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Do You Remember Your First?

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I'm not embarrassed, ashamed, or anything...this was my first fish "on the fly."


April 25th, 2009.
My 5-weight rod and reel overpowered this poor little rock bass into submission.
And a few months later, this was my first Tenkara fish.
October 3rd, 2009...as if the rock bass was not impressive enough...

Do you remember your first...fish?  Heck, forget fly fishing, what about with a worm, a corn niblet, whatever...
I seem to remember first fishing with my Uncle Bill when I was really little.  It was probably the very early 1980s.  In retrospect, he might not have even technically been my uncle yet.  I think he was still in high school (or fresh out) and dating my Aunt who was of similar age.  Everybody older seems like a "grownup" when you're that young...

I know I caught fish, they were probably sunfish or something.  I seem to remember snaking under the barbed wire fence (and snagging my corduroys) to get to the "lake" (it was probably a pond) …

I'm Evidently The Weird Dude On The Bike With The Fishing Rods...

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This post is brought to you by the Specialized Crossroads Sport.


Literally.

I've noticed in Florida that there is a lot of water (ponds) near my house, but not a lot of it has areas to park a vehicle near.  Hence, probably more important than getting a new rod, reel, (or kayak), I thought it would be a good idea, and plenty practical, to invest in a new bike.  I convinced myself of this after reading this article.  Plus my 12 year old mountain bike just wasn't getting it done anymore when it came to family rides around the neighborhood.


So I visited Open Road Bicycles on Saturday morning and got hooked up with the aforementioned Crossroads Sport by the friendly staff there.  So Sunday morning (and hopefully many days to come), I could go fishing in places like this...


...and catch fish like this...


Actually, that was the nicest fish of the day (which if you're my friend or follow the blog on Facebook, Twitter, etc..., you've already seen, sorry...) but I caught a ton …

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Part 3

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I was cruising around Kickstarter last night (one of my high school friends has a project he's trying to get launched) when I stumbled upon a campaign for the TruRec DFP kayak (DFP standing for Dive, Fish, Paddle).


Now I have to say, if this thing gets funded (it's a long way from the $150,000 they're looking for), this could very well end the quest for the ultimate fly fishing kayak.  It's specs are on par with most of the others mentioned in prior posts - 13 feet long, 32" wide, 75 pounds, etc... but what really draws me to this particular boat are the deployable pontoons and all of the deck space...


Deployable pontoons aren't a new concept...the Freedom Hawk Pathfinder has something similar (although executed much differently), however what it doesn't have is all of the open deck space for whatever...including a cooler, extra gear, a kid, you name it.  It just seems laid out so intelligently, I have to say I'm extremely impressed and rooting for the…

Initial Thoughts: TFO Mangrove Series 8-Weight Fly Rod

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I think Temple Fork Outfitters is a bit misguided when it comes to tenkara...but damn if the TFO Mangrove Stick by Flip Pallot isn't one sweet fly rod.


After casting a few different rods, and reading a lot of reviews, I decided this rod was to be my 8-weight of choice.  Why this one?  Well, I'm not going to "put down" any other rods in particular, that's not really how I roll.  But clearly the Mangrove didn't win on looks...no fancy carbon fiber reel seat...no space age grips (athough the contrasting rings at the top of the cork grip are handsome)...and in typical TFO fashion I didn't buy it for the rod tube, because TFO rods don't come with 'em...rather it all came down to feel.


See, making the transition from small stream rods to saltwater rods, I have to say I've absolutely HATED some of the broomstick stiff "fast" rods I've cast to date.  No feel in those whatsoever...I like to know that 9 feet away, the thing is loading and…

A (Non-Fishing) Southern Observation

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I like having this blog because it gives me the forum to write whatever the heck I want.  Yeah, I guess with a name like Troutrageous! it's supposed to be fishing themed, but who cares...

So here's the bit of randomness for today...

Does every restaurant in the South offer you a drink "to go" at the end of every meal?
As in, "Can I get y'all anything else...can I fetch y'all a drink to go?"


To which they'll undoubtedly find the biggest Styrofoam cup possible to fill with your beverage of choice and send you off on your merry way...?  The Yankee in me does not comprehend...


It may be old hat for you, but it's a concept totally foreign to me...sure, the places I frequented in Pennsylvania gave refills during meals, well at least if the waitstaff remembered to offer them; but it was rare that I remember, probably because it never happened, that I or my family was ever offered up a refill for the road.  (And I'm not talking coffee either, b…

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Part 2

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With the original "The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak" post being so well received, I thought I might continue along this particular path and update it with a second installment.


(Just to briefly recap, the first post highlighted the following fishing kayaks: NuCanoe Frontier, Jackson Coosa & Cuda, Freedom Hawk 12, Badfish Badfisher, and the Diablo Chupacabra...)

However, there were so many good suggestions made in the comments of the original post, as well as in other social media outlets this blog is hooked into, I figured it might be a good idea to document those as well in a follow up...so here we go...

Leading off, the Emotion Stealth Angler (suggested by Spurky) is a pretty interesting choice.  The smallest, and most price friendly, I'm not sure that it accommodates my desire to stand up, but everything else is top notch.  Nice and compact, I think this would be a lot of fun to have to simply tool around in...with a little bit of fishing functionality…

Flailing In The Salt - Big Talbot Island State Park

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One of my co-workers mentioned to me the other week that if I wanted to see something pretty interesting, to head up to Big Talbot Island State Park along Nassau Sound.  He said I had to see the "Dead Tree Beach," or something along those lines...

With KC & Lilly hanging with the in-laws down in Melbourne, FL, I thought it might be an opportunity to do some exploring...and where there's water, heck, why not bring the fly rod just because I didn't pay for that Florida fresh & saltwater fishing license for no reason...


Well, they weren't kidding, this place was pretty crazy.  Tons of dead trees (I assume toppled by erosion) that were bleached by the sand & salt, just line the beach for a really long stretch.  And then there are these slippery as heck "rocks" I guess that are made of compressed sand or mud or something...  Pretty surreal...I almost expected to round the corner and see the head and outreached arm of a buried Statue of Liberty in…

Valley Creek - The Return

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Back in Philadelphia for a few days, I carved out about two hours last night to hit up good ol' Valley Creek and say 'hi.'

Last time I was at Valley was back in April for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Blogger Trouting.  The fishing was so good that day I had figured for that I'd just make that the last hurrah for a while and leave it on a good note.  But proximity to my hotel and a new (to me) Tenkara USA Ebisu rod made it simply too convenient to pay Valley Forge National Historical Park a visit.

I'd lie if I said the fishing was epic.  The water was stained, fish weren't rising, and in general, the action was pretty slow.  I mustered one small fish and about a half a dozen "swipes" where the browns took a stab at, but just wouldn't take the fly.  That said, the Ebisu, when paired with a furled line, casts great.  I found the presentation of the fly to the water very soft, I'd like to try some more 5:5 rods/

My poor luck was probably the fish…

SkyMall Tenkara?

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Was flying to Philly from Jacksonville yesterday and picked up the copy of SkyMall in the back of the seat in front of me to pass a bit of the time.

After paging past indoor doggie pottys and zombie lawn ornaments, I noticed a telescopic fishing rod for sale for $30.


Collapsible Telescoping Fishing PoleTake this incredible Telescoping Fishing Pole anywhere! This amazing fishing pole collapses to an incredible 24.25 inches and extends to an astounding 171.5 inches!Features:Telescoping Fishing Pole Dimensions:Collapsed: 24.25 x .875 x 1.25 inchesExtended: 171.5 x .875 x 1.25 inches2 HooksFishing LineLureStorage Compartment in Base of RodDurable Plastic ConstructionNylon Carrying Case
At least they didn't call it tenkara...

A Case of the Mondays

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Anybody else got a case of the Mondays?


You probably do if you enjoyed a long Independence Day weekend and are now (or soon to be) back at work.  Oh well...*sigh*...it was good while it lasted.  Back to TPS reports.

Me?  I'm trying to use the "glass is half full" approach.  In this case, my glass is half filled with sweet tea as I've been drinking the stuff like crazy since moving to Northeast Florida.  That Uncle Si's on to something.  That's a fact, Jack.


Anyway, my tea glass is half full because although it sucks to be back at work, this week also marks the ICAST / IFTD "co-habitation" of shows out in Las Vegas.  While I'm not going, and everyone laments that "trade shows aren't what they used to be," I'd like to think that some bloggers might be attending, as well as the social media arms of our favorite companies and retailers, so there should be a bonanza of new gear sightings, pricing, and details on the interwebz.  And …

Warmwater Tenkara & Fiberglass 4-Weights

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My inlaws are visiting for the 4th of July weekend and wanted to go check out the beach over in Ponte Vedra after dinner last night.  They really hadn't frequented Jacksonville in the past, so exploration was in order.  So while they headed out with K.C. & Lilly, I thought I'd head over to the pond I tested the Redington Vapen at other night and play with the panfish to kill some time.  Also thought I'd try some warmwater tenkara, so I brought the Ayu II...in addition to the Cabela's 4-weight fiberglass CGR that I'm fond of using for 'gills.
Bluegill action was slower than the night before.  I caught a few on the Ayu, which I have to admit was pretty damn fun.  Unfortunately, the biggest one popped off as I was hand-lining it in after a pretty acrobatic fight.  This was pretty typical of the catch; most being this size, or just a bit larger.

Then I switched over to the CGR.  I love fishing this rod for bluegills, sunfish, and the like because there's l…

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak

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Now that I live in Florida, I want to save up my pennies to get a fishing kayak.  I had thought I had figured out a way to get one on the cheap...but don't think I'm gonna go there...

Being partial to the fly fishing game, I'd like a 'yak that I can stand up in to sight fish, cast to them, and obviously get some leverage during the fight...which is a little bit of a tall order.  Most of the fishing kayak sites that I see feature dudes that are sitting down, using spinning or baitcast rods and stuff like that.  I definitely want to fly fish.  Plus, I don't really plan on taking it out in the ocean, more so in lakes, rivers, and intercoastal waters.


There are only a few other needs that I have outside of the fly fish/stand up thing - the two most important being size and weight.  I'd prefer it not weigh a billion pounds, and not be ridiculously long.  Basically, I'd like it to be something I can feel comfortable transporting myself, without too much struggle …

Happy 4th of July, 2013!

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A continuation of the last two year's "Famous Fly Fishers of the Fourth," found HERE & HERE.

*Pre-Photoshop components "liberated" from Western Wyoming Fly Fishing Journal...which was later confirmed to be lifted from Delta Trout Force...& History Stuff That Interests Me (who also clearly lifted it from somewhere else but I don't know where).

Introducing The Troutrageous! Fishing Blogger Pro Staff

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I will never be a respected enough fisherman to be named to a "Pro Staff" of a fishing company or brand.  I'm cool with that.  I'm lucky if I fish a handful of times a month, and that honor should be reserved for somebody of some sort of accomplishment...like Lefty Kreh, KVD, or the Old Man and the Sea, not a hack fishing blogger.  That said, it doesn't mean I can't assemble my own Troutrageous! Fishing Blogger Pro Staff...

So what exactly qualifies someone to be a member of the Troutrageous! Fishing Blogger Pro Staff?  Allow me to clarify that for you. 
1)  You have to be a fishing blogger (of a blog I actually read)   2)  I need to have met you in person at least once 3)  You never agreed to be a member and are likely on this list against your will      (I look forward to the impending legal action)
So without further adieu, I introduce the Troutrageous! Fishing Blogger Pro Staff...
Func
Dub
Smooth Steve
RD
Owl
Tony
Da JerseyBoyz
Touch of Klass
and last but not leas…