April 20, 2020

Totally Squatchy - Jim Haggart Carvings

This has nothing to do with fishing, rather more to do with something else I dig... Bigfoot. You may better know him (or her) as Sasquatch, Yeti, or the Swamp Ape, but you better believe that it's big, real, and out there.

Anyway, found these chainsaw wood carvings from artist Jim Haggart while scrolling on Instagram a month or two ago, and I think you'll probably agree, they're pretty amazing.

He sells them through his eBay store, Chainsaw Carving Critters, and I think one will be making its way from New York down to Florida soon. I'm just not sure which one to choose!

For a lot more, check out Jim's Instagram feed HERE.

April 17, 2020

Free Tenkara Fishing Webinars

Stealing this content from an email I got from Tanuki (Luong Tam) about some upcoming free webinars that he is hosting next week. Both Matt & Rob are extremely knowledgeable in the subjects they are covering, so I'd highly recommend dropping in on one or both if you have the time!

Fundamentals of Tenkara Rod Fishing with Matt Sment
7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST - Monday, April 20th

Matt Sment, co-founder of Badger Tenkara Rod in Wisconsin, has experience of over five years of teaching tenkara fishing. Matt will share a lot of tips and tricks on tenkara fishing. Matt is a tenkara nomad who travels across western states to fish with tenkara rods. 


The Art of Modern Casting with Robert Worthing
7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST - Wednesday, April 22nd

Robert pushes the casting with a level line into the next level. "Casting is a challenging game of itself". Robert mastered his casting style with a very fine level line. He uses the mobile app to analyze and to teach fishers from a base to aerial bending. Once a fly hits the water, he is ready to go.


April 16, 2020

Who Knows The Dirty On Asian Carp?

I've lived on the East Coast my whole life. When I've fished it's been in trout streams, freshwater lakes, or even the ocean. I never really did the river thing, at least not like they do in the Midwest, even though I've lived near a few nice sized waterways over the years.

So, I was watching this "Cal's Week In Review" short from the MeatEater crew that put a spotlight on invasive Asian carp overtaking the local waterways of Tennessee...

If you're even passively into fishing, I'm sure you've read articles about Asian carp in the Mississippi River, the threat to them entering the Great Lakes, perhaps even watched videos of them jumping into boats and smacking into people as they speed down the water, etc...

But none of those references focus on how good the carp evidently taste. I've always thought they were trash fish, but Ol' Cal, and some of the folks featured in the video all seem to believe they're excellent table fare... possibly better than catfish.

Intrigued, I Googled a few articles, and they all say the same thing. They're apparently delicious. Why don't people ever mention this? Why are carp not more commonly found on menus? It's like a dirty little secret or something. Is it just because they have a bad reputation, or perhaps not as visually appealing as a trout or salmon?

Now, while I have no interest in pursuing them with a fishing rod for sport (why would you if they jump in your boat), if anybody ever wants to have a fish fry after this social distancing thing is done, let me know... I'll bring the coleslaw, tartar sauce, and beer.

April 13, 2020

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Spring 2020

Just wanted to quickly note that the Spring 2020 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine went live this morning. I've been working on putting together this Spring issue for a couple of weeks now, and here it is, in all of it's Issuu-based page flipping glory.

The Spring issue turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. It'd be pretty hard to mess up based on the excellent contributors this quarter. There were essays and articles on both tenkara and fixed-line fly fishing, as well as some pretty stellar photography. There was even a little bit of art and poetry slid in there for good measure. Enjoy!

I hope you do take a peek if you have the spare time. The magazine has been a labor of love and this installment was particularly important to me because it's going to be the last regularly published issue of Tenkara Angler in its current state. Basically, there were a compounding of factors that led to this decision, including relatively poor smartphone readability within Issuu, expensive on-demand costs to produce print copies, and less and less content in which to choose from with each passing deadline.

Instead, I'll focus on updating and growing the Tenkara Angler website... and maybe have a few friends join the team to help out. Yeah, the world probably needs another tenkara blog like they need three more months of quarantine, but I've got some creative and hopefully unique ideas bouncing around in my head, so if you were a fan of the magazine, please make sure to bookmark the website moving forward.

April 12, 2020

Kings of the Yukon

In an attempt to get outside, I've been taking a lot of long walks, either early evening or on the weekends, during this period of social distancing. It's been a great opportunity to get a little bit of exercise, fresh air, and catch up on the podcasts I typically listen to on my commute to and from work.

One I streamed yesterday was from The Itinerant Angler. Host Zach Matthews' podcasts are always informative and enjoyable, plus they're on the relatively short side (about a half hour) and make for an easy listen. This particular episode was an interview with Adam Weymouth, who had written a book called Kings of the Yukon, in which he canoed the length of the Yukon River, from the headwaters to the sea, tracing the migratory path of Pacific salmon, and learning more about the fish and the sub-populations of people in the region that historically relied on them.

It's a fantastic listen, one I highly recommend.

It also took me back to a few years to my family's summer vacation to Alaska... you know those simpler times when we were allowed to leave the house.

It was a great look back, and also reminded me of one of the little tricks one of our tour guides gave us to remember the five types of Pacific salmon, by referencing the fingers on your hand.

Thumb = Chum salmon (rhymes with thumb).

Pointer Finger = Sockeye (what finger would you use to poke somebody in the eye?... ok, this one is admittedly a stretch).

Middle Finger = King (the largest/longest finger)

Ring Finger = Silver (rings are made of metal, silver)

Pinky Finger = Pink (self-explanatory).

I guess the only way this could get confusing is if you're more familiar with these fish by their alternate names, as each has one. For example, the Chum is also known as the Dog salmon, Sockeye/Kokanee, King/Chinook, Silver/Coho, and the Pink/Humpback.

Anyway, just a little salmonid knowledge for today. If you get a chance, listen to that podcast, maybe pick up a copy of the book, and let's all dream of days we can once again travel without concern to places such as Alaska to see them in their natural environment.