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Where I Get My Water

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I pay my monthly water bill to a company called "Pennsylvania American Water," but who or what that exactly is...I dunno.  Their website says they are "local," whatever that means.  I figure my water probably flows down from NY state as part of the Delaware River system, but I digress.

Ambiguity aside, I was relieved when I received (with my monthly bill) a little pamphlet called "Protecting Our Watersheds" from Pennsylvania American Water.  Unfortunately, I also suspect that when most other people get this with their water bill, it's likely tossed quickly aside into the trash without being read.  So in the interest of passing this basic (but important) information along, I decided to post it here.

Good conservation behavior is not something that should be limited to Pennsylvania.  Please click on each image to zoom and read them a bit easier.



A Weekend of Amusement

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Ok, here's the post about this past weekend that I've been alluding to for a few days.

I was convinced by K.C. to take Friday off from work so we (with Lilly of course) could get in some end of summer amusement park fun. Sounded good to me, so that's what we did.

First stop was to be Hersheypark, in (of course) Hershey, PA. Well...actually the first stop was to the post office, so K.C. could mail some of her orders, to Giant Supermarket to pick up discounted park tickets, and then to the Wawa to get gas. Okay, errands done, off to Hersheypark!

We arrived in Hershey around 11AM, parked the car, and did a quick tour of the park just to get our bearings. K.C. & I had visited Hersheypark a few years ago, but we really didn't remember it all that well.

I think Lilly was a little overwhelmed at first (which is odd, because she's been to amusement parks before - even Disney World) but settled in after a ride on the carousel.

After a few more rides, we stopped for …

Going To Bed Early Tonight

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Back from a two day mini getaway to the Hershey & Lancaster, PA areas. Took the family to Hersheypark & the PA Renaissance Faire - and yes, a post will come on those adventures in the next few days - I'm just too tired to get it in tonight - it's going to be an early bedtime.

In the meantime, settled in back at home and sat down for some long overdue time at the vise. Tied up what I'd call sort of tenkara-style flies, I guess this is my version of an Ishigaki Kebari.

Sorry for the shoddy camerawork.  My fishing area resides in a dark corner of my basement, doesn't make for the best of macro shots.

Friday Filler

Taking Lilly to an amusement park today, so no fishing in store for me.  Rather here's a little fishing video I found on the internet last night...now if only he got inside!

The Sowbug.com

This River Is Wild

There's some serious saltwater fly fishing going on over at the This River Is Wild blog. Some of you may be familiar with these guys - especially their carp on the fly posts - but the latest stuff is even better...and I'm not even a salt guy. C'mon, would I steer you wrong?

If you only have time to read (or watch) one post of theirs, do yourself a favor and invest about 7 minutes of your time into this one:

This River Is Wild: Volume IV

Waiting Is So Hard...

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I bought a "gently used" Tenkara USA Ayu rod earlier this week. It's a 13' model that should compliment my 11' Iwana model nicely.

The Iwana is perfect for a lot of the creeks I fish that are either bushy or have a short canopy, but it's simply undersized when it comes to larger water, either moving or still. With 2 extra feet on the rod, that should probably translate to a minimum of an extra 4 to 6 feet of reach.  I'm also intrigued by the soft 5:5 action; fishing is relaxation to me, so the slower casting motion required should be refreshing.

Okay Mr. McFeely...time for a "Speedy Delivery!"

Gear Review - Inno Window Mount Rod Rack

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After my post yesterday about going fishing with Lilly, I got a couple of comments about the rod rack in my SUV, so I figured I'd share a little more about it.  It really is a great (& relatively inexpensive) option for rod transport, and I always seem to get compliments from other anglers who see me loading (or unloading) my gear in streamside parking areas.

The rack is model ZR223 from Inno Racks.  It's a suction cup window-mounted rack system that is basically ready to go right out of the box.  The rack merely consists of two heavy duty plastic cradles with a firm, but soft foam lining.

How simple is it to use?  You just mount on your window, open the clamp, sit your rods on the internal hook "shelves" and then push the clamp closed.  The foam accommodates pretty much any size rod - from Barbie rod to heavy-duty bass rod, and the clamps are easily opened and closed with a simple click of a grey button on the top.

Now with all this simplicity, there are a few …

A Night With Lilly

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Lilly & I went fishing last night.  I'll spare the details of a long post - "our" pond was overgrown with thick gunk, she had 3 takes, but wasn't able to set the hook on any in the hour we were out.  No big deal though, she seemed to have fun; throwing rocks, drinking water from my flask, and playing with the pink bobbers in her tackle box.  Even though I brought my rod, I didn't do any fishing, I had my hands full with de-gunking hooks and de-tangling lines.

Fitty Cent

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...or fiddy cent (depending on your dialect) will get you one of these.
http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=26GK

Saw this in an Orvis tweet last night, not sure why, but I want some of these parasol pheasant tails in size 18.  Can't justify the $6 S&H charge though, makes the "sale" price vanish.  I'm sure I can either find something locally or try tying myself.  Think it would make for an excellent tenkara fly though, well suited to the riffles I love to fish.

Feeling Sketchy

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My daughter Lilly loves to draw. She's quite fond of drawing princesses (especially Cinderella), but the other day took a different approach and drew a map of our neighborhood.  It not only included her house, her friend's house, & the playground, but also the Mexican take-out place.  How can I make that up?

It's interesting to watch how her 4-year old mind works, and how she interprets different things. Pencils, magic markers, crayons...it doesn't matter, if it marks up paper (and her hands) she's all about it. I'm especially fond of the scribbles inside of a sports themed birthday card she gave me this past June. As you can clearly see, Lilly (on left) is bowling - notice the detail in the bowling ball, and I (on right) am wearing a baseball glove and catching a ball.

I guess it's in her genes. Her mom went to art school at the University of Kansas and is super-duper crafty.  Me...I was more a doodle-in-the-margins of my spiral notebook kinda guy…

Joined The Fray On Twitter

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Finally took the Twitter leap yesterday. I've been noticing some increased traffic to my blog coming from Twitter, and really couldn't see who my new stalkers were what was going on without signing up. I figure I'll probably use it in the same way I do Facebook - sparingly - and not necessarily as a primary tool to promote my blog.

However... thanks to the viral Twitter intro I got from John @ Seven Bridges Road, I also met a bunch of fellow anglers in a matter of mere minutes. Most of which also have quality fishing/outdoors blogs of their own that I'm happy to share with everyone today.

Please take the time and click through these links, I guarantee more than one will find their way into your "follow" list.

The Sevier County Fisherman - Fishing the Smoky Mountains and Beyond

Texas FlyLines - The occasional commentary by a reel guy that lives in TX

Compleat Thought - Get it?  Like Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler"

Waving A Stick- Ever cooke…

Some Good Reading

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I was checking out one of my favorite fishing forums the other day (Smallstreams.com), and I saw a post on the home page by moderator Gus referencing The Curtis Creek Manifesto.  Not really reading the post, I clicked off the site and went upon my merry way.  A few days later, I was compelled to read the write-up and I'm very glad that I did.


In short, The Curtis Creek Manifesto is probably the most entertaining fly fishing primer I've ever read.  Upon learning that it was not just another "how-to" book, but also graphic novel...okay, it's really more like a comic book...I rushed out to my local Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy.  Some of you may have heard about or read it yourselves (it's over 30 years old so it's certainly not new), but it's been a revelation to me.

Why didn't somebody hand me this book  2 years ago when I first started fly-fishing?
I'm not going to regurgitate the post over at Smallstreams, but rather send you over there…

Cutt Video

Found this fun little short on Vimeo today. I don't know the filmmaker, but something about it just makes me want to get out of my cubicle on a search for tiny water. I mean is there anything better than fishing a small stream? Music is good too.

Cutthroat Trout Edit from trever wilson on Vimeo.

Fishing Valley with "Flyguy"

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I received an email earlier this week from "Flyguy" from the PAanglers.com forum.  After a summer of warm water fishing, he had an itch to go chase some trout at Valley Creek.  An invite to go trout fishing...you don't have to ask me twice.

We met up around 6:30 AM and decided we were going to work upstream, starting at the covered bridge all the way up to the metal bridge on Wilson Road.  Flyguy doesn't fish that stretch as much as I do, and I was more than happy to show him around.


Well, let's just say I didn't have to show him much.  First hole, BAM, Flyguy had a fish on almost immediately.  As a matter of fact, I probably should have stayed in bed because Flyguy was tuned in (and then some) to the trout this morning, pulling brownie after brownie out...again...and again...and again.  He probably outfished me a minimum of 15 trout to my 2 - yeah, I bow my head and fall upon my rod in awe.


Kidding aside, it was a really fun morning.  The air temps were on t…