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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Slept in a bit this morning, so these greetings might be a little late, but hope everyone out there has an awesome Thanksgiving!

Our family is going low key this year, but there will certainly be good food on the table, exciting football on the TV, (well, my Eagles are playing, so let's call it marginal football) and of course lots of  gratitude and warm thoughts.  Can't ask for much more than that.



Exploring Florida - The St. Augustine Alligator Farm

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Haven't written an "Exploring Florida" post in a while, (heck haven't written much at all as this has been one of the least inspiring fishing years I've had in a while), so I figured this would be a good time to revisit the theme since it's 100% independent of any fishing pursuits.

A few weeks ago, Lilly & I took a little trip down to St. Augustine, particularly the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. It's just one of those places we've sort of taken for granted in the almost three years we've lived in Florida. We'd always say, "we should go check that out sometime," yet we never did, at least until recently.
That was a big mistake on our part, and we both left pleasantly surprised. This attraction has far more to offer than alligators (the lemurs were Lilly's stars of the show), so if you're ever in the St. Augustine area, it makes for a really neat 2ish hour diversion. My pictures below probably don't do it justice. Highl…

Public Service Announcement - This River Is Wild

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Many of you are familiar with the exploits of the "This River Is Wild" crew. Great writing & photos, awesome fish, carp camo, all that good stuff...


Well, due to some unfortunate events, their blog was forced to move URLs to:
http://www.thisriveriswildflyfishing.com/.

So if you haven't recently, check 'em out (again), and don't bother going to the old site should you have it bookmarked, blogrolled, feedburned, or whatever...unless you enjoy the writing of domain squatters.

We now return to regularly scheduled programming...

Wednesday Nibbles - The North Jersey to North Georgia Edition

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Wednesday...
...Nibbles Wednesday...
...Nibbles Wednesday...
...Nibbles Let's Go!
Tie One On...

Got the flyer (or is it flier?...perhaps it's more like a pamphlet) in the mail for the 2015 International Fly Tying Symposium up in Somerset, NJ the other week. In case you're interested in attending, it'll be the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21 & 22.


It's been maybe 3 or 4 years since I've been to one, and unless you're a hardcore fly tyer, it's probably not an event you need to go to each and every year, but I have to tell you that if you haven't been, it's definitely worth swinging by. Getting up close and personal and being able to observe and ask questions of folks who really know their way around a vise is a serious treat. Plus, it's not all tying, there are usually some retailers in attendance, as well as a casting pond.  Heck, it's the 25th anniversary of the event this year, maybe there will be cake too...as the image above …

Tenkara Tuesday - 2015 Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Blue Lines & Brookies Kebari Swap

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Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

While not a prolific fly tyer, I do enjoy participating in a good fly swap every now and then. It's pretty interesting to see what others can whip up on their vises...or perhaps even in-hand.


Recently, the opportunity presented itself on the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Facebook group page. Themed "Blue Lines & Brookies" this fly swap was introduced as follows by the "swapmeister" Joe Deppe:  "Anthony Naples of Three Rivers Tenkara is our guest tyer! Anthony has brought us Casting Around, his art work, Tenkara Times and now ONI rods to the USA and now he is bringing you the chance to get a must have set of backcountry kebari!! The theme is just that Backcountry Kebari. What is backcountry to me may not be to you but that is all right as long as we all get a big pack of Kebari in the mail. Think Blue Lines and Brook Trout and you will be on the right track. Need suggestions just ask on this post. New and need pointers on tyin…

The Next Time I Visit Valley Creek In October I'll Leave The Rod At Home...

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Haven't been back to Pennsylvania all that often since I moved to Florida. It's a shame, I miss it a lot, but for whatever the reason I've only been back maybe three (or four) times in almost three years.

A few weekends ago, back on the 17th of October, we decided to change that...and I even tried to get a little fishing in. Albeit somewhat unsuccessfully.


It was sort of funny, Mother Nature must have known we were coming from sunny, 85 degree Florida. A cold front pushed through the region coinciding with our arrival, dropping the overnight/early morning temperatures down to the low 30s, the coldest in Philadelphia since April.

I had to use the window defrosters on the car in the morning...I don't even think cars in Florida have window defrosters. That kinda sucked. Ugh, I'm getting soft.

I should have known better, back in 2013 I visited at almost the same timeof year and had very similar results. Valley Creek probably could have benefited from some rain too, the…

Who Says Fly Tying Is Hard?

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Who loves spending hours upon hours at the fly tying vise?  Not me, I'd rather be fishing, or eating candy or something...
With that in mind, I couldn't help but share this post/recipe from TenkaraBum on "The Overhand Worm." And don't think just because the source has "tenkara" in it, that this is only a tenkara fly. Remember, the fish don't know if you use a reel or not...