 19th to Saturday, October 31st at 5:00pm
(Winners will be posted Monday, November 2nd).
1st Prize Muck Boots Arctic Sport Mid in your size from Hank’s Clothing
2nd Prize is a Hoodie from Warrior Outdoors
3rd Prize is a Magnet Gun Caddy from Spec Tech.
4th Prize through 8th Prize is a copy of Warrior Outdoors Rack Attack Oh yeah, Ben also writes a pretty mean blog post as well. I especially liked his 5 part posting on a recent trout fishing outing. Go check it out!

Different Types of Fish Porn

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Read any fishing website (especially fly-fishing websites) and you'll see folks offering up "fish porn" - basically pictures of obscenely large or beautiful fish.

Exhibit A: "Fish Porn" courtesy Catch Magazine
As I've mentioned in other posts, I've been toying with Tenkara, which is a Japanese method of fly fishing. As with anything new (to me) I try to absorb information on the subject like a sponge. This led to a recent Google search on the phrase "Japanese Fishing" which yielded the following link and disturbing picture:
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkintheroad/archives/2009/09/strange_snacks_47.php

Exhibit B: Fish Porn? courtesy Village Voice
'Strange Snacks of the World: Japanese Fish Sausage':
Pull a tightly wrapped specimen out of the pack, and try as you might, it is hard to overlook the resemblance to a very small, very skinny, condom-wrapped penis. "This sausage may contain tiny black pieces," notes the package help…

Senator Rafferty Drilling Response

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In a prior post Troutrageous! urged folks to contact local and state legislators regarding the negative impact that opening up hundreds of thousands of acres of state forest lands to Marcellus Shale drilling operations.

While I'm certain this is a form reply, but at the very least I am comforted to see that Senator Rafferty holds similar environmental concerns over natural gas drilling on state forest lands.

The good parts:
"As you know from my environmental record, I want those responsible for damaging our environment to pay the price for reclamation and work to ensure that checks are in place to prevent same.

I am not in favor of gas drilling on state forest land. If a severance tax is imposed on this drilling, I have requested that a portion of these funds be given to the local host communities and an environmental stewardship fund be set aside for clean water safeguards. Additionally, the dollars form the same cannon be assigned to the General Fund where the Governor and t…

Valley Creek Tenkara

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With the Eagles bye week this past weekend, I decided to hit up Valley Creek in Valley Forge National Park last Sunday. I also used this as my maiden voyage into Tenkara...a style of Japanese fly-fishing I previously posted about, which utilizes a rod, a line, and no reel.

It's very simplistic fishing and since you can't cast great distances, requires some stealth to get close to the fish without spooking them. The rod I used is a telescoping 11' model called the Iwana that folds down to about 20". It's very compact and easy to transport from area to area. You also don't use standard fly line, you use a 10' 6" furled line to which I attached about a 4' 6x leader. All of that leads to a very soft presentation on the water surface. It excels with dry flies, but you can fish subsurface as well.




As I mentioned, this was my first time trying Tenkara and to be honest, I didn't catch a lot of fish. I blame myself as I probably spooked more hol…

Trout Stockers Needed

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Taken from the KYW Newsradio 1060 website:

Attention Anglers: Volunteers Needed to Stock Area Creeks
by KYW's John McDevitt
Saturday, 03 October 2009

Volunteers are needed to help stock trout in two Philadelphia area creeks this coming Wednesday.Anglers are anxious for the release of nearly 6,000 rainbow and brown trout being trucked in from the state hatcheries in Huntsdale, Pa.They'll be released into Wissahickon and Penny Pack Creeks. Water Ways conservation officer John Pedrick, with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, says the creeks have been stocked with fish since 1933:"Normally the trout season is in spring. What we found out is that the water in the Wissahickon and the Penny Pack is exceptional and has really really sustained winter fishing and would love for it to be native but we do stock the fish."Pedrick says if you would like to help in the release, volunteers are needed:"We take them out of the truck in buckets and put the buckets of fish into…

Watch Where You Touch that Ghostshark!

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I really can't say anymore than the article does below. If it wasn't National Geographic, I'd question it:

Weird New Ghostshark Found
Male Has Sex Organ on Head
September 22, 2009

California has a new star, the Eastern Pacific black ghostshark.

But the newly identified species prefers to stay out of the sun—and the spotlight. And with a club-like sex organ on its forehead, the male ghostshark isn't likely to get any leading man roles. Pictured alive underwater (top) and preserved in a museum collection (bottom), the new ghostshark uses winglike fins to "fly" through its dark habitat, thousands of feet deep off the coasts of California and Mexico's Baja California peninsula, a new study says. The ghostshark seems to have flown under the scientific radar too. Since the 1960s experts have been finding specimens of the strange, 3-foot-long (0.9-meter-long) fish, which ended up nameless in museum collections around the world. It wasn't until after a team r…

Just in Case You Were Thirsty...

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Albright is at it again...

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Albright fly fishing is having their big Oktoberfest sale - advertising up to 80% off. They aren't joking, I checked out the site, and there's a lot of good stuff at rock bottom prices.


This is not an ad, they are not paying me to write this. I'm just a fan of their product. My 5-wt rod is an Albright, and I think it's been a pretty good buy for the money. I do wish I waited, with this sale you can get one for $59.99! I also have one of their Bugati reels, but I'll be honest, I still go with the Lamson Konic before the Bugati. But for $34.99...well, you getting my point now?

Normally, I'd be buying something, but I just picked up a Tenkara outfit two weeks ago, so I'm in a self-imposed spending freeze (for the time being). Seriously, if you're looking to pick up some nice gear at a fair price and you're also not someone that needs it to read "Orvis", might not be a bad idea to check it out.

Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 1 / Issue 4

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Issue Four Highlights:

New York's Salmon River Spey Presentation Fishing Jigs for Steelhead How To Catch Trout Consistenly October Dreaming - Coho