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American Angler - Shopping Small

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Subscribing to a few fly fishing magazines, it's always enjoyable to see the occasional familiar face and/or name tucked within the pages.


In this month's American Angler, Zac Sexton wrote a piece on several small businessmen making names for themselves in the fly fishing industry such as Joe Goertzen (Goertzen Adventure Equipment), and friend of the Troutrageous! blog, Scott Hunter (Vedavoo). It was also pretty rad to see Cameron Mortenson from The Fiberglass Manifesto blog briefly mentioned as helping popularize leathersmith Lee Slikkers' bamboo rods, custom reel cases, and fly wallets. 
It's refreshing to find small batch artists receiving recognition of their skills in a large publication such as this. You'll not only find out more about the backgrounds of each of the three featured, but there's also a nice inset on page 20 that notes about 10 additional craftsmen.

If you have access to the November/December issue of American Angler, it's definitely wor…

Funny Money

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I didn't really talk about it much on the blog, but if you're friends with me in the other social channels, you may have caught the fact that after the recent trip to North Carolina, I headed West to San Francisco for a few days for work.

Well, about that trip. I was supposed to take a "red-eye" flight home on Thursday night, but Delta evidently sent the wrong sized plane, or straight up overbooked to the tune of 50 passengers, so I got bounced to a flight the next morning. Kind of an inconvenience, especially because I was assigned a dreaded middle seat on my 6 AM make up flight, but shit happens.
Anyway, for my troubles, I was provided with $600 in Delta dollars for a future flight to be booked over the next year.

So where should I go (and when)? I'm looking at this opportunity as an extra long weekend fishing trip or something; it will not subsidize my normal family vacation or annual planned fishing trips. Smells like a Spring or Summer trouting excursion to…

Tenkara Tuesday - 2016 Tenkara Jam

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After last week's post that really wasn't a true recap of the 2016 Tenkara Jam, I thought it probably right to do a complete recap for those that are interested, but weren't able to attend. And for those who don't care about the Jam, well, this will be my last post about it, I promise. :)

The Tenkara Jam was held on the 15th & 16th of October, in Cherokee, North Carolina. Cherokee is a pretty interesting mountain town, one that borrows from it's Native American heritage, but mixes in quite a bit of tourist kitsch. It's also a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means excellent outdoor adventure opportunities, including fly fishing.
Attendance of the Tenkara Jam was pretty impressive, particularly on Saturday. I believe organizer Jason Sparks posted on Facebook in the following days that over 170 people attended the event. That's a lot of people! And while many were already experienced in the dark art of tenkara, there were probabl…

Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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A week removed from physically being there, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has all but consumed my thoughts. The beautiful fall colors, the whisper of the trout streams, the ability to be amongst the crowds, yet still find the serenity of escape, are all haunting me (in a good way) as this Halloween month comes to a close.
Looking back, thought I'd share a few photos and highlights from the trip. There was so much water, I probably could have fished there each day, every day for a year and not fish it all, however having "base camp" in nearby Cherokee, NC, these were the spots I visited. 
The following spot runs right alongside the road as you head north through the park, past Smokemont Campground. A small footbridge passes the stream, and with a short walk, you can be totally removed from sightseers and picture takers. I went to this event after day one of the Tenkara Jam, as it was nearby and there was not a lot of daylight left.

I managed two small rainbows, and…

Tenkara Tuesday - Best of the Blue Ridge

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So like...I don't ask you, my wonderful readers for a lot...do I?
How about you do me one favor...and if you're really good, you could do that same favor once a day until the end of October? Maybe I'm stretching it, but you'll see why in a second.
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is holding their annual "Best of the Blue Ridge" competition. For those with fishing interests (like you), there is a category for "Best Fly Fishing Event"...and the Tenkara Jam is one of the five nominated finalists.
So go HERE and vote.

But you're saying, "Dude, I didn't go to the Tenkara Jam, and would you shut up about it already?" It doesn't matter, you know tenkara is rad, and we want the fairly large Blue Ridge Outdoors subscriber base to know it too. There's no doubt if when the Jam wins, their readers are going to ask themselves, "what the heck is a Tenkara Jam," and look it up on the internet. Cue the curiosity...and the next thing …

The Not Really A Recap of Tenkara Jam 2016

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So, this week's going to be a little weird. After I get in a my last day of fishing in the Smokies today, I'm driving to Atlanta to hop on a plane to San Francisco for work (don't ask)...and I'll be there until Friday. Ugh. So basically I'll be away from home (and any semblance of normalcy) for a full week. As such, the recap of the 2016 Tenkara Jam and the associated fishcapades will probably be a bit delayed.
That said, doesn't mean I can't share a few pictures that I might have handy...
Pimped a few magazines...



 Saw a few friends...



Ogled a few rods...



..and a few more rods...



...oh, and a few more rods...



Listened to some great speakers...



Was in awe of Jason Sparks...


And even caught a few fish...


Good times.

Like I said, will give a real recap when time allows. Hopefully sooner than later. I'm certain others will be posting stuff like crazy this week in social media. So in the meantime check Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for hashtags like #tenkarajam …