May 13, 2019

It's Driftless Week

Gonna be a tough week to keep the mind on work. Headed to the Driftless on Friday, for my annual Midwest trout pilgrimage.

In prior years there used to be a Midwest Tenkara Fest in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, but sadly, that's no more. There is a camp out going on over the weekend with some tenkara folks in the area. I'll probably swing on by and say hello on Saturday, although I'm not planning on camping out. Will definitely be nice to see a few familiar faces.

While I'll have a few tenkara rods on hand, like the Three Rivers Confluence pictured below, I think I'm going to bring the fly rod (with reel) too, just in case I want to chuck some streamers.

A lot of the places I'm used to fishing and hanging out at got hit pretty bad by flooding last year, so I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I'm certain some streams will be recovered, while others significantly changed. Fortunately, there's tons of trout water to fish in all directions, so I'm not too concerned.

The weather looks somewhat like a mixed bag. Nice, cooler temps than what I've got going on now in Florida, however rain appears a constant threat. I'd certainly welcome it in small volumes... I always seem to fish a little bit better when the water is slightly stained. Not too much though... not looking for a washout.

If it does rain too much, I guess there's always beer... and brats... and cheese curds...
For my waistline's sake, pray for sun.

April 29, 2019

History of Brown Trout in New Zealand

Sight fishing for huge browns in New Zealand's gorgeous landscapes and crystal clear waters. Monster takes, BIGGER fish. It's the stuff dreams are made of... at least the dreams of anybody who's even somewhat familiar with the prolific fishery.

But did you know those browns (much like in the United States) don't really belong there? Nope, they were introduced by settlers a little over 150 years ago... Want to learn more? Well, then I'd highly recommend the recent "Anchored with April Vokey" podcasts where she sits down and speaks with Jack Kos, a New Zealand angler who studied the subject for his PhD thesis and gives a relatively deep dive into the brown trout's rich Kiwi history.

Or even better, especially if podcasts aren't your thing... check out this 20 minute video. It was also written by Jack and maintains much of the same story and theme.

Now that's the way to start the work week, am I right?

April 22, 2019

Easter Sunday Big Bend

Now I'm not going to pretend, pond fishing for bluegill is not particularly difficult. Tie a fly on, toss it out, and you're almost guaranteed to catch something. Anyway, that was the plan for yesterday evening, to catch a few fish before the weekend ended and it was time to reboot the work week...

What set yesterday apart was the size of the copperhead bluegills that came to hand. Virtually no dink bluegill for a change. All were legit, the kind you can barely hold in one hand. All really solid and particularly strong fighters that put a nice big bend on the end of a fixed-line rod.

It wasn't just bluegills though, I also caught a few bass as well, as the fish were generally fairly frisky. Fortunately, the recipe was rather easy. Black woolly bugger... cast at about 10 or 11 o'clock... let it sink for a count of five... slow twitch it horizontally across your body (or along structure) back to the bank. Even when you couldn't sight the the fish while in pursuit, the swirl in the water a foot behind where your line entered the water was a dead giveaway to brace for an impending strike. 

It was a fun way to kill an hour and a half at sunset on Easter Sunday.

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April 12, 2019

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Spring 2019

I’m happy to announce that the Spring 2019 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine is live!

The contributions are pretty interesting this go-round. There are several profiles and interviews in this one, including features on Red Brook Tenkara's Bill Holleran (by yours truly), Paul Gaskell (by Adam Trahan), & Discover Tenkara (by David West Beale).

In addition, you’ll find some destination fishing pieces by Rory Glennie and Karin Miller, gear articles by Tom Davis, Chris Hendriks, and Tristan Higbee, a fly swap recap from members of the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers, essays from Adam Rieger and Nick Pavlovski, and finally, a profile in yellow perch from Jim Wright.

As usual, the Spring issue will be available as an e-magazine over at Issuu, HERE.

And also available for sale as a physical magazine and PDF download in the Blurb bookstore, HERE.

I hope you enjoy a little weekend reading!