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Seeing If They Would Bite

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Since I posted that orange & black bugger yesterday, felt compelled to go get it wet this morning.  This was a quick fishing trip, and the bugger did its job.  Here's a brief video of one of its victims.


Probably brought a mix of 5 or 6 rock bass and sunfish to hand before snagging (& losing) the bugger on a rock.  Had only tied one in orange, so switched it up and first fished a black bugger, then a generic blue & white streamer for a bit.  Brought another 15 or so to hand, but unfortunately not the nice mix from Wednesday.  More rock bass & sunfish.  The crappie and smallmouth didn't seem to want to play this morning.

Packed it up after that and headed home.  Should be an interesting Halloween night.  Lilly has been running a bit of a fever since yesterday, so we may only be doing some abbreviated trick or treating.  Luckily she feels okay and is acting normal, so I'm hoping it's just a 24-48 hour bug.

Trick or Treat?

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Tied this Halloween inspired bugger up the other night.  Body is not the prettiest, but didn't have many options on hand for black. I think it will get the job done.

Plan on giving it a try Sunday morning on the denizens of the local creek I fished on Wednesday.  We'll see if they find it a trick...or treat.

Interesting Point of View

Slick video found on Vimeo last night from John Griber.  Check out some of the underwater footage; absolutely unreal.


That's enough outta me today.  Already thinking ahead to a weekend full of ghosts, goblins, princesses, and of course zebras.  Planning on getting some Kit-Kat on.

Afternoon of Pre-School & Woolly Buggers

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I took the day off from work yesterday.  Lilly had a Halloween parade & party at her pre-school and I wanted to go.  Lilly is going trick or treating as a zebra this year, and she really loves the costume her Mom made her.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time on the Halloween stuff...well, because the real thing is on Sunday, and you know a post outlining Halloween night from A-to-Z will surely follow thereafter.

After school, I wanted to try and do something special with Lilly since I was home - go out to lunch, go to the movies, or maybe even go to the zoo - but she just wanted to stay home.  Oh well.  After lounging on the sofa and watching Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, she went upstairs to take a nap around 1:30.

I had nothing to do for the next few hours.  Despite the steady rain, I grabbed the fly rod, a box of flies, and headed over to Sanatoga Park to target some bass...yes, I said bass, as well as other warmwater species.

Sanatoga Park is where I usually…

Wednesday Nibbles

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The Nibbles are back.  Think I'll make this a semi-regular thing.  So much stuff I want to write about, but not everything is really post worthy on its own.  Here's some more random stuff I've been accumulating over the last week or so.  I gotta purge, cuz I'm dangerously close to becoming a Hoarder.


Got an email from Mann's last week...  Who?  You know, Mann's Bait Company...
Uhhh...c'mon, you know who I mean.  Mann's = Old Skool bassin'!

The email was to announce the launch of their new website.  Not sure I ever visited the old one, but the new & improved Mann's works for me - plus if you really "like you some Mann's" they are doing that Facebook thing too.

Speaking of freakin' cool, I've been familiar with the 'Eclectic Angler' for about a year now.  Mr. Hackney was one of the folks that was writing early things about his tenkara experiences, and well by now you know how I love that Japanese crap.

Anyway, th…

If This Was Twitter...

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...I guess this would be considered a Retweet.  Since I know my readers are into free stuff (who isn't), figured I'd give all you guys the skinny on two contests, assuming you haven't already read and entered them yourself.

But then again, don't bother entering, cuz I'm gonna win them anyway.
Troutrageous! blogbuddy HeyBJK wrote up a great review of a pair of Magnum Work Horse 6.0 Boots and is also holding a giveaway for a FREE pair!.  Contest runs between now and November 1st.
And then Rick at Whitetail Woods called out a contest yesterday that he saw over at Life on a Southern Farm for a very interesting looking automatic dog feeder.  All I know is if I got this for my dog Caesar, he'd find a way to break inside and eat, and eat, and eat, and eat.  He's a pug...that's fat...and lives for food.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

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Went fishing at Valley again on Sunday morning.  Brought a half dozen brownies to hand on Beadheaded Prince Nymphs & Copper Johns.  Weather was warm and had a really nice time.

Will need to be a picture/video post today.  I'm writing this on Sunday night, and to be honest I'm exhausted from running around all weekend.  The fire just ain't burnin' tonight.  Enjoy the pics.


Pumpkins and a Corn Maize...uh Maze....uh...

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Quickie post. K.C., Lilly, & I got our "Autumn On" on Saturday.

Typically we head out to a popular spot in Delaware County to do the annual pumpkin/hayride thing, but this year we decided to venture a bit and went to Mast Farms in Morgantown, PA.

Mast Farms isn't a huge operation, but what they do have is a gigantic corn maze. I had never done one quite this big before, and it was a good time. Good thing K.C. was navigating though, if the map was in my hands we might still be in the maze right now!

This Is Not A Fly Fishing Blog - Informal Spinning Gear Overview/Review

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Over the last two years I've become immersed in fly fishing.  To the point that most of my posts have been fly fishing in nature, for better or for worse.  If you read the description of this blog over in the the upper right side of the page, it professes an environment for "equal opportunity angling." While this has always been my mindset - I don't care what you use - the content hasn't exactly reflected it recently.

So today, I'm going to give you a peek into my small stream trout spinning outfit.  I most often use it the early spring when the waters are rich with uneducated stockies, but it really excels in all conditions.  It's also kinda budget conscious, so in my opinion, it gives a really good "bang for the buck" if you're looking to invest in some new tackle this holiday or for next spring.

Rod:
Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Spinning Rod, 5.0', UL Fast Action

Okay, this is a relatively inexpensive rod at $45 (when I got mine …

Friday Filler

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Back in the day when I was playing John Madden Football or NBA Live on my Sega Genesis, I guess my friends down South were playing this?  (wait for the "strike" at 1:45)  For the sake of their mental well-being later in life I hope not, but it would certainly explain a lot of things.


Something tells me you would not be able to put a character in a video game today named "Ahmed Atolloya" - especially one who takes pleasure in offering up his most smelly worm.


Happily Stooping to New Lows...

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In the time honored tradition of posting T&A to gain clicks, I'm tossing up this picture I found yesterday on the homepage of the Little Lehigh Fly Shop's website.


I've never visited the Little Lehigh Fly Shop, nor have I ever fished the Little Lehigh Creek, but come to think of it, Allentown really isn't that far away...

Some Wednesday Nibbles

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I don't have anything of extreme substance to write today, so I thought I'd toss out some quick hits instead. Alone, they don't make up a full blog post, but combined, they harness the power of Voltron!

Those Teva hikers I picked up in the Cabela's Bargain Cave last weekend showed up at my doorstep yesterday.  Very comfy, but the Vibram rubber bottoms are a little squeaky on my hardwood floors.  Think that will probably wear off once I tread through mud (or dog poo - nobody in my neighborhood picks up after their dogs) for the first time.  BTW - they are still available.  Definitely the best pair of $29.99 shoes that I've ever bought.  The best pair of shoes I ever bought were my Walter Payton edition KangaROOS back in the mid-80s, but I digress...

I think everyone in this cult circle of bloggers (& beyond) now knows about the OBN.  Its growth over the last two days was radioactive in scope.  Heck, I even pimped it yesterday, as did most everyone else who wants …

The Outdoor Blogger Network

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"I don't always sign up for directories of outdoor bloggers... but when I do, I choose the Outdoor Blogger Network."
Seriously, if you like to read or write hunting, fishing, camping, or other types of naturelicious blogs, do yourself a favor and check out "the most interesting blog network in the world."

Plus, it's brought to you by these two characters, so how can it be bad, right?


I Like 'Em Young & Stupid

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Another Sunday, another outing on Valley Creek with the tenkara rod.  The fishing part of my morning could easily be summarized by the title of this post.

When I first arrived at the water it was chilly and foggy and the sun was just starting to peek out.

I was feeling good as I strolled up to the first hole and I caught three tiny guys (& a rock) within the first 15 or 20 minutes on beadhead nymphs.  Bam-bam-bam.  As the pictures below attest, they weren't beasts by any stretch.  Two running around 4 or 5 inches, and the "big" one at 8.

From there...it was definitely slower going.  I brought a few more to hand the rest of the day, but the Mom & Dad trout must have yelled at the kids for being so gullible.

Poor quality video of a release

Around 9AM I noticed it starting to get really crowded.  On my normal path upstream I had to hopscotch about 5 or 6 different anglers (I'm not one to crowd on someone's space), especially the closer I got to the Wilson Ro…