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Travel Day Today

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Making the long journey home from Florida today.  Should be a full day's worth of driving, so probably won't be all that "social" if you know what I mean.

Yesterday was a busy day, running around Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando...which is something I will never, ever do again.  At least not the week between Christmas & New Year's.  Holy smokes that place was packed.
As you may have seen over on Facebook, Lilly, K.C., and I made the most of dealing with crowds all day and had a pretty fun time.  I'll probably toss up more pictures (at least to Facebook) when I get home, but here's a pic of the kid & I outside Hogwarts in the Harry Potter section of the park.  Oh, and like my t-shirt?

Also here's some cell phone footage of riding the Harry Potter Hippogriff.  I think it was the one ride with less than an hour's wait.  Lilly's reaction at the end is the reason why us Dads do stuff like this, right?



Anyway...hope you are all read…

New Year's Resolutions - A Look Back at 2011

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New Year's Resolutions.  It's the fashionable thing to do.

However before I throw down some amazingly in-achievable new goals for 2012, let's first review the musty old ones - so humor my vanity as we take a step down memory lane...

#1.  Fish New (or Different) Water
I'll give myself at least half point for this one.  I did fish the Little Lehigh for the first time (is it still fishing if you don't catch?), as well as Factory Brook & the West Branch of the Tioughnioga River in central New York state.  Spurky also ran me around Lebanon County a few times.  Like this time & this time.  So yes, I fished some new (to me) water, but still feel like I fell back on ol' reliable (Valley) a bit too often.


#2.  Lose a Few More Pounds
That would be a big fat negative!  I think I gained 5.  I probably should have written down my starting weight to be sure, but I'm not where I want to be.  But those P90X DVDs sure do look cool on the bookshelf.  This will carry o…

A Long Overdue "Thank You"...

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As 2011 comes to a close, it's typically a time for folks to sit back and reflect on the year that was.  In doing such there are a lot of "thank yous" handed out, the recipients usually being friends, family, supporters, and the like.


Not wanting to buck this trend, I'm finding it necessary to thank a sort of unsung hero that makes things happen on a regular basis around here.  No, I'm not talking about Lilly, Owl Jones, The River Damsel, or even that guy named Clif
See, the person, or better yet thing I'm talking about is Blogger.  

You know, the platform that hosts and is the engine behind many of "our" humble blogs...  

Yeah, that Blogger.
Okay, I know Blogger's not perfect.  Like any good relationship, we've all had our ups & downs this year; some of the "downs" being the temporary inability to make comments, disappearing blogrolls, and confusion about what happens to your blog if you delete pictures from your Picasa acco…

A Christmas Recap

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We had a good Christmas this year.  Not that I'm bragging or anything....  Okay, maybe just a little.
It started with presents...of course. Lilly made out like a bandit.  Nintendo DS was atop her list, and Santa was a good listener...

And Wuggle Pets?  If you have a kid that watches cartoons on cable, surely you've seen the commercial...

After lounging around the house for a bit, assembling and playing with toys, I went fishing out back in the canal that runs behind the house.  Had to try to catch a Christmas fish, right?
Look...there's one...

While I was fishing, K.C. was using her "new" DSLR camera to shoot great pictures, like this...

...until I became the subject...

Where was Lilly while all this was going on?

C'mon, did you expect her to be anywhere else but glued to her new DS?
Oh, caught a fish or two too.

























Rounded out the night with a nice dinner, goofed around on the computer a bit (including writing this post), then off to bed.  See you again in '…

Merry Christmas 2011

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I'd like to wish all of the friends, likers, followers, circlers, and (of course) readers of Troutrageous! a very Merry Christmas.  Should you not observe Christmas - and favor Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus perhaps - I hope you are all taking the opportunity to relax, reflect, and enjoy the holiday season with family & friends.

THANK YOU for continuing to stop by, leaving comments, and hopefully sharing a laugh or two with Lilly & I at this humble "fishing" blog.  Your continued readership & support makes it feel like Christmas for us each and every day.


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays,

Mike

ROAD TRIP!

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The Troutrageous! Clan is embarking on a journey...one that we may not emerge from in one piece.  Yup, we're driving to Florida (from Pennsylvania) for Christmas.  Yes, I'm fleeing the horror that has been work for the last month, and on Thursday, will embark on the horror that is an extended family road trip.




No, no WallyWorld this year, but we're visiting the inlaws down in south Florida...which should make for a pretty interesting time...19 or so hours worth of interesting to be exact.

We've tried to split the trip down into four 4 hour segments, with an overnight in Savannah, GA, so in my infinite wisdom, have attempted to plan ahead and expect the trip down to look something like this...
6:00 AM - Leave house 6:45 AM - First "Are We There Yet?" 7:30 AM - Pee Break for Lilly 8:45 AM - Pee Break for K.C. 10:00 AM - Planned Stop #1 - Fredericksburg, VA - "America's Most Historic City"...and home to Salsa dancing according to Google.

11:00 AM -…

Tired of that Cop Out Monday Movie?

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...yeah, me too.
Sorry about last week.  Since I have a fair share of fans & followers, I kind of feel bad when I take a week off from blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, and all that stuff.  Have been absent more than present a lot lately, which believe me, is not by design.  At least I'm in good company.
Now I fully realize nobody's day is ruined when I go a day or three or five without writing a new post - in some way it is probably welcomed by many - but being a blogger known to be a narcissist churn out the content on a regular basis, I do feel like I owe you, my readers an apology.
That out of the way, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for yours truly, and it starts on Thursday.  I'll give you the download on that tomorrow.
For today, I do need to thank Jen @ Fly Fishilcious for a little care package that showed up last week.  Lilly loves temporary tattoos, especially pink ones.


Cop Out Monday Theater

Taking the easy way out and posting someone else's video I found on Vimeo last night.
It's a fun 2 or so minute video.  The way I figure, Mondays could use more fun.



Gear Review - RedRam Merino Thermal Underwear

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Like some other folks out there, I was contacted by the folks at RedRam toward the end of last summer to give their thermal undergarments a try...and well...blog about it.  Not really being a long underwear guy (especially bottoms) I figured to myself "why not," it'll be snot freezin' cold around here soon enough anyway.


Well, that time has come.  While it's not quite cold enough for snotsicles, it's been getting down into the 20s and 30s at night, and when I've gone out fishing recently in the mornings, it's been bitter, at least until the sun decides to get it's butt in gear.

For testing/review purposes, I was provided a black long sleeve top and a pair of black leggings.  As I mentioned in the first paragraph, I've never been a "leggings guy" but have been known to use several different types of baselayers - from brands like Under Armour, Eddie Bauer, you know, stuff like that.


Here are the pros and cons, as I see them.

PRO:  Let&#…

Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 3 / Issue 2

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Issue Two Highlights: 

Curse of the Perfect Season
Single Handed Spey
Solstice Salmon
Free Your Mind and the Trout Will Follow
Alaska Adventure
Electric Caddis Pupa













Wednesday Nibbles - The "Why Not" Edition

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Hey, hadn't written one of these in a while...so figured why not today.  It's the holiday season after all.  Yeah, I realize the holidays have nothing to do with the Wednesday Nibbles, but what does that matter?  This is the internet, you're allowed to make stuff up...


Stumped for a holiday gift?  Want to add to your t-shirt collection?  No, I didn't say T! shirt...I said t-shirt.  Well, if you are, check out "friend of Troutrageous" The Freshwater Fly, who is selling t-shirts in the name of Project Healing Waters.  Makes a great gift for yourself or a friend while sending some cash to a good cause.  But act quick, you only have until December 9th to get in on this action!


HOLYCRAPDIDYOUSEESILVERANDGOLD?!?!?!?!  Based on the reaction in the comments over on Fly Fishilicious and YGF, Ivan's latest short is going over well.  Very well.  I think the Le Mouching clan is digging it too, although I never have any idea what they're saying.  I personally thin…

What's Your Favorite Tying Material?

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This is a simple question.  Meant to be both serious, and because of my immature sense of humor, a little silly at the same time.

See, the inspiration for this was a post on Tenkara Talk yesterday that referenced Jungle Cock.  Just reading the words Jungle Cock make me laugh.  They actually make me laugh a lot.  But then again, I'm pretty stupid like that.

But it also got me thinking about tying materials.  Yes, there's a billion kinds of feathers, animal furs, threads, and beads...too many to properly catalog.  Other materials like Fish Skulls, Clear Cure Goo, and Squrimy Wormie just add to the tyer's menu, giving those with dexterity even more options when it comes to creating unique fly patterns.  
Me?  I think my favorite material to work with is Peacock Herl.  Some good herl makes pretty much every fly look better with a few simple twists.  The fish seem to like it too. 

Not familiar with peacock herl?  It looks like this...

Not this...


So...on that note...What Are Yo…

The Paperwork Payoff

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As the Treasurer for my local co-operative trout nursery, I have to fill out a ton of boring paperwork, pay a ton of bills, and try to balance books that for whatever the reason really don't like to be balanced.  
Not being an accountant, nor really having an interest in numbers, it's not the most fun of volunteer jobs I could have, but as "they" in their infinite wisdom always say..."somebody has to do it."
When I stopped by the P.O. Box on Saturday to get the latest round of bills, invoices, and death-by-paper cut, there was one envelope that reminded me why I do this unforgiving job, and why all of the associated nonsense is worth it.

No, thank YOU third grade.  

Dude, What Is That?

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Dude, what is that?

I dunno, it came in the mail the other day
Well didn't you order it or something then?
Nah, it was free, but I have to blog about it.
More free crap...you know you suck right?
Yeah, but not as good as your Mom does.
Shut up...is it one of those things you take little dogs on airplanes with?

Nah, too small.
Even for a wiener dog?

Yeah...

It's got horses on the tags.

Sure they're not unicorns?
No horns.

Then it's not a tenkara bag.
Pizza delivery bag?

I don't think so.
Yeah, cuz Herman Cain could use one these days.
Who died and made you Newt Gingrich?
Gotta be laptop bag then?
Doubt it.  The opening spreads too wide.
Just like your Mom.
Touché.
Think I could keep my smokes in there?
Nah, this isn't Colorado man.
But I have glaucoma...
That's what you all say...

Okay, stupid banter aside, it's actually a Fishpond Buckskin Boot Bag that showed up at the house while I was in Miami last week, courtesy of the folks at Fishpond.  I'm s…