October 15, 2019

Micro Spey Curious

Micro spey... trout spey... whatever they call it, I'd love to check that out.

Photo: Gorge Fly Shop

I was listening to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide podcast on the subject last weekend (HERE) and my mind just started wandering, thinking about standing in a river, morning mist rising off the water, rolling out casts, swinging wets and streamers... most likely coming away skunked. Predicted result aside, I think could really get into that. It could be the larger water yin to my beloved small stream yang. Plus, not being a steelhead or salmon guy, there's a ton of terminology to learn... Scandi... Skagit... etc... and new flies to tie and fill fly boxes with...

Seems like it'd be a lot of fun to play around with for trout, and in a warm water setting, smallmouth bass. Could even be a blast on the shad run... and yes, we have them down in Florida.

Anyway, here's to daydreaming a bit. If nothing else, it's always fun to window shop for new gear.

October 14, 2019

Not A Fishing Report

I don't often write for therapeutic reasons, but I hope this post serves a little bit of that purpose. So bear with me on this one... this is less fishing report, more of a first world problem pity party. Yes, there are pictures of the outdoors and fish, so even if you (wisely) choose not to read this post, you can at least scroll through those so your click to visit this site was not in vain...

See, I haven't been having a good run lately on either a mental or physical health front. I've been putting in some long hours of work, both at the office and once again logging in when I get home. I go to bed late and get up early. Really not taking very good care of myself, can't tell you the last time I went for an evening walk around the neighborhood or weekend bike ride. I've put back on most of the weight I lost last year thanks to compensatory stress eating and low amounts of willpower. I'm generally exhausted and run-down, and a little more irritable than normal. If my Mom were to read this (she won't, I don't think anybody in my family reads this blog anymore) she'd tell me I'm "burning the candle at both ends."

Holistically, my home life is stable. My wife is extremely supportive and Lilly seems to be having a fairly good 8th grade school year and is looking forward to sneaking in one last evening of trick or treating in a few weeks. She's a good kid and I love how unique she is. She's more than comfortable zigging when others zag. So that's a positive. I shouldn't ignore the positives. I have a very good life; things could certainly be way worse. Unfortunately, I just don't feel right. This funk I'm in is probably the most wrong I've felt in a long time.

With that said, I really needed to make a weekend run to the sanctuary of the woods. It seems to be the only place I feel I can get my head straight, even if it is only for a few hours. Perhaps its because cell phone coverage can't reach me there. I love a lot about technology, but sometimes miss the days when we weren't accessible 24-7 and expected to respond to such intrusions. I'm an only child, so finding happiness and fulfillment from being alone doesn't come hard.

So I left right from work on Friday evening, drove for a few hours and got to where I needed to in time to get a little shut eye. I should have taken the opportunity to sleep in a bit on Saturday morning for a change, but rather woke up early and found some water and trout, and just tried to clear my mind for a little while...

The alone time and cooler temperatures were enough to coax a crooked smile, and perhaps bring back some of the missing balance I was seeking. At least temporarily.

As I type this post early on a Sunday evening, I know all those feelings I ran away from on Friday are just going to rapidly intensify in a few short hours. The stress and anxiety I escaped will be back; heck, I actually feel it starting to ball up inside me a touch now.

I wish I had a cute little concluding paragraph for this post that made the claim that fly fishing cured all my ills, and say I'm all good now, but I don't. I'm not seeking your sympathy or positive reinforcement, everybody has issues, and most (if not all) are bigger and more messed up than mine. It's called life, it throws punches, and I just need to suck it up for the time being. Things are bound to get better in time, they always do. But for now I'm definitely down in the dumps and I haven't started digging out quite yet. I just needed to write this all down to maybe help me find the shovel.

October 8, 2019

Tenkara Tuesday: Tenkara Angler Magazine Fall 2019

It's Tenkara Tuesday, haven't had one of these in a while, but I though this might be a good occasion. Last weekend, I put the finishing touches on the latest issue of Tenkara Angler magazine, the quarterly drop for Fall 2019.

These magazines can be a lot of fun to put together, and this one was actually quite memorable. I absolutely LOVE some of the stories in this issue from the western United States, people doing tenkara both in the mountains and deep canyons. Then toss in some fixed-line action for pink salmon and smallmouth bass... it's enough to make you make you more than a little fidgety and eager to get back on the water!


As usual, the Summer 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.


September 23, 2019

September 2019 Tenkara Garage Sale

Doing a little housecleaning, thought I'd post up a few tenkara rods for sale, as I'm trying to thin my collection a bit. I've just realized that there are certain rods I just don't use much (or at all) anymore. That's not fair to the rods, they were made to be fished!

If you're in the market, most of these are is really good shape (only fished a few times), so a deal could be had, be it for a primary, backup, or loaner rod.

SOLD - Tenkara USA Sato 3-Way Zoom Tenkara Rod (MSRP $250)
Like new, Tenkara USA Sato with updated cosmetics; this rod only used a few times. VERY clean rod, even has both tip caps. Includes stretchy rod sock and hard tube.

SOLD - NIRVANA 400 13' Tenkara Rod (MSRP $179.99)
Like new, excellent 400 class rod, used a half dozen times. VERY clean rod, rod when bought brand new does not come with a tip plug, so universal tip cap included. Also includes stretchy rod sock and hard tube.

SOLD - Tenkara USA Rhodo 3-Way Zoom Tenkara Rod (MSRP $250)
Used, but well maintained first generation Tenkara USA Rhodo. Rod shows wear from 5 years of use in small mountain streams. Includes rod sock and hard tube.

SOLD - Badger Tenkara Rocky Creek Special 8'6" Tenkara Rod (MSRP $100)
Small stream rod, only 8'6". Perfect for getting in those tight spots. Used twice, very clean rod and foam handle. Includes rod sock and hard tube. A cousin to the popular Badger Tenkara U.N.C. rod.

Should any of that strike your fancy, check out the T! Store HERE for simple credit card transactions, and don't worry, I don't see your number, it's processed through Square, a prominent 3rd party credit card processor.

Heck, even feel free to pop me an email HERE for more information on any of the items, or if you'd prefer to pay for something in a different fashion, such as PayPal.