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Happy Halloween

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Short and sweet today.  I hope everybody has a Happy Halloween.

Whether or not you have kids or will be out trick or treating, Halloween is pretty awesome because it is one of those nonsensical holidays (like St. Binge Drinking's Patrick's Day) that we as a culture celebrate as an excuse to be naughty, and one sex does not-so-secretly loathe, (like Valentine's Day...)

As such, I also know a lot of my readers are outdoorsy folks.  Especially all you Colorado hippies.  So please, consider this your warning.  Do us all a favor and don't try to be "crunchy" or "earthy" or "healthy" with your Halloween treats.  No granola bars, no Clif bars, no raisins, and heaven forbid no toothbrushes!  If you must, I suppose a Slim Jim might be acceptable, only because it is dried-out and heavily salted dead animal "meat."

So...Please heed this warning and do not mess around with the treats.  The Three Musketeers did not lend their name to a candy…

Gear Review - Eddie Bauer Sling Pack

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A few weeks ago, when I went fishing for runaway stockies, I noticed my friend Swattie wearing a small sling pack to hold his gear.  It clearly wasn't a fishing specific sling pack, so I asked him what it was and if he liked it.  Answering in the affirmative, he explained it was a sling from Eddie Bauer.


Anyone who follows along here knows I currently use one of two packs when I go fishing; either a William Joseph Amp chest pack, or my Eddie Bauer Travel Bag (aka "the manpurse").  I like both for different reasons, however each are a little on the small side.

Wanting to try something a little bigger, so I could carry a touch more gear, such as an extra fly box, or even a ham and cheese sandwich, I decided to give the Eddie Bauer sling a go. Figured at minimum it'd come in handy on my trip to New York. Here are my impressions in the form of pros and cons after a handful of trips on the water.

PRO:  Price. It only cost $20 (actually less right now at $15). In pric…

Check Out Fly Fishilicious

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First it was Eat More Brook Trout...today it is Fly Fishilicious...


Go check out Jen's site for your daily Troutrageous! fix.
Many thanks to her for offering the opportunity to besmirch the good name of her rapidly growing blog.

Owl Jones Halloween Costume

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Jeff "Owl" Jones
www.OwlJones.com
(inspired by Costume Pop)

Tenkara Tuesday - Superman To The Rescue

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Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

For today's installment, I'm honored to present a guest post by Josh Mann, a fellow blogger known primarily for his fishing website which speaks to saltwater pursuits, but at the same time is evidently not allergic to telescopic fly rods.  Becoming quick friends online via each others blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, I relish opinions like his because they come from the "outside"...no real agenda, just a simple hands-on evaluation of the method.

In this installment of Tenkara Tuesday, JM not only touches on some of his personal experiences with tenkara, but perhaps even crosses the line and tiptoes around a much larger subject - barriers to entry.  Either way I like it...and hope you do too.  Please Enjoy!

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So here I am , guest posting on someone else's blog for the second time in a little over two weeks while my own blog suffers from a serious lack of original content. N…

The Latest Valley Creek Fishing Report

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Before I went to bed two nights ago I had the great idea that I'd charge the batteries on my point-and-shoot camera as well as my hand-held video camera.

When I left to go fishing yesterday morning, I had the equally great idea to bring said point-and-shoot camera and hand-held video camera with me.

However while doing both, the morning of I had the bad idea to leave the freshly charged batteries at home.

Oh well...

At least I didn't have an EPIC day of fishing, one that should have been documented for the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame (there's one of those, right?)  That said, I caught more than my share, but nothing to brag about. Luckily, I had my smartphone, so I snapped a few pics with it.


Small streamers (thanks @fieldcaster) in deeper pools and drifting Copper Johns through the shallows were the preferred flies of the day.

Also tried out my new wading pants and boots. As a former hip wader, I've become a quick fan of these Redington Sonic Pro wading pants so far. A…

Maximizing Blog Post Keywords to Increase Traffic

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I don't take much stock in the stats service provided in the Blogger dashboard.  I tend to prefer Google Analytics (& even StatCounter) a bit more when it comes to analyzing the "behind the scenes" that go on here in an attempt to make Troutrageous! a better place for you, the reader.

However...I did click on that "Stats" button today just to see what was new...and I saw this little chart regarding keywords:


So, going with that data set, it's clear to me that you all want to see something.
Thus, I present the following:


In the legendary words of Bryan Adams...Everything I do, I do it for you.


A Random Act of Kindness

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On the way home from my business trip yesterday, I called home from the airport to catch up with K.C. & Lilly.  Lilly was a little more excited than usual to talk to me.  She told me she made me a card in kindergarten and couldn't wait to give it to me.

Upon arriving home she rushed to her school bag and pulled out a small envelope.  This is what was inside.


Best.  Kid.  Ever.

By the Bay...

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The plane went up and down.  Man it's freakin' windy here.

Mobile Blogging...Maybe

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Work is sending me to Tampa, FL for the next two days.
I may blog, I may not, but if I do it will be done remarkably poorly via phone.


Oh, and Happy Birthday OBN.

I'm not telling you this to get extra votes in your giveaways...shoot, I don't think I've entered any yet.
You've done a heck of a lot in the last 12 months for us outdoor bloggers, especially opening doors that were previously closed, and I'm certain the years to come will be only grow bigger and better.

Let's smash a piñata to celebrate the next time we're together.

Tenkara Tuesday - The Elephant In The Room

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Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday.

For today's installment, I'm honored to present a guest post by Anthony Naples, an angler, poetfly tier, artist,and fly fishing literature aficionado.  In addition to this menagerie of diverse talents, Anthony has quickly become one of the most vocal advocates for the previously suppressed Japanese fishing robotmovement.  Most importantly, he's a fellow Pennsylvanian, and we, the residents of the Keystone State need to stick together.

Tenkara Tuesdays were developed in an attempt to define the identity of the American tenkara angler.  Anthony takes this subject by the tail (and also trunk), using a thought provoking metaphor to get his point across.  Please Enjoy!

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Tenkara in America – it is the elephant in the fly fishing room. I mean this in two ways. Firstly, tenkara is a big new thing, but it is being politely ignored by many in the fly fishing world (others are openly h…

A Treasure Trove...of Thread

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To say my wife sews is an understatement.

About the time I started this blog, my wife started her own business called The Diaper Bag Wrangler.  Over the years she's created a lot of different handmade items, and has grown her business pretty nicely considering it's pretty much a one person show run from our basement.  
I pretend like I'm the "eCommerce Manager" and help her out with website & blog stuff from time to time, but honestly, she does it all.  Not to mention she kept the whole thing running while she was going through chemo for breast cancer.  Amazing is the only way I can describe that woman.
Anyway...the other day she brought a milk crate full of thread into the house.  160+ spools.  It was gifted to her from a friend that had a family member that was no longer going to use it.  It was quite the score for her, and while I was impressed by the sheer volume, I really didn't think twice about it at the time...

This weekend, I was in the basement.…

Escape To Central New York - The Conclusion

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Did I do a good enough tease at the end of the first post to make you want to come back for more?  No?  Well what are you doing here then?

So picking up where I left off, I had just finished fishing and was going to make another fishing-related stop.
Back in the car, I headed over to the Cortland Line Factory Outlet Store.  Let me tell you something, if you're ever in Cortland, NY, this is a must stop.  It's basically your normal fly shop, except all the products come from one manufacturer...and I do regret not taking any pictures inside the place...for no other reason than to observe the wall of fly line.  It's like walking into Foot Locker and looking at sneakers...but they are all different flavors of fly line.

They had all the premium lines, and then had a whole rack of what I believe were factory seconds starting at $15.  In addition, they had a ton of leaders, tippet, rods (including Diamondback Glass), reels, flies from Turral and Riverborn, all that good stuff.  Th…

My Version of the Recycled Fish Post

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One with an eye for detail (& blogrolls) may have noticed more than a handful of blogs writing about Recycled Fishrecently.  Acutally, not just Recycled Fish, but their new online fly shop where 30% of the proceeds get put back into the cause.  Hold on...let that sink in for a minute.........................

Yep, I said 30%!!!

What exactly is Recycled Fish you might ask?  What is this cause?  Well I can work a mean copy & paste, so here's the deal, straight from the horse's fish's mouth:

Recycled Fish is the national non-profit organization of “anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream.” The Recycled Fish “Sportsman’s Stewardship Pledge” invites anglers to embrace the Stewardship Ethic and join the organization, free of charge. The SAFE Angling Program — Sustaining Angling, Fish and Ecosystems — is a way to help anglers embrace a lifestyle of stewardship on the water. It involves catch and release fishi…