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Home From Chicago

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...and had a great time. After getting some work out of the way on Tuesday, we were off to a Cubs game last night, which was my first at Wrigley Field. The weather was an absolutely beautiful sunny 70 degrees, which was extremely welcome following weeks and weeks of 90+ degree heat & humidity between Philadelphia & Florida.


After a few beers & wings at Yak-Zies prior, we headed over to the game and were treated to some really good seats. Excellent actually. Second row behind the Cubs dugout.


I'm neither a fan of the Cubs or Pirates, so it was fun to not have a rooting interest and just enjoy the atmosphere. Being an old park, it was really neat to soak in Wrigley. I haven't been to many older ballparks (that were actually built pre-WWII), so Wrigley was a treat, even better than old Yankee Stadium.


In the end, everything worked out perfect. For two bad teams there was a fair amount of action, Alfonso Soriano hit 2 home runs, Mike & Mike from ESPN sang &q…

Last Call - Troutrageous / Hobie Polarized Sunglasses Giveaway!

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Okay all...LAST CALL!!!

Today is your last chance to belly up to the bar and enter the Hobie Polarized Sunglasses Giveaway.  Why not take advantage of a chance to win a FREE pair of sunglasses?  I'll be drawing the winner on July 1st (tomorrow) via random.org.

Visit the giveaway post HERE for details on how to enter.  It's easy...and free, just how you like 'em.
(Please don't enter on this post).


Headed To Chicago

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If you're reading this today, I'm likely either on a plane headed to the midwest or sitting in a conference room reviewing sporting goods.  I'll be in the Windy City on Tuesday (today) & Wednesday for work, and looking forward to seeing my first ball game at Wrigley Field tonight. I think the Cubs are playing the Pirates, and with both teams well under .500 it should make for some mediocre baseball.  But who cares, it's still Wrigley.

In honor of mediocre baseball, and of course fishing, I present to you the career statistics of one Steve "Rainbow" Trout.

12 Seasons in the Major Leagues
White Sox, Cubs, Yankees, & Mariners 88 Wins - 92 Losses - 4 Saves 4.18 ERA 32 Complete Games / 9 Shutouts 1501.1 Innings Pitched

Balancing Foliage & Fishing

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Yesterday was not going to be a big fishing day.  I had an afternoon's worth of yard work calling to me.  I started hearing the quiet whispers when we got home from vacation, but they seemingly amplified each day since.  Every time I opened my front door, the same chorus greeted me.  "Mike - Trim us back you lazy S.O.B.," Yours Truly, The Bushes in Front of Your House.

Knowing I had a date with the garden, I took a small window in the AM to sneak out and do some tenkara fishing.  Hadn't broken out the tenkara rod in a few weeks.  In throwing my fishing gear into my car, I made sure to reassure the impatient foliage that I would in fact be back this afternoon.  They seemed okay with it.

When I arrived at the stream, the conditions couldn't have been better for being outdoors.  The skies were blue, the sun was shining, and the water was running clear - extremely clear.


To be honest, despite the great weather the morning's fishing was pretty quiet and uneventful…

Gear Review - Upriver & Downstream

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I don't read much. That's actually a lie, I guess I read quite a bit if you count blogs, magazines, and the morning newspaper. What I really mean is that I don't read books very often. The only books I read on a regular basis are about princesses, fairies, or farm animals...to my daughter each night before she goes to bed.

It's not that I don't enjoy reading, it's just that I suppose I'm a by-product of the MTV generation.  A victim of a short attention span, I prefer to consume printed words in short, quick, bite-sized morsels. So when I received a somewhat thick hardback book for my birthday called Upriver & Downstream, I politely smiled and thanked my wife for the thoughtful gift, but at the same time seriously wondered if I'd have the time (or patience) to read it.


Admittedly, I'm only about halfway through, but if you enjoy any kind of fishing and are attention-span challenged when it comes to reading like myself, this book is for you. Plus…

Time For A Change

No, this isn't a fishing post.  It's a post about my ever expanding gut.  If you're not interested in reading further, I understand.  Click HERE to read a really great fishing website instead.

I'm 33 years old, actually my birthday was earlier this month.  I came to the opinion tonight that I'm tired of being overweight.  Now let me set the table (no pun intended), I'm not gigantically obese.  There will be no Discovery Channel documentaries on me anytime soon.   It's also not a vanity thing.  I'm 6-feet tall and weigh about 210 pounds, and despite my flexing & posing in the bathroom mirror, it's not all muscle.  I should probably weigh around 175-180.  At least that's what I did in my slimmer days, and it wasn't like I had a six-pack then.
I've recently noticed I now get winded when I hike up and down hilly trails while fishing.  I don't have the endurance to play a full court game of basketball (my other passion) anymore.  I dec…

Reminder: One Week Left in the Hobie Giveaway!

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Just throwing out a "one week warning," the Troutrageous/Hobie Polarized Sunglasses Giveaway ends next Wednesday, June 30th.  I will be selecting the winner at random on July 1st.  Visit the giveaway post HERE for details on how to enter.  (Please don't enter on this post).

As of right now there are 18 people entered a total of 53 times, so your odds are still pretty good...at least better than winning Powerball.  Remember to read the rules carefully to find out how to multiply your entries and increase your chances to become 100% cooler than you already are.

Good luck to everyone!

No Browns, Rainbows, or Brookies in Florida...

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...so bluegill had to do.  Found this photo digging through vacation pics.

Used my 3-weight and tossed out some topwater poppers, foam hoppers, and small jigs to haul in some gills to get my fishing fix last week.  K.C. got in the action too with a spincast and bit o' bagel.

This guy was pretty typical of the haul.  We caught (& released) a bunch.  They were really eager "eaters."  Had a largemouth bass engulf a bluegill I had on the line and put up a good fight for about 5 minutes.  Unfortunately, he spit out the gill before I could get him out of the weeds.

Gills are fun, but hope to get back to my coldwater pursuits this weekend.

Home Again / Day at the Dry Tortugas

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I'm finally home from Florida.  Vacation was about 10 days, but feels like I've been away forever.  As fun as it was in South Florida, it's comforting to be home.  It's good to see my dog Caesar, sort through the mountain of mail, catch up on all of the missed blog posts from my friends, and mentally prepare myself to go back to work once again tomorrow.  However - before I do, here's one last post I actually started in Florida, but never got around to posting...

Last Thursday (the 17th), K.C. & I took the Sunny Days Fast Cat (great crew, highly recommend) from Key West to the Dry Tortugas National Park.  The Dry Tortugas are a series of islands about 70 miles from Key West.  They are also home to Fort Jefferson, a fort established by the US in the mid 1800s, and which served as a prison following the Civil War.  The Lincoln assination conspirators were actually the most famous "residents."

The Dry Tortugas are pretty remote in the scheme of things...…

Key West Day 2 & 3 in Pictures

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Yesterday (Tuesday) was our first full day in Key West.  It was a full day in every sense of the word, complete with sun, sand, food, drink, music, and...well, you'll see what we K.C. talked me into doing that night.

Today on the other hand, was much more relaxing, as we're prepping for our outing to the Dry Tortugas tomorrow.





Down in the Florida Keys

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Blogging has been a bit slow - no new posts from me lately, plus, haven't really been able to keep up on all of my BlogBuddies' posts.  Why?  I'm down in Florida with K.C. & Lilly enjoying some fun & sun.

At the moment, I'm writing this in my hotel room in Key West thanks to the magic of free hotel Wi-fi..  Lilly is back up in Boca Raton at "Camp Mom-Mom &  G-Daddy," and K.C....well...is in bed, passed out from a few too many strawberry margaritas at Salsa Loca tonight.
I'm certain I'll have tons of pictures and some better reports later in the week.  That said, here's a few posts of K.C. & I at a lunch stop at Keys Fisheries in Marathon on the drive down to Key West.


FlyLife Magazine Casting Library

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Even if you think you know how to cast your line with a fly rod, this casting library called "Casts that Catch Fish" from FlyLife Magazine (Australia & New Zealand) and Carl McNeil is extremely cool to look & play around with.  Borderline addicting even...

CLICK LINK BELOW:
http://www.flylife.com.au/library/casting/default.html

Make sure to roll your mouse over the numbers beneath each picture; if you pause on a particular number there will be a small pop up with commentary.


Gasland on HBO June 21st

Like fishing for trout in PA?  Value clean drinking water?  Watch the documentary "Gasland" on HBO on June 21st at 9PM.  Gasland tells the story of the natural-gas drilling operations taking place across the United States (& the world) right now and the potential perils that accompany them.


With the Marcellus Shale region which incorporates large swatches of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York, now being dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of Natural Gas," this is more than topical.  Think I'm joking...there was a recent mishap just last week in Clearfield County, PA (article here).

Concidentally, what do you think American Rivers named the most endangered river of 2010?  Try the Upper Delaware River in NY & PA.  Why?  Natural gas drilling.


Why point all of this out now?  Well, all of the national news agencies have begun to do a lot of reporting this week from the Gulf of Mexico now that BP's never-ending oil slick has hit the mainland.  Horrific picture…

Met Up With "Flyguy"

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Have been trying to meet up with "Flyguy" from the PAanglers.com forum for a while now.  We had originally tried to fish together last fall, and for whatever the reason (primarily lack of cell phone reception), it just didn't work out.  Was able to finally meet up with Flyguy today, for an enjoyable morning of fishing.

The Valley brownies decided to populate shallow riffles & runs today.  We probably caught all of our fish (both of us fishing nymphs) in quicker moving, ankle to calf-high water.  Although you could see the trout holding in the deeper pools as well, they just didn't seem to want to be very active.

Unfortunately, I really wasn't quick on the draw with the camera today.  We fished about 25 yards apart (to give each other ample space) most of the time, so I never really got any pictures of his trout - which he probably caught about 9 or 10.

To compound that error, I didn't get any pics of my own trout either, since 3 of my 4 decided to "…

It's Been Just About 3 Years...

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Thanks to a fishing forum I belong to, I was recently involved in a discussion regarding fishing blogs. Some members recently started blogs of their own and wanted some feedback on their creations, as well as blogging in general.

It made me realize that I've been doing this (blogging) for almost 3 years. While that's not that long in real time, it seems like an eternity in today's ever changing digital age.

When I started, my daughter Lilly was one and a half, just months removed from conquering walking and had an extremely basic vocabulary.  My wife K.C. was teaching herself how to sew and had an idea for a diaper bag that she was tinkering around with. Today Lilly is a (very) active & opinionated 4 year old, and K.C...well, she happens to run her own business, teach sewing classes, and most importantly met breast cancer head on and kicked its butt.  Like I said, a lot changes in 3 years.

It also prodded me to look at some of my original posts from June 2007 and w…

Panfisharific!

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Lilly wanted to go fishing tonight and catch "100 fish," so K.C. & I took her to kid-friendly Sanatoga Park again.

We all caught fish...a mix of sunfish & bluegill.  Lilly caught probably the largest fish of all of them, this guy below.

She didn't catch her 100 fish (maybe more like 3) as her attention quickly wandered from casting & reeling to playing in the dirt and throwing rocks.

K.C. also gave her new rod & reel it's maiden voyage.


She did really good - probably caught 5 or 6 after she figured out what they were biting on.  If I'm "Troutrageous," she's definitely "Panfisharific!"