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Farewell (For Now) Good Friend

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T! minus two weeks and counting before Pennsylvania is in the rear view.
Having already said goodbye to Valley Creek with the April "blogger" outing, I wanted to take a day of this past extended weekend to visit my other favorite "not so secret" water that has been extremely kind over the past year.

Looking back, it's kind of funny that it took me almost two years after I was initially tipped off about this little gem (under a veil of secrecy) to actually give it a try.  It's about a 45 minute drive from my house, and not necessarily in a place you'd think to look...literally right alongside a well traveled road.
Being that it was Memorial Day, I tied a special kebari pattern the night before, just for the occasion. 

I dropped in at the usual spot by the parking area, working the creek upstream.  Unfortunately, fishing started a bit slow.  The first 3 or 4 usual spots I typically see action yielded nothing.  I was actually kind of disappointed (and I g…

Thank You

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Remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice


5 Reasons To Put the T! in Tongass...

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Tongass…besides fiberglass fly rods & bacon, it’s what bloggers are writing about these days. Like the trout we fancy that lie in wait silently until presented with a easy meal, us bloggers usually only jump to action when something free is waved in our face…so in this instance, our hellgrammite is a trip to Alaska.

As such, I’m asked to write a post about why “conserving its prime but threatened salmon and trout habitat is vital to the regional economy, local culture and the nation’s sporting heritage.”

And just like in college, I chose to watch a movie rather than read the book, so after viewing this, the “why” seems pretty self-evident to me…


Take away the habitat you lose the fish. Take away the fish and the economy and culture that relies on them suffer. Suffering is no good for the Tongass, the people of Alaska, and of course America. And anything bad for America sucks. Am I missing something?


With that out of the way, here are 5 reasons why I should be one of the bl…

Making Lemonade from Vandalized Lemons

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My wife and I were supposed to buy the Jacksonville house today.  Settlement was scheduled for May 20th...but some vandals (i.e. kids) got inside our construction about a month ago and messed some things up good.  It's being fixed, and after a 75 page remediation report, I'm not overly concerned (anymore), but our closing date was moved back a few weeks into June.  Whatever...

That said, we had plane tickets, a hotel room, and a trip to Lilly's-to-be elementary school scheduled around that 20th date, so instead of rescheduling, we kept all of the arrangements and decided to take a mini vacation...to strangely the a place we'll be living in less than a month.  Yes, odd...but that's how we roll.
Lilly enjoyed the beach yesterday...

I'm going to try to get over to Blackfly Outfitters today for some window-shopping...but my wife wants to go furniture shopping...we'll see how that works out...

Kickstarter: Hitch 'N' Fish

While tournament angling ain't my thing, when I got an email about a Kickstarter project called Hitch 'N' Fish, I felt compelled to post...if for no other reason that it seems like it will be entertaining (if funded).



From the Kickstarter post:

The Trip
On June 8th, we will begin our fishing journey in northern Minnesota. The trip will span two months and involve traveling over 6,000 miles, while we partake in fishing tournaments and challenges along the way. From Minnesota we will head to the deep south, then head west towards the rocky mountains. From there we will head north until we hit Montana and eventually come full circle back to Minnesota. The four crew members of Hitch’N’Fish will be traveling in a 2000 GMC Tahoe and trailering a 16 foot basstracker. We will be sleeping in tents in some of the most remote areas across the country. The trip will emulate what we think represents: A Real American Story!!! The Documentary
We will be documenting every part of our journ…

Kype Fishing Magazine: Volume 4 / Issue 2

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Issue Two Highlights:

Unconventional Spey Techniques
Flippin-Switch Rods
Punk Rock Fly Fishing
Jungle Fever
Kype Vise, Modified Caddis
Longevity for Nymphs
The Yukon Experience








Tenkara Summit 2013 - Day One's Events

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The first official day of the 2013 Tenkara Summit had a little bit of everything...

Lots of people...

Fly tying...

Book signing...

Gear hawking...

Knot making...

Raffle items...

Casting demos...

Bamboo rods...

Baby pools...

DVD previews...

Technique presentations...

Stream disclosures...

Tenkara Summit 2013 - Fishing The Day Before

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Phew...

Exhausted, bruised, and smiling, it's tough to get back into the work week after a most excellent long weekend at the 2013 Tenkara Summit in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Over the next two days, I'm going to recap some of what went on...because it seems like a lot got crammed in over a short period of time.

I made the trek down to Virginia from Philadelphia immediately after work last Thursday night.  It took about four and a half hours to get down there, but I finally arrived around 11:30 PM, just in time to check into the hotel and get a good night's sleep for a day of Friday fishing before the Summit was to start on Saturday.

I figured I'd split Friday up into two parts, as I wanted to hit at least a few different fishing spots.  Using the advice given by Tom Sadler in his Middle River Dispatch blog, I figured I'd give the Rapidan River a go in the AM, and Skidmore Fork in the afternoon.   Unfortunately (and I didn't realize this until I was halfway there…

A Rare Family Fishing Outing

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I'm a fishing dork nut.  

Lilly is lukewarm on the topic of going fishing.  We've done it a few times, but it's clearly not her favorite thing to do.  As a "fishing dad", I'm okay with that.  If she prefers karate to casting, cool by me.

My wife K.C. will sometimes play along, but refuses to touch fish and generally doesn't like things - like bugs - that come along with being outdoors.

So was I pleasantly surprised when I asked Lilly on Saturday if she wanted to go down to the pond and try to catch some fish?...you bet.  And was I startled when my wife said she'd come along too? (More so to play with her fancy camera than fish...but whatever)  Holy crap yes!

We lasted a little over an hour...which is pretty good in my book.  The weather was nice.  We caught fish.  We took pictures.  All was good.  We left happy.  Will we go again?  Beats me, but at least I got Lilly to put down her Nintendo 3DS for more than 5 minutes...and was able to coax some sm…