I've been fortunate in my fishing to date that whenever I've traveled to fish - Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Virginia, North Carolina, etc, etc... I've usually been happy with the results. When I used to live 20 minutes from wild trout, a skunking was never preferred but was never really a big deal either.
Well, this past weekend didn't work out so well. Six and a half hours north to trout water, and, umm... no trout. About a half dozen nibbles, even one long distance release, but no fish to hand.
I know, I know, "That's why they call it fishing and not catching..."
Oh well, at least it was pretty out and I got a nice workout rock hopping.
It's all good. Until the next time.
There's a blog post out there that's been circulating for a little bit longer than a year with a very similar title to this one that I don't really care for. It's not so much the rods or companies that are recognized, it's the article's questionable evaluation of them, including calling them "American Made." Since that post seems to have good SEO qualities, it never quite fades into oblivion, resurfacing on social media every few months.
Rearing its head yet again on the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Facebook pagelast week, I decided to turn the tables and ask the group members what they think the five best tenkara rods are. You know, real feedback from real tenkara anglers. A few models (not exactly five) were mentioned, which I'll highlight below.
I would like to note that it appeared as if many people replied with a lean towards value or "beginner" rods. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just thought that context may be he…
With fish mortality and catch & release being an omnipresent topic, (particularly as it relates to trout), thought it might be an opportune time to discuss landing nets.
While not essential to the fishing experience, landing nets certainly can come in handy for those that want to land a fish quickly and efficiently, as well as perhaps snap a fast photo of their catch. A skilled netting allows the angler to keep the fish corralled (and wet), while they reach for their camera, smartphone, etc... and minimizes the overall handling time during the photography and/or release process. Heck, it can even serve as a nice backdrop for the photo itself.
Truthfully, this post could easily be called "5 Landing Net Options For The Small Stream Angler," but since most of these nets are associated with tenkara due to their shape and stylistic origin, I'm going to run with the original post title noted above.
I read this article last night before bed. I wasn't actively seeking places to fish, rather it was the first article served up on the Blue Ridge Outdoors website when I visited.
Articles such as this aren't all that uncommon, whether it be in physical or digital print media. The titles are catchy, and as an angler, who doesn't want to find out where the fish are at? However, every time I see one referenced by a 3rd party, it's typically in scorn. The reactions are somewhere along the lines of... "How dare you publicly expose these streams/creeks/rivers/ponds..." "Too many people are going to come and ruin the fishing..." "There goes the neighborhood..."
Once upon a time, I saw a comment on Facebook that said something to the effect of, "Every time an angler posts the location of a fishing hole, a baby dies." Now that was clearly in jest for effect, but it also reflected the general disdain some anglers have toward revealing where th…
We don't do guest posts that frequently on Troutrageous!, however, the content provided by Jeff from South Texas Kayak was so well composed and thorough, I thought I'd make an exception. Enjoy.
Are you a current canoe or paddleboat enthusiast? Are you thinking about venturing over into the kayak market? Well, you will probably find it much more enjoyable and challenging than other water sports. Kayaks have the capabilities to not only travel faster, but they can venture into harsher parts of the water. This is not to even mention the fact that you get two blades to paddle with instead of one. Kayaks also sit closer to the water, which can be a truly amazing feeling. However, the whole process isn’t just as easy as jumping right into the kayaking market.
You need to be aware of the anatomy and components of a kayak in order to truly understand the vessel and choose one that best suits you.
Knowing Your Genre Of Kayaking
The first thing you need to be aware of is, that there are …