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Fishing with Friends (Through Their Ties)

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Craig went fishing with me yesterday.  It was a little bit chilly by Florida standards, but we had to try out those top secret tenkara rods that are cloaked in a veil of silence.  Fortunately, we caught some bluegill.

Funny thing is, he doesn't know it, until maybe now.


I used a kebari tied by Craig to go fishing after work yesterday.  I received them in a fly swap almost a year ago.  So while he wasn't actually there in body, he was there in tie.  I figured the size 6 fly would be perfect for the bluegill and occasional bass that lurk in the pond down the street from my house.  They were.  Super rad that a fly hand tied by a guy in Iowa caught fish in Northeast Florida.

(Yeah, I know everything is pretty much made somewhere else, but you get my point).


How often do you fish with flies that friends have tied for you?   I'd love to hear in the comments below.
I might try fishing with Anthony...or Adam...or Mike...or perhaps Kiwi tomorrow.

We'll see...

Tenkara, and the Man Card

I mentioned this video on Facebook yesterday, but thought it was worth a mention on the Mothership.

Even if you don't care for tenkara, Ron has a way with words that you'll likely find amusing.  I did.  It's 11 minutes well spent.  Heck, you can watch it on your phone while you're standing in the checkout line grabbing up some sort of Mart's Black Friday deals.

Enjoy...


If you enjoyed this, Ron wrote a guest post on this blog a little over a year ago.  Read it HERE.  You can also check out his blog A Tenkara Journey...

Happy Thanksgiving

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Hope everybody is enjoying the day with family, friends, food, and of course football.   What?  You thought I'd say fishing?  
Give thanks to the fish a give them a break today...they deserve one too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gear Review - Hobie Bayside Polarized Sunglasses

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Wait...I've been one of your readers for a while.  You reviewed Hobie Baysides back in 2010, right?


Ummm, yeah, so what...
Not too long after I moved to Florida I was contacted about doing a review for Hobie sunglasses again.  Being more than pleased with the product the first time, I figured why not...but this time I wanted a pair of "Blue Mirror" lens glasses, as the last pair reviewed were "Copper" lenses.  Once you read the description of the mirror lenses, the reasoning is clear...besides the fact that all the saltwater anglers in the magazine hero shots all seem to wear blue mirrored lens glasses.  Coincidence? The mirror polarized lens coating adds another layer of protection against scratches and smudges to the lightweight, thin and durable Borosilicate Glass polarized lens found on select styles in the Hobie® Polarized Heritage Collection. The scratch-resistant coating along with the HydroClean™ Plus glass polarized lens sheds water, resists dust and g…

Filling My Florida Fly Box

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I've been slowly but surely filling my saltwater fly box.  What started with a few Clouser Minnows has grown over the past month or two to include shrimp, crabs, and many other delicacies.

Upon learning that we were moving to Florida, my father-in-law got me a gift subscription to Florida Sportsman magazine.  The print magazine is always fun to look at each month, even though a lot of the baitfishing stuff is still somewhat foreign to me and there isn't a ton on fly fishing.  I feel a lot more knowledgeable by each passing issue - learning where to fish, how they behave, and all that good stuff.
That said, there's a wealth of fly fishing info to be found at Florida Sportsman online, like this gem (with cool interactive slideshow), which relates back to the first paragraph of this blog post...

So what are your top flies?  And I don't necessarily mean for Florida salt.   I'd love to learn what is essential for success in your neck of the woods in the comments below...

My Tenkara Submission to F3T or IF4 or STFU5

Tenkara.  Bluegill.  Neighborhood pond.
Go big or go home...


Don't knock it 'til you try it.

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak - Part 4

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This Wavewalk kayak is either awesomely ridiculous, or ridiculously awesome.  One thing is clear, it's stable.



Is it wrong that I really want to take one out for a paddle? If for no other reason than to act like this guy...

Fly Fishing Show Celebrity Deathmatch

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In the red corner, hailing from Asheville, NC and weighing 15 bucks, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo...


and in the blue corner, hailing from Titusville, FL, weighing 15 bucks (10 in advance), the Renzetti Fly Fishing & Rod Building Fair...


One is a 7 hour drive, the other a 2 hour drive.  Both contain a roster of luminaries.  One is probably trout-centric, the other salt.  Both are Saturday, December 7th and ripe for a T! stickerbombing.  Decisions, decisions...

The winner...

Ozzy, of course...



I've Had Enough of the "Salt Life"

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No, not Florida, but those damn Salt Life stickers that are on the back of every freakin' truck, minivan, and SUV in the greater Jacksonville area.  I know they've probably spawned, and may very well be in your neck of the woods too (wherever that might be), but Jacksonville is literally ground zero for these things...it's like stick figure family stickers x 10,000...


That said, it's a little bit humorous to see some of the spin-offs that some of the creative locals have come up with.

From the SEC fooball lovin', gator-centric Swamp Life...


To the beer-centric Malt Life...


To the intensely serious dog loving Lab Life...


To the somewhat unnerving Assault Life...


And I could go on and on, but won't...

There's even a local lifestyle brand / Salt Life competitor called Fish On! that is starting to show up on more and more rear windows...they supposedly make clothes, but I haven't seen too many people wearing them yet.


My wife (who once upon a time was a gra…

Two Things I Like About Florida

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1) You can catch a bass in pretty much any body of water you come across...


2) Hog removal services...



New Rod Offering From Tenkara USA

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Now that I have your attention...  I don't know what the new rods from Tenkara USA are...but recent indications in the Tenkara USA forum are that they are coming.  Very soon....


So with that said, what would you like to see in new offerings from Tenkara USA?  I have some wishes myself, and while I'm sure all of them won't be addressed, I'm hopeful one or two might.
1)  A "Don't call it Tanago" rod.  What I mean is a shorter, lighter version of the Iwana.  Something folks that fish brushy streams can use without freaking out above every overhanging tree branch.  I'm not going to get into the need for a cork handle, that makes no difference to me.  It's clear there is definitely demand for smaller, lighter rods...I'm sure Chris Stewart will tell you he sells plenty of "Headwaters" models.  Why fight it?

2)  A short(er) zoom rod.  Tenkara USA offers the longer zoom rod, the Ito, which extends from 13 feet long to slightly over 14 and a ha…

The Florida Gill Net Fiasco

Wanted to test embedding Google Plus posts in the blog. Not that I'm going to do it often, just to see how/if it works...

Please feel free to comment on the current issue of the on again, off again ban of gill netting by commercial fishermen in Florida, preferably on the Google post (given you have a Google account). If it doesn't render in your browser, that'd be nice to know too (in the blog's comments).

Gear Review: TryTenkara 360 6:4 Tenkara Rod

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"Wow, that's light..."

That was my initial impression, and probably most lasting impression when it comes to the TryTenkara 360 tenkara rod.  That, and "what's with the purple stripes?"

I had the opportunity recently to test drive this offering from The Tenkara Times, and not to spoil the review you may or may not read below, but I was really impressed by the rod.  I honestly didn't expect too much when I was first offered the review gig, but the rod came through and then some.
First I guess we'll get into the specs...
I don't have one of those fancy drug dealer postal scales some rod reviewers use to weigh their rods, but this model is light.  Like super-light.  Like even super-ultra-light.  The Tenkara Times website claims it's 62 grams.  Not being good with metric conversions, I'll just say it's on par, if not lighter, than the 11' Iwana from Tenkara USA, which is pretty impressive considering this rod is a foot longer extende…

Warmwater Tenkara Amid the Afternoon Raindrops

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This past Saturday morning was one of those days where you wake up to a dark, overcast rain that makes you just want to pull the sheets back up and go back to sleep for a few more hours.  Although once the rain broke a little after lunchtime, it was actually quite nice...and dare I say cool, by Florida standards at least.  
Not really having the sunlight left to take the kayak out, I hit the neighborhood ponds to see how active the fish might be after the rainfall, which at this point was reduced to the occasional drizzle.

I was glad I did.  The juvenile bass and bluegill were very active and receptive to my copper wire & grizzly hackle kebari.  I used this one fly to catch them all, so it was truly a "one fly" kind of day.  

Probably brought 15 or so fish to hand in the short time I was out there, mostly bass of the dink variety.  The tenkara rod handled them well and made the battles quite entertaining, even the bluegill, who probably fought harder than the bass. 

Okay…