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The Spectacle of the Annual Trout Opener

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I don't go to the opening day of trout season for the "stellar" fishing.


No, I go for the tradition and spectacle, which includes...

A lot of cars trucks & SUVs...

Random dudes to the left...

random dudes to the right.

random dudes over here...

random dudes over there...

random dudes everywhere...

It wasn't quite the shoulder to shoulder combat fishing that it has been in years past, but there was still quite a lot to see, mainly from folks that clearly only fish on this occasion each year.  What you get is a mixed bag full of anglers wading through prime holding water, numerous bird's nests consuming reels due to being spooled with mono that hasn't been changed in a decade, a sporting goods store worth of lures caught in overhead tree branches, and of course every color of Powerbait and species of worm/grub under the sun.  
But whatever, my brothers of the creek paid for their license fair and square, so they have just as much right to be there as I do.…

A Bout With Mother Nature

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Mother Nature can be temperamental.

Attendance at my company this week was a little lean.  With extended Easter weekends in play I thought it might be a good opportunity to take a personal day myself, and maybe unwind a little bit by getting a line wet.

When I left my house, it was a beautiful late March day.  55 degrees, blue skies, and the sun peeking through the puffy white clouds just enough to make it feel even warmer.  By the time I got to the water, someone pulled the plug.  Gray clouds had corrupted the sky and a bone-chilling wind began its assault.

Mother Nature can be cruel.

The fishing?  After about five or ten minutes of fishing I caught this little one on a Killer Kebari.  I rarely fish Killer Bugs (or their variants), but I was in the mood to try something different...at least until I lost it on a submerged branch.


As the weather continued to deteriorate, so did the fishing.  Cast.  Drift.  Twitch.  Cast again.   This continued for two unfruitful hours.  Teased by a co…

Let The Fight Begin

Yeah, it's an ad.  So what.  I like the song.  Plus...the river don't care...

Wednesday Nibbles: The Return Edition

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So I figured if JT...(no not THAT JT) can resurrect Monday Morning Coffee, I can certainly bring back Wednesday Nibbles, at least for a week...  New to Wednesday Nibbles?  It was a weekly post I used to write that sort of had fishing news in it, but more so just stupid stuff...well stuff that was more stupid than my normal posts...

Did you happen to catch the three-headed monster of a collaboration between Vedavoo, Recycled Waders, and artist Jeff Currier?  Yeah, they're making some packs that will be auctioned off in April with the proceeds going to a slew of charities.  You can win one too if you promote it through social media...details HERE.

While the charity angle is pretty rad, the concept of a pack with both Vedavoo & Recycled Waders DNA is a total wet dream for a man-bag whore like me...you know...wet...because fish...umm swim in water...and all that stuff...
OMG, OMG, OMG, GOOGLE READER IS GOING AWAY... HOLY CARP WHAT AM I GOING TO DO...OMF'NG!!!!
This is actually p…

Gear Review: Fuse Plus You Mossy Oak Rugged iPhone 4/4S Case

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Jacksonville...Nashville...Charlotte...Jacksonville...


That's been my travel schedule the past four weeks.  In and out of airplanes, hotels, and rental cars, and keeping in touch with my job & family using what else...my cell phone.

Knowing this little run of the southern gauntlet was coming up, I held off on writing up this particular gear review until now.  See, cell phones receive quite a bit of abuse during travel...tossed in bins to go through airport security, not-so-securely rested in cup holders to play the role of GPS, and simply just dropped, jostled, and all that kind of horseplay from overuse...

And I'm gonna come clean right away.  I'm an Android guy.  I hate my work-issued iPhone and need a reason to use it...but in the scheme of product testing, the above seemed like a fair stress test to me...


THE GOODS:
The folks at Fuse Plus You sent me THIS, their Rugged iPhone 4/4S Case in Orange & Mossy Oak.  They actually have a whole line of Mossy Oak licens…

Exercise in Video Making Futility: Valley Creek Tenkara

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While I embed videos here all the freakin' time, it's rare that I post a fishing video of my own...or at least a video that I took more than 30 seconds to edit.

Why?  Well, first, I mostly fish alone and I don't have the patience to set up the camera to get all cinematogramatic...second, editing video sucks...and three,  I'm not Yukon Goes Fishing.

That said, during my fishing trip on March 10th, I stuck my point & shoot camera on a Gorillapod and crammed the legs down the front of my waders (sexy) to create this hot mess of out of focus shakiness.  
Enjoy...at least until YouTube pulls it down because I used an Earth, Wind, & Fire song for the soundtrack...

Or Vimeo...if you prefer...

7 Years Old, I Can't Believe It!

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Yesterday was Lilly's 7th birthday (party).  Her actual birthday was last Monday, but we waited until this weekend to have the annual bash.

Still being super into dogs, we had a "pup" cake party for Lilly.  The main activity was a cake icing demonstration from Confetti Mountain Tookies & Cakes, and time for the kids to decorate (and eat) their own cupcakes.  Lilly's cake (of course) was dog themed, and my uber-crafty wife made dog aprons for everyone to wear and take home.

Here are a few pictures from the party:


My wife also set up a "photo booth" complete with a ton of props and accessories.  The kids loved playing dress up and goofing around in front of the camera almost as much as the cupcakes.  Maybe it was just the sugar...but I don't think so...


Oh, the adults has a little fun too...


Happy 7th birthday Lilly.
Daddy loves you.


Please Pass The Sunscreen

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Sorry for being so quiet lately.  But I've been a little busy at work.  Nashville was the diversion this week.  Oh, and the Florida thing is official.


KC & I visited Jacksonville this past weekend and left with new digs.  ETA June-ish.  Suddenly, this is really real.  Looks like I need an 8-weight.


Oh, and we made sure there are ample visiting anglers guest quarters...you know, for folks that want to come visit...just saying...